Vitamix: Day 11 / Vegetable Soup

Yesterday I said I was “working until 9pm“.  Actually, I was filling out TOP SECRET DOCUMENTS, which are now complete, so I feel that I can finally announce:

I got a studio!

I’ve been looking for a place with a friend for several months.  We found a studio we absolutely loved, but the owner backed out of the deal twice.  Since then, nothing good really came up.  Yesterday, we looked at 3 places that I wasn’t too excited about on paper, but one of them ended up being super awesome.  It’s a 1600 sq ft loft on two stories.  I’ll be able to move in February 1st.  I’m looking forward to getting back to work AND having a sweet photography space that isn’t 10′ x 10′.

Here’s a picture of the kitchen from my phone, because it’s nicer than my own kitchen at home.  I envision many photoshoots here!

I pushed myself too hard today.  I was feeling pretty good, and excited, and invincible, so I did a whole bunch of stuff (including walking several blocks with heavy bags of groceries) and ended up in bed at 4pm because I couldn’t stop shaking and I was exhausted.  So, not invincible, but still much better than I was a few weeks ago, and I have to be thankful for that.

I made soup for dinner.

I accidentally turned on the Vitamix while the switch was set to “high” and ended up getting Exorcist-ed.

Does that whet your appetite?  This recipe was out of the Vitamix cookbook, and I’m really iffy about it.  I’m going to post it anyway.

Spinach and Vegetable Soup
Yield: 7 cups

  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp diced onion
  • 1/2 cup carrots, chopped and steamed
  • 4 spears asparagus, steamed
  • 3/4 cup broccoli, chopped and steamed
  • 1 cup zucchini, chopped and steamed
  • 1 cup potatoes, diced and cooked
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 15-oz can chick peas, drained
  1. Place everything in the Vitamix in the order listed, except the chick peas.
  2. Select variable 1, turn on, quickly increase to 10 and then high.  Blend for 6-7 minutes or until steam escapes from the lid.
  3. Reduce to variable 2, add chick peas and blend for 5-10 seconds.

Okay, so my problem with this soup:  way too watery.  The taste was fine, but it needed some texture.  I think next time I would reduce the water, and add more of the veggies at the end.  During the demo at Whole Foods, she added a bunch of chopped peppers and stuff at the end and it was really good and not too watery.

I’m still pretty pumped that I can make soup in the Vitamix and it heats BY SCIENCE.

I have no idea what I’m going to make for the next 11 days.  High five!

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