I know it might not sound super exciting to most people, but when I saw this recipe and saw the ingredients involved, I knew I was going to make it ASAP. This is one of the first recipes I tried in Gwyneth Paltrow's "My Fathers Daughter", which happens to be my favorite cookbook this year. (You might have noticed, ahem, and ahem). I love that something as boring as pea soup could be given new life, a beautiful green color, and a fresh taste thanks to the basil. This comes together in a hot second, too. You do no more than saute an onion before adding peas and stock to the pot and bringing to a bubble. Just blend everything with some basil and salt and pepper until smooth and voila! You have yourself a beautiful, nuritious, chic spring lunch. Round it all out with some sweet potato fries or a side salad if you'd like. The simplicity here is tres magnifique!
So, I just found this out in talking to my Mom the other day:
*My Dad wanted to name me Tatiana. It means "fairy queen or peacemaker".
*Meanwhile, my Mom wanted to name me Sari. Which means "princess".
*They both agreed on Jessica. Which is a name Shakespeare made up, but is most likely derived from "Jesca" which means "to see". My Grandpa Burgos hated the name Jessica. (He worked with someone horrific bearing that name)
Back to the drawing board.
*My Dad liked the name Chris for a boy. Turns out, I was a girl. He still liked the name Chris. My mom thought the name was too plain, especially for a girl in 1981.
*My Mom liked the name Christalynn. It used Chris, after all. She says she was persuaded out of the name because every time she told someone about it they would say "Oh. Hmmm. Have you thought about seperating the two? Like Christa for the first name and Lynn for the middle? That way it wouldn't be too long. Christalynn is a long first name."
It was a gentle way of saying it was a horrible name. Thank God, or my nickname in school might have been "Crystalmeth"
And so, It came to be. She spelled my name with a "K" and a "Y" to be different. She spelled "Lynn" with two "N's" to be different. Which turned out to be totally embarrasing for my dad in later years when he got my name tatooed on his arm in Brazil. He was probably drunk, becuase he emerged with my name on his arm alright. "Krysta Lyn". One "N". Oh, the humanity!
*My given name: Krysta Lynn. It means "Follower of Christ" and "waterfall" respectively. They got it right. Finally. All is well.
Hey, do you know what Gwyneth means? "Happiness, or white and fair". I think the lovely Gwyneth Paltrow embodies those things, which brings me to my giveaway! Who wants her cookbook? I'll also throw in a couple spring nail polish colors from Essie, just for fun. Colors may vary.
****Just be a follower of my blog (or regular reader) and leave me one comment and you are entered. That's it. If you want, tell me what your name means. I'd love to know. Winner announced on Thursday.
Cold Pea and Basil Soup
adapted from My Fathers Daughter, by Gwyneth Paltrow
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 small or 1 large yellow onion, peeled and finely diced
4 cups frozen peas
1 quart chicken or vegetable stock (this tastes best using chicken bullion and water for stock)
15 fresh large basil leaves, plus a few finely sliced for garnish if desired (more if desired)
Freshly ground pepper
Sour cream or your best highest-quality olive oil, for serving ( I use olive oil or Greek yogurt)
Heat the olive oil in a small soup pot over medium heat, add the onion, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook until soft, about 10 minutes. Add the peas and stock (or chicken bullion and water), bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the whole basil leaves and more salt and pepper to taste. Whiz in a blender until smooth and serve.
Gwyneth likes this soup cold. I do not. If that's your thing, let the soup cool, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Serve garnished with a spoonful of sour cream and the finely sliced basil.
I always end up adding more basil to blend into my soup. I love it.