While looking up recipes for vegetable stock I came across the wise advice of Jamie Oliver, “I find that I tend to make this after we’ve had our Sunday roast − I just throw the carcass in a pan with any root veg and herbs I happen to have”. Any root veg and herbs I happen to have!?! Well, I can do THAT in Korea. After having too much food poisoning and buying bad chicken from the store, I eat mostly vegetarian. Adventures in stock making was so easy, much easier than finding vegetable stock at the store (I got some beef stock but it tastes weird- like it wasn’t made in the US! HAHAHA). So what veg and herb did I have? After prepping for stuffed pepper soup I had some extras for the stock:
1 1/2 Onion; really the top, bottom and outer skin of two onions- this includes the peel
One Carrot; roughly chopped
One bell pepper; remains of a green and orange pepper
Four cloves garlic; smashed with the peel on
1/2 a leek; big pieces
1/2 bunch of green onion; cut into four
1/2 bunch Chinese celery; scrunched a few times then cut into four
With some grape oil, I browned the veg threw in the herbs- let them sweat it out a little, then filled with water and covered with a lid. After putting the heat really low, I watch Fantastic Four and Dr.T and the Women. Both of which I had never seen, they were entertaining but not as good as Christian Bale as Batman. He reminds me of Wyll. I’m fine being the only one who sees it.
After three or so hours of movie watching, I put a colander in a mixing bowl and separated the now colorless vegetables from the now flavor rich, brown water. Stock done, moving to the soup!
Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup (you will need 2 pounds of blanched, diced tomatoes):
In a hot pan with a little grape oil add diced:
One green pepper
One red pepper
Four cloves of garlic
One pound blanched tomatoes
Cover with Spices- to taste:
Then add the Other ingredients:
Half gallon of stock- enough to cover the veg and feed the rice
Once the soup is hot and the spices are incorporated taste that bad boy, make any final adjustments then add:
One cup clean rice
This soup ends up really thick like a chili. I topped it with yogurt, lemon and green onions. Enjoy!