Spinach soup thickened with couscous

Spinach soup

I would be useless in a post-peak oil world. What would I do without my electric blender?

My teeth are troubling me so I made this spinach soup soothing with the help of the handheld machine. Its on-grid whirls fashioned the soup into a luxury item.

Here’s how I got there. The washed organic spinach leaves, stalks and all, went in a large pan. Spinach cooks in the water it is washed in (no need to add more) but do put a lid on to retain that moisture.

Once the spinach was cooked soft and waterless (drain to make sure), I added butter and immune-boosting garlic to frazzle in the meltedness.

But how to thicken it? I could have used flour but what is life without risk? So for the first time I sprinkled a smattering of couscous (I used organic kamut) to thicken a soup. I let it cook for a while then added a mugful of water, slowly, stirring all the time.

Reader, it worked. The couscous made it creamy.

Encouraged, I snipped in organic sprouted snow peas as a garnish.

The organic produce came from Bristol’s organic supermarket, Better Food, which is well-pleased, I imagine, with Sunday’s announcement as a finalist in the Observer Ethical Awards 2008.

Fluttering in the background is the Tibetan flag. Apparently it is illegal to fly in its home country, so it’s getting a workout on my balcony.

3 responses to “Spinach soup thickened with couscous

  1. Hi Elizabeth!
    Thanks for coming to the Rogpa fundraiser on Friday.
    Rogpa is a free baby care centre for 45 Tibetan babies, who come from low-income families. Even if you are born in India, a Tibetan will always be a refugee and rarely do they ever have the chance to hold an passport.

    Check out the work of Rogpa at http://www.rogpa.com
    Love Richie


  2. Mmm, i love spinach soup. I think it’s my favourite (comfort) food.


  3. Here is a note which enlightens just a little about our shrinking democracy…..

    Apparently it is against the law to fly flags outside our houses unless certain permissions are gained first. Here are a couple of links to newspaper articles about the issue. The key issue is defined by the quote,

    “He was told that the flying of flags was controlled by the Town and Country (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 1992. These stipulate that only ‘a national flag of any country, the flag of the European Union, the Commonwealth, the United Nations, English County flags and saints’ flags associated with a particular county’ can be flown. The regulations also set out commercial flags that are normally allowed, such as those used by housebuilders and car showrooms. But they state that specific permission has to be granted to fly any other type of flag.”

    Basically this means that local councils have the complete power to ban any “political” flags which are not from a country as recognised by the UN, I believe there are now 192. such as Tibet, Palestine, Basque Country, Kashmir, Kurdistan etc or the “Jolly Roger” as highlighted in the articles.

    A couple of links showing one case which highlighted this last week are posted below;



    Here’s to democracy and self-determination…..


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