Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Soup Kitchen


Over the weekend, we  made a mango Indian-spiced soup for our Indian Feast, fantastically photographed by our favorite vegan couple Eric and Lauren, and a carrot ginger soup from Healthy Happy Life. The carrot soup, above, was served with a tomato salad with crumbled aged cashew cheese, balsamic, olive oil, and salt and pepper.



Soup is in my blood. Long ago, my grandparents worked at the Kensington Society Soup Kitchen in Fishtown, which served those in need of a hot meal in the neighborhood. My grandfather had retired, but since he loved being around people and being active in the community, he took on the gig.

When the giant soup kettles were not being used, I remember they let us climb inside to take our photo. I do hope they remembered to clean it afterward. Fishtown Sneaker Dirt should be a readily available spice.

I was never a lover of soup, though grandma would prepare trays of Campbell's soup with saltine crackers and half sandwiches for our lunch whenever she took care of us.

Lately I have a new interest in soup, mostly cold, hydrating bowls that helped us stay cool on our honeymoon and during the Philly heat wave. My favorite soups right now are the mushroom soup at El Rey (the only somewhat healthy veggie option I could suss out there) and Di Bruno's vegan carrot ginger. The avocado soup at Horizons is something I seek out every summer.

While my soup style is far from the bowls of my past, I did convince my grandfather to come to terms with my vegetarianism early on, and even though he isn't around these days, I think he would dig that Josh and I are mastering vegan soup.

7 comments:

Miss Rachel's Pantry said...

it's nerd time! on two levels. i think i saw you at the new Apple store the other day! But I wasn't sure, so I didn't want to nerd out about blog stuff while nerding out at a technology store. anyway, hi :)

Miss Rachel's Pantry said...

it's nerd time! on two levels. i think i saw you at the new Apple store the other day! But I wasn't sure, so I didn't want to nerd out about blog stuff while nerding out at a technology store. anyway, hi :)

kellywhitephillips said...

say hi next time! did you get anything fun?

Eleanor said...

Speaking of saying hi, it was nice to meet you at Good Karma the other day! Keep up the great writing. And since you mentioned G-Ho is not your hood, I wondered if you'd had a chance to try Ants Pants cafe. They don't have a ton of vegan stuff, but their sweet potato fries are the bomb!

Best,
Eleanor

kellywhitephillips said...

I'm a sucker for a nice set of sweet potato fries...it was good to run into you. Every person I've met who reads LOTV has been super friendly. What gives?

Miss Rachel's Pantry said...

totally forgot to check back! we scoped out the place and then the boyfriend went back and got a new imac. hooray! you?

kellywhitephillips said...

iPad and then a heated debate with our sales geek over the iPhone vs Droid X.