The chicken carcass became broth, and I made “meatballs” with the leftover lentil salad, a dab of pâté, an egg, and some flour, then poached them in the broth. Soba and braised pan di zucchero finished the bowl. The meatballs were OK, but needed more zing- ginger, garlic, and chile, maybe, and some matzo meal to improve the texture. This dish also underscored the urgency of making the big crock of kimchi I’ve been planning for the minute our cabbages are big enough; with our first frost likely to come on Sunday night I’ll probably make it on Saturday just in case my winterizing doesn’t work.

5 comments to Soup

  • Moonbear

    A work of art! No- a work of food! You are a creative genius. How many leftover dabs of this and that could be made into “meatballs” or, dumplings, or whatever you want to call it? I can’t wait to try.

  • Zoomie

    Love the whole look, especially in that gorgeous bowl and because you didn’t cook all the color out of the green parts. It looks deeply satisfying.

  • peter barrett

    You guys are too kind. I try to let the combination of garden and leftovers dictate the parameters and waste as little as possible. It keeps it interesting, and usually turns out OK.

  • Bruno

    It’s that time of year again, isn’t it! Sounds very tasty Peter…

  • peter barrett

    Nothing like cold, rain, and a coughing kid to get the old inner Jewish Grandmother up and running…

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