Soup for a Year


One Down…

Filed under: Mike,video — stumpsmike @ 1:08 AM

First of all, if you haven’t yet read David’s post for tonight, you absolutely need to right now. It’s a testament to the spirit of this challenge, to marriage, to support, and really it’s just very sweet.

Seriously. Stop reading mine and read his. I’ll wait.

Okay, it was good right? So I uploaded some videos tonight of a few different things. David explaining soup for a year, me making my first batch of soup, and the panel voting on rolls and noshing. I won’t clog up valuable real estate here with all of these tremendously uneventful videos, but you can watch them on youtube if for some reason you really want to.

I just want to confess that I toed two lines already, after ONE day. First, on my way to class I stopped at Cosi to eat some…you guessed it…soup. I ordered some adequate beef and veg soup, and the dude at the register (who, apropos of nothing, was very muscular) asked me if I wanted wheat bread or white bread.

I kind of panicked for a second, because I knew we had approved rolls and a small baguette, but what about a piece of flatbread? After informing the muscular cashier of Soup for a Year, I went ahead and ordered the wheat bread. I’m 99% this was a legal play, but I suppose if anybody has beef with it they’ll tell me tomorrow. I also think that because it is served WITH the soup automatically, that it is meant to be eaten with it, and thus an integral part of the soup (not unlike croutons and mozzarella cheese in French onion).

The second line toeing I did concerned my consumption of a milkshake at approximately 9:30 tonight. I know we voted on it, and I know the outcome was favorable for milkshakes, but for some reason, I still felt rebellious while I was eating it. I’m not sure what this means exactly, but perhaps the topic deserves further discussion…thoughts?

In case you watched any (or all?!) of the chicken soup videos from last night, and you’re wondering how it turned it, I’m sorry to report that it is just alright. It’s not the worst soup I’ve ever had, but it certainly not the worst either. The noodles are a little too well done, but by far the biggest shortcoming is the utter lack of flavor. I tried to avoid putting too much salt in it in the interest of healthiness, but damn, those brothy soups really need to be salty. In order to be a legitimate contender in this challenge, I’m going to need to find a happy medium between low-sodium and flavorful. More to come on this later.

On one more unrelated note, I’m starting to worry about Thanksgiving. Granted, it’s still 3 weeks away, and who knows if any of us will even make it that long…oh well. I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. The following video is another discussion at work.

If you want to watch my uneventful but slightly funny soup-making videos, they’re here on youtube.


1 Comment »

  1. this is unacceptable. the challenge isn’t called “Soup (and sides and all things served in complement with said soup) for a Year.” the only time breads, rolls, biscuits, cookies, cake, whatever should be permitted for consumption is if the recipe calls for it. so, your french onion soup gets a slice of baguette or some croutons IN the soup.

    this is a farce.

    Comment by SoupNazi — 11/03/2009 @ 1:20 AM | Reply

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