Monday, October 5, 2015

31 Days of Ordinary Wonder: Soups that Spoons Will Not Sink In


I'm a big believer of eating with the seasons. There is nothing better than a bowl of chili in the Fall or Winter. There is little grosser, to me, in the Summer. 

I'm not sure why I am this way. I love ritual and routine and I love the way time works- I think the way it repeats itself is such a calming force in my life. I draw such comfort from it. It's why I love the liturgy, why I love having a new quote in the same little frame in the same little spot in the kitchen ever month. 

But I'm not a big chef. Eating with the season this Summer looked like fish tacos, tomato tarts, and veggie dinners. 

And Fall just means soup (and a grilled cheeses, if you're lucky). 

I hardly ever eat lunch when the kids are up and I often sit at the table and eat alone, not distracted by the computer, or television, or even a book. Another solace-creating ritual in my life. 

The other day I talked to El the whole time I was flipping the grilled cheese. We ended our conversation just as my soup finished warming and right before the sandwich scorched. I sat down at the table and felt especially thankful. For the work of my own hands. For the simple, delicious flavors. For the life giving conversation. And for the break from the day and the chance to regain my energy with a little sustenance. 

“O Lord, refresh our sensibilities. Give us this day our daily taste. Restore to us soups that spoons will not sink in, and sauces which are never the same twice. Raise up among us stews with more gravy than we have bread to blot it with, and casseroles that put starch and substance in our limp modernity. Take away our fear of fat and make us glad of the oil which ran upon Aaron's beard. Give us pasta with a hundred fillings, and rice in a thousand variations. Above all, give us grace to live as true men - to fast till we come to a refreshed sense of what we have and then to dine gratefully on all that comes to hand. Drive far from us, O Most Bountiful, all creatures of air and darkness; cast out the demons that possess us; deliver us from the fear of calories and the bondage of nutrition; and set us free once more in our own land, where we shall serve Thee as Thou hast blessed us - with the dew of heaven, the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine. Amen.” -Robert Farrar Capon


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