Change(s) and Prosperity

January 2, 2011

Lotta changes around here in the Fishes’ world. After 11 years in Queens, Fishes now lives in Brooklyn. Barely – just over the border, but she’s there and she loves it. One month in – exactly – on 1/1/11. And Miss Heather keeps Fishes on her toes about her new neighborhood.

Fishes used to live alone and now she has a roommate. She still has two tiny rooms of her own though and shares an incredible kitchen. The tiny painter is incredibly talented. You should buy some of her work.

Christmas came and went. A little family drama here and there, but nothing that can’t be handled. Right before the holidaze though, Fishes might have fallen in love. She’s not sure, but it sure hurt when he left. A family tragedy and then some furtive attempts at contact, and then…well, he cut bait. Cut & Run.

Song: Gimme. (Incredible band: She Keeps Bees. And the lyrics are divine.)

The holiday CD came along splendidly. If you know Fishes, she hopes you got a copy. If not and you want one, let her know. She’d be happy to send you one. Pretty proud of this one. Theme: Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth. Makes a lot of sense given what has happened to Fishes this last month.

Eh, it happens and tonight, Fishes is drinking her way into 2011 with some tall bottles of Zywiec and a nice Polish twist on the annual Prosperity soup. Enjoy:

Prosperity Soup

2 TB Olive Oil
1 Onion chopped
6-8 Garlic cloves chopped
1 tsp dried red pepper flakes
1 Kielbasa (or any kind including vegan sausage) sliced nice
2 Sweet Potatoes (white or orange) peeled and chunked
2-15 oz. cans Black Eyed Peas – drained and rinsed
10 oz. Collard Greens (or other greens) frozen or fresh
6 cups broth (any)
1 TB Thyme dried

Salt/Pepper to taste

1-In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Sautee onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes until fragrant.
2-Add kielbasa and brown a bit.
3-Add sweet potatoes, sautee for a few minutes.
4-Add beans and cover with broth. Bring to a boil.
5-Add greens and thyme, stir well and bring back to a boil.
6-Lower heat to LOW, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
7-Add Salt/Pepper

(Myths courtesy of my mom and The South.)

Though I didn’t take a photo, this looks EXACTLY like what I made and shared with friends today. Never too late for Prosperity.

Thanks Lauren!

Southern Vegetable Soup


2 Responses to “Change(s) and Prosperity”

  1. Bevin Says:

    I loved the cd! And I can’t wait to make this soup!!

  2. fishes Says:

    So glad you loved the CD! I HATE that I never see you. That soup however, could be a good night in. It is pretty tasty.

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