I like to assign people theme songs. Not ringtones, theme songs. Then when their name pops into my head or I see them, I start singing their song in my head.
Or out loud. There may be dance moves.
Someone who's now forever linked with macaroni and cheese got assigned “Hot n Cold” by Katy Perry. Because that’s what the whole relationship was. Every time it came on I would oh-so-lovingly serenade him with it...then he put two and two together and figured out why it was his song. It wasn’t a compliment.
It’s no longer his song. He no longer merits a song (ooh, burn). But not to worry, the weather has since been reassigned “Hot n Cold”. It was 80 something degrees out yesterday. It felt like summer. It was rather glorious. Today? It’s cloudy. And Southern California cold (translation: I put on a sweatshirt, but I still wore my Rainbows). It’s in the low 60s people.
And when the weather turns cold (stop laughing), what could be better than soup?
Answer: A Hot Toddy, but it is too early in the day for such a thing.
Which brings us back to soup. Cabbage soup. I’m sure I’ve already over shared enough today, but I have to share one more thing: I love cabbage. Seriously, I go nuts for it in all its many forms. Slaws, kimchi, sauerkraut, roasted, braised, sauteed...I love them all. So when I saw the recipe for Cabbage Soup in Super Natural Everyday, I knew I had to make it. It spoke to me.
Cabbage, potatoes and beans may be some of winters humblest ingredients, but in Heidi’s hands they manage to have star power. Even with a punch of curry powder, slivers of cabbage still manage to add their particular brand of nuttiness. Creamy potatoes and garbanzo beans add texture, heft, and protein. The soup is somehow hearty enough to fill you up, but light enough to not bog you down. (Or what I call the Phở effect).
This isn’t the Katy Perry of soups. Its not flashy. Its not whipped cream bras and fireworks. Its the song you listen to when you’re sad because it feels like a hug.
PS: In case you're curious, my theme song is "Only the Good Die Young" by Billy Joel.