As a side note to impromptu recipes: I seem to still be too nervous to try out food experiments on the boy for fear of a bad reaction, things I did not concern myself with too much while living with the girls. Thanks ladies ;) Apparently I love you as testers for strange concoctions, admittedly not always with good results. But tonight was just me and a bottle of red (No, of course not the whole bottle! ... I wouldn't be writing this right now, that is for sure!) so I just threw the cut veggies in the pot, and let it rip. With a decent return on my investment of time and resources, I'm am pleased to count this soup experiment successful!
(I really roughed this out, so feel free to take the idea and run with it in any direction you wish ;)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Onion, diced
2 Carrots, diced
2 Celery stalks, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
Stalks from a bunch of broccoli* (I just had it in the fridge, but feel free to omit)
1 Quart of Chicken or Vegetable stock
1 Tb Vinegar (I learned in school, you've gotta have the acid! use apple cider or champagne for this one)
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp dry oregano (and whatever herbs/spices sound good to you!)
1/2 cup Millet
3 Red potatoes, peel and dice (if you do this while the mirepoix sweats, you won't end up with brown potatoes)
1/4 head Cabbage, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Heat the oil over medium heat, add the onion, carrots, celery & a pinch of salt, and cook for about 8-10 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and cook an additional 30 seconds.
2. Stir in the stock, add the bay leaf, oregano, millet & potatoes and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and cook for 6 minutes. Then, stir in the cabbage and cook for 10-15 more minutes, or until potatoes, grains and veggies reach desired textures. Salt and pepper as you see like. That's it!
*When trimming broccoli stalks, I do end up with a lot of waste, as it is a fairly fibrous part of the veggie. Better to use it, than toss it though! I did not blend this soup and the pieces are eaten whole, so I want it all gone. Trim all the exterior of the stalk, so you just have the middle portion that is much lighter in color and dice like you would normally.