I made this soup in the dark. Not because I’m weird... although I am a little weird... no comment. I made this soup in the dark because we had a power cut. I made this soup in the dark because I walked home from the train station after work in the pouring rain. I entered the house which was empty because my husband was working late. I removed my soaking shoes and clothes. I was about to step in to the lovely hot shower I had been dreaming about all the way home and bam, power cut. Me naked, alone, pitch black. I froze, I waited, nothing happened. Somehow I didn’t panic. I suddenly went all stiff upper lip and began organising myself. Dressing gown was found and thrown on, slippers were put on back to front, down the stairs I went only bashing in to the wall once. I peered out the window, the street was dark. Not just me then. Matches were found, just two left gah. We both kept saying we must buy matches but we never did. Ok, torch was found, candles were located. One candle successfully lit, one match left. Bits of card board were lit from the candle to light other candles, small fires almost happened. It was a fun time. Foremost on my mind was food. I scoured the cupboards with the torch but nothing easy jumped out at me. Then I remembered making this soup at the weekend (when I luckily took some pictures). I had all the ingredients so I thought why not. Surely I can do this in the dark. To cut an already too long story short I did. It was a mean feat of planning and organising and I didn’t burn the house down. Thank goodness we have a gas oven, although it would help if the lighter worked and I didn’t have to use matches. As I was contemplating sitting down to my bowl of soup the power came back on. A small part of me was slightly disappointed, only because I thought I wouldn’t need to wash up. But within minutes I had the lap top switched on grateful that I didn’t have to spend the rest of the evening alone in the dark, it is kind of boring on your own.
This soup was inspired by this recipe from Molly Wizenburg of Orangette. It’s simple and warming. I used gluten free pasta instead of pearl barley which contains gluten. Just cook your favourite gluten free pasta according to the pack instructions and stir in to your soup before serving. I also used fennel and kale instead of celery and cabbage just because that’s what I had to hand. You can reduce the amount significantly depending on how many you are feeding. You definitely don’t need to wait for a power cut to make it.