Soup and Hulda Holly

I made the best soup the other day.  I think it might be the best soup I ever made.  I have got to get the ingredients written down so I don’t forget how to repeat it.

I’d been talking to a friend about kale soup with beans and chorizo.  I also looked up a recipe on the internet, and then I kinda made it my own.


Chorizo (I think I used about 8 ounces.)

Chard (it’s what I had. I am not sure how much I used.  One rubberbanded bunch.  You could use as much as you want since it wilts down so much.)

2 cans of Cannellini beans.  (I drained them.)

1 onion

1 green bell pepper

1 box of chicken broth

a little Tony Chachere or whatever seasoning you want.

salt and pepper to taste

I think that’s it. (I feel like I am forgetting something major.)

Chop the onion and bell pepper and saute them in a little extra virgin olive oil.  Add the sausage and brown it.  Add the beans, chard, broth and seasoning.  (I think I wilted the chard a little on top of the chorizo and onions.  I can’t remember for sure and I’ve no clue if this would be at all necessary.  Probably not.)

Let it cook for an hour or so.  It was a very thick and hearty soup.  You’ll want to double the recipe if you want leftovers or have more than two people.  We had plenty for one meal and then a small bowl for leftovers.  I did this on purpose as it seems like I always make this huge pot and we get tired of it before it’s gone.  I don’t think we would have gotten tired of this though.

I was reading some cooking blog the other day and I learned about what I think is the crowning touch to this soup.  A fried egg on top.  I like a fried egg on just about everything, but it really made this soup.  David is the expert egg fryer in our family.  He can get the white done and the yolk is still perfectly runny.  I’m not as good at it.

So anyway,  it was really really good.  I have only a horrible picture to serve as reference.  There was just a little soup left so the egg dwarfed it.

I ended up focusing on the ceramic bowl and left the soup dwarfed by the egg blurry.

And on the knitting front, I’m working on the sweater for Holly.  The name of the pattern is “Hulda” and my sister in law is Holly, so I’ve dubbed the sweater the Hulda Holly.

Unfortunately, I had a bit of a mishap with Hulda Holly.

I had to cast on 326 stitches in this laceweight yarn.  Somehow when I joined it in the round, I twisted the stitches.  I thought I was so careful not to get them twisted.  The lovely part was that I didn’t notice this until I finished the ribbing (3/4 of an inch) and about 3 of the beginning stockinette rows.  How did I not notice?  I don’t know.  It was a bunch of stretchy stitches winding around a 32 inch circular needle.

So I unintentionally created a moebius.

All I could do was to try to take a neat picture and cast on again.

So last night I cast on again and I am a row or so into the ribbing.  I was very very obsessive about making sure it was not twisted.  Hopefully it’s not.

As I usually do when I mess something up – I kept reminding myself that it’s about the process.  And I do love knitting with this yarn.

We are waiting for snow to hit Denver tonight.  Davey just went to the window to look for David again and to see if it has started snowing – again.