Day 99: Of stoup and sinuses

April 9, 2007


L and I have been fighting colds forever, for weeks it seems. Just as things seem to be clearing up, another bout comes along, complete with sore throats, headaches and excessive grumpiness. Baby A has a perpetual cold that cycles through being a cough and an ear infection, and sometimes when she’s really lucky, Pink Eye. We’re like a petri dish of complementary germs and symptoms. We are in fact so incredibly bored of talking about feeling rubbish that it is becoming excruciating. We are truly bored of ourselves and each other. So a spicy soup seemed to be the perfect supper, to clear the head and soothe the soul.

Chicken, Corn and Black Bean Stoup was pretty much the perfect meal to cook this evening. It is extremely easy, requiring only a bit of chopping, some assembly, and some time to simmer. It is seasoned with cumin, coriander, chipotle and lime, and was really substantial in terms of taste and depth of flavour. The vegetables alone would have made a good soup- the chicken was perhaps a little superfluous. With onion, red pepper, sweetcorn and black beans, a vegetarian version would be sturdy and good. We added a little hot sauce to taste prior to serving, and could have handled more spice, but we both enjoyed this soup a lot. Maybe if we’d inadvertently emptied half a can of chipotle in adobo into the pot, as we did a few weeks ago, the spice level would have blown our heads off and we could stop complaining about never-ending sinus infections.

Tomorrow is, unbelievably, day 100 of this project. I’m not sure I’d ever really thought that we’d make it this far. Most grand plans- usually involving diet and/ or exercise- are abandoned by about day 6 in my life. Where is the year going? Alarmingly, day 100 is also a swift reminder that Baby #2 is due in a mere 184 days. Which sounds like a long, long was away, but judging by the speed with which this year is hurtling away from us, feels like it’ll be here in a couple of weeks. Phew. Anyway, tomorrow we shall celebrate 100 days in style by feasting on Gravy-Smothered Cajun-Style Meatloaf Patties with Maple Pecan-Glazed String Beans. We’ll let you know how it turns out.

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  • Reply Joannie April 10, 2007 at 6:13 am

    Rachel Ray has a salsa recipe made of corn, black beans, tomato, red pepper, and onion. I love it and make it all the time. I put it in everything. Although I’ve never thought of putting it in soup. It’s a shame that recipe isn’t available online. I saw this cookbook in the store and didn’t think it was worth buying.

    I’m amazed you’ve stuck with this project for so long. Being sick off and on and being pregnant isn’t really making this easy. Your perseverence deserves a medal. Or at least a meal out you didn’t have to cook or clean-up after yourself.

  • Reply VP April 10, 2007 at 6:31 am

    I’ve commented previosly on your site, but I have to say that you are showing a great deal of dedication to this project, especially considering your pregnancy and constant battles with illness in your family. I check in every few days to see how you all are doing and what you think of the meals you’ve made.

    I don’t know how you perceive this project to be taken by others, but know that there’s at least one household that finds what you’re doing informational and, due to your witty writing style, entertaining. Good luck and keep up the good work!

  • Reply Helen | One Year Project April 10, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    Thanks people! We really appreciate your support, it helps us to keep going in the dark times!

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