Daisy Bateman

Experiment: Soup

Who doesn’t occasionally look at the assembled goods in their kitchen and pantry and think, “What the heck, I’ll make soup”? Sane people, probably. But they’re missing out. 1. Assemble the ingredients

Two half-empty bottles flat beer, 1/2 package salt pork, 1/2 bundle dinosaur kale, 1 shallot (purchased), container of lentils, 2 cartons expired chicken stock (1 opened, partly used), salt, pepper*

2. Brown the salt pork

Should have cut it smaller.

3. Chop and add the shallot.

I love shallots. They’re like the onion’s younger, cooler cousin.

4. Add the beer.

Why not?

5. Add the stock, bring to a boil, then add the lentils.

These steps are not very visually interesting. Also, I definitely should have cut the salt pork smaller.

6. Chop and add the kale.

Looks like we may have a problem here.

7. Get another carton of stock out of the cupboard and add that.

That’s better.

8. Cook until it seems done, adding salt occasionally. Serve and eat.

Tasted much better than it looks. Needed more salt.

*Didn’t end up using the pepper.

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