It’s the first day of 2009 and the only resolution I’ve made is not to make any resolutions. I woke up at 1:00 this afternoon yet guilt doesn’t hover around me. I made it to bed around 4:00 a.m. this morning so 1:00 is only nine hours of sleep – not bad. Not that I participated in any wild New Year’s debauchery. I spent the evening at my friends’ house playing Wii and drinking champagne. Oh, to think about the New Year’s past in comparison!!
In my own sort of ceremonial new year’s new-start ritual, I’ve taken my refrigerator’s overflowing leftovers from Christmas and gave them new life as two warm, comforting, winter-busting soups. The first is a split mung bean (tastes similar to lentils) vegetable soup and the second is a creamy roasted corn and pepper soup with wilted arugula.
They both began the same way – sweating some chopped onions (leftover) and celery until soft. From there, the two ersatz recipes diverge. The vegetable soup received leftover carrots, thyme, a splash of basalmic vinegar, a lonely tomato beginning to show its age, leftover chicken broth and what’s left of my cooked split mung beans. The creamy soup gets roasted corn (frozen) and a few handfuls of arugula leftover from a salad and no longer fit for eating fresh.
The two bowls of homemade soup now replace the multiple plastic bags, bowls, and jars that used to fill my refrigerator just less than an hour ago. There’s room on the shelves and I feel good about today’s repurposing. Today, I said goodbye to the old and hello to the new.