Monday, October 25, 2010

#GreatHallowTweet: Slime Soup

Oh, my lovelies ... it's that time of year again when everything gets a little more eerie around here.  The recipes are influenced by the season and I start sticking plastic spiders into my soup.

Oh yes - this is the second year of the #GreatHallowTweet.  This year, 18 cooks (including yours truly) are participating in this blog hop that features a week's worth of Halloween-themed recipes.  Hugs to my friend Renee for continuing the tradition.  You may also visit the other lovely hosts by clicking on the "GreatHallowTweet" sidebar.

Without further ado, here's my first offering for this year's GHT.  Nigella Lawson's Slime Soup.  Oh yes, the domestic goddess herself must like Halloween, because this was featured on a show of hers called "Fun Food."

This tastes just like you'd expect pureed peas to taste like.  The spiders are crawling in for a closer look.
Slime Soup
by Nigella Lawson

4 cups frozen peas
1 green onion
3 cups boiling water
Chicken or vegetable stock concentrate or a stock cube
1 ball mozzarella, diced (approximately 10 ounces)

Cook the frozen peas and scallion in the boiling water with the stock concentrate, to taste, or stock cube until tender and cooked through. Drain and discard the scallion, and put the peas into a blender.*

Add the diced mozzarella to the peas in the blender. Liquidize the soup until smooth.

*When blending hot liquids: Remove liquid from the heat and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Transfer liquid to a blender or food processor and fill it no more than halfway. If using a blender, release one corner of the lid. This prevents the vacuum effect that creates heat explosions. Place a towel over the top of the machine, pulse a few times then process on high speed until smooth.


My thoughts on this?  Well, first off - the picture above does not do justice on how ... green ... this soup is.  I think I finally figured out what they must have used as the base for the slime they used to sling on "You Can't Do That on Television."  Secondly, you don't realize how much a whole bag of frozen peas makes until you're faced with a blender full of this soup.  If I was making this again (which I probably wouldn't, unless I wanted to seek some sort of revenge on my nephews or my future children), I would probably halve this recipe.

Finally - this tastes precisely what you would think some pureed peas would taste like.  So yes - it's a cute novelty, but likely not a dish to make a repeat appearance in my kitchen.


Karen said...

YAY! Dinner solved! Love the spider idea - my girls will love it! And pureed peas ... what's not to love?! :)
Thanks, Shelley!

Megan said...

Oh that Nigella. A good looking soup for Halloween but I dont know if I could *drink* my peas. But I could see me serving shots of it at a big halloween bash! :D

kat said...

I wonder if you could add some more spices to it to add more to the flavor than just peas then maybe you'd like it more.

Coco Cooks said...

"Seek revenge on nephews or future children!"
I can see it more as summer chilled soup without the cheese.

Kudos Kitchen said...

Love your honest post about how you probably wouldn't make this soup again but I tell you this, it's great as a Halloween dish. The title of "Slime Soup" and the picture has me a little creeped out (I mean that in a good way).
Fun to read.

Joy said...

I'm so glad for your honest feedback, because I'm not sure myself if I would like this. I love peas, but not that much peas! Great for Halloween, though!