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“Central Asian Favorites, Pt. II—Curried Cabbage, Vegetable, and Lentil Soup—loved by Vegetarians everywhere.”

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Chef Goldie McNamara

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Elemental News of the Day Commentary-Opinion-Sports-Foodservice for Thursday, June 23, 2011 by Chef Goldie McNamara

CENTRAL ASIAN FAVORITES, PT. II


Central Asian Favorites, Pt. II—Curried Cabbage, Vegetable, and Lentil Soup—loved by Vegetarians everywhere.”



Bakersfield, CA, 06-23-2011 Th: Each and every one of us is getting an opportunity to write a post for Stinkbug’s Elemental News of the Day which is a whole lot of fun for all of us.  It’s difficult when we have to do a long-term series where we’re writing each and every day for a week or longer but by sharing the difficulties, we only have to write 1-3 blogs per month.  That’s doable in this day and age of so much to do and as long as the readership is taken care of and remains happy, then we’re happy!  Blogging is a very satisfying business if readers respond and become followers and pay attention to the various articles and information we impart.  Stinkbug’s older blog, at Choseit.com was shut down last year when he went back to Iowa for three weeks and even though he posted almost every day while he was away, Choseit.com still shut him down which just about broke his heart. Then, when Iowa dumped him a few months after he returned home to Bakersfield, he moved on to Google who has been extremely good to us.  Kudos to Google!

Stinkbug has been unhappy with our computer technology company, AARC Technology of Bakersfield, California.  These people charged us $102 to repair a computer under their warranty, one built by them and which had been in the shop about two months prior to this prior week.  Something doesn’t seem right when you bring in something that the manufacturer is responsible for and yet they STILL sock it to you because of the need to transfer the information from the old hard-drive to the new one.  We urge all of our local Bakersfield readership to find another computer technology business in town as AARC is no longer concerned with the needs of their SMALL customers and instead have expanded in order to take care of their corporate customers.  The little guys always fall by the wayside and that’s tragic but never again will any of us at the Elemental News of the Day do business with the people at AARC.   These people are no good and their business is doing improper and unethical things such as saying they “called you” to come get your unit when in fact the C.I.D.’s on every phone demonstrated they did NOT. They said that when we called them at 4 P.M. to find out if we could come get our main unit and said that there was “interference.” Yeah, right! AARC can go to hell!

Today, I will continue the series that was begun yesterday: Central Asian Specialties.  Indian restaurants are blossoming all over the place and Bakersfield, CA, is certainly a very cosmopolitan place as we have restaurants of almost every hue, shade, and/or color.  That makes dining out an exciting affair and we do love to eat out a great deal and spend time in the bars, too.  We know every place in the county and also take trips to Los Angeles to Century City, Santa Monica, and Long Beach.  We love Laguna and Newport Beach as well as Pismo and Morro Bay farther on up the coastline.  If you’ve never come to California, you need to come see the coast and then take a trip to the central valley so you can tour Bakersfield and Kern County.  Come enjoy our cuisine!  Anyhow, if you’re ready, let us get going!

Curried soups are a wonderful vegetarian treat provided one leaves out all vestiges of meat but can be converted into a meaty one by adding lamb, chicken, or fish.  This is a recipe that you will use many times over so keep it close in your recipe box!

CURRIED CABBAGE AND LENTIL SOUP





1. To serve Four:




Qty.
Measure
Item
Other
1
Cup
Diced assorted bell peppers
Blanched
.75
Cup
Diced leeks
Blanched
.5
Cup
Diced carrots
Blanched
.5
Cup
Diced celery
Blanched
.5
Cup
Diced yellow onions
Blanched
.5
Cup
Diced red onions
Blanched
.25
Cup
Frozen corn kernels
Blanched
.25
Cup
Frozen peas
Blanched
.25
Cup
Frozen green beans
Blanched
.125
Cup
Diced orange bell peppers
Blanched
2
Cups
Shredded green cabbage
Blanched
.125
Cup
Cooked red lentils
Blanched
.125
Cup
Cooked green lentils
Blanched
.125
Cup
Cooked green split peas
Blanched
8
Cups
Vegetable broth

2
Each
Cajun sausages, sliced

1
Each
Smoked sausage, sliced

1
Teaspoon
Good chicken base

1
Pinch
Kosher salt

.5
Teaspoon
Minced garlic

1
Each
Bay leaf

.125
Teaspoon
 Black pepper

1
Teaspoon
Worcestershire sauce

.25
Teaspoon
Curry powder

3
Drops
Yellow food color

3
Tablespoons
Cornstarch

3/8
Cup
Water

2
Teaspoons
Freshly minced parsley

1
Tablespoon
Minced cilantro




Method:

1.      Mis-en-place: have everything ready.  Blanch the vegetables and legumes quickly in boiling salted water and then immediately plunge into ice water.  Drain.

2.      Place the broth on the stove and add the sausages to it and bring to a boil; when it is, keep it there for about 4-5 minutes and then lower to a simmer and add all of the seasonings, Worcestershire sauce, and the food coloring.  Allow the liquid to reduce by about half.

3.      Combine the cornstarch and the 3/8 cup of water together and whisk into the hot soup.  Increase the temp and stir frequently until it begins to thicken.  As it does so, continue to stir and keep it there for several minutes; then, add the prepared vegetables and legumes, the parsley, and the cilantro, and you’re ready to serve once it’s hot.

Accompany this soup with Indian flatbread or something similar or something else like French bread.  Curried dishes always demand chutney of some sort so be sure to bring out a jar of Major Grey’s Chutney.  When you have everything, you’re ready to go and if you like it hotter, bring out some Tabasco sauce or something similar and enjoy!

Well, that’s it for this time around, my friends, have a great day and I will see you when I see you!  Enjoy your soup and remember that you can freeze leftovers for use at a later date.  Be sure to date the container and seal it so that it doesn’t spoil or become tainted with freezer burn.  Anyhow, I will see you next time. Bye!

Thank you!

Goldfish

Goldie “Goldfish” McNamara
ACF, CWC, Cook IV Institutional Chef
 This is me back in 1977 when I was working at the Hilton Inn in Bakersfield, CA, on Rosedale Highway. Now, it's the Red Lion Inn but back then, I was the night sous chef and ran the cook's line at the age of 24.



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END Commentary for Thursday, June 23, 2011 by Chef Goldie McNamara.

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REFERENCES:

This original essay was authored by the one-and-only Chef Goldie McNamara.

McNamara, Gilda. “Curried Cabbage Soup—a True Delight and a Budget-saver.” The Oildale News. 14 February 1982: Food A 10.

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This is Brian Carrick of the Magnolia Hilltop Brewers on 07-07-1978 behind his Rodgers' drum kit at a gig somewhere in Kern County, California.

  This is a shot of the dancers at the gig in Tehachapi, California, on 07-07-1978. Tehachapi was a fun place to play and we always enjoyed visiting the mountain communities.

  This is a shot of Lupe Carrick holding our dog, Twinkie, on 09-07-1978 at our home at Shamrock in Bakersfield, CA. Twinkie was a good dog.

 This is a shot of the Magnolia Hilltop Brewers on 09-12-1978. From left to right is rhythm guitarist and vocalist, Gerry Kleier, drummer and vocalist Brian Carrick, and Victor Gaona, our bassist and vocalist at Shamrock in Bakersfield, California.

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