Friday, May 24, 2013

FFwD - Asparagus Soup or From FFwD Loser to Sated in Under an Hour!

Where do I even begin?  You can't help but have heard about the tornadoes in Oklahoma this week.  The worst of it was about ten miles from us and not headed our way but it is such an odd sensation to know your city is being shredded and no one can do anything to help or prevent it.  Then when we heard the tornado had hit an elementary school and was headed for a mid high the nausea from the fear of knowing there would be fatalities in what was at least an EF4 tornado. I think when we see the devastation on television we are all amazed that there weren't more deaths.  Of course, when it is your loved one the statistics and miracles have no meaning.

I've been absent for a few weeks.  First there was a trip to Memphis for our niece's high school graduation.  She was the last graduate of her generation in our family. The baby. Our next high school graduation will be our grandson!  It was a proud moment with all the cousins gathered for the occasion.
My sweet mother-in-law and niece.
Then there was Mother's Day with my mother-in-law, a great lady who has taught me, by example, so much about kindness.  The men cooked a delicious brunch while the ladies sat around my sister's in law pool!
Mr. Adorable admiring the rhino at the zoo.
Next we had our two year old grandson for a week!  What are we teaching him through our example?  One thing we noticed he learned is that all he has to say is "Help please Gigis." and Gigi will help him get whatever it is he wants!
Asparagus soup with Bacon Bruschetta
Now for the food.  This is a simple soup or would have been if I hadn't burned the leeks, onions, garlic and scallion mixture!  I was so disgusted with myself I was tempted to give up and let my husband take me to dinner.  Instead I salvaged what I could from the mess and set the pot to soak.  Since I've rambled enough for one post I won't go into the ridiculously expensive frozen asparagus I used but just say frozen works fine!  I don't know if it was because I didn't have the suggested amount of aromatics but the soup was bland so I added a spoon of chicken bouillon, a bit of dried chili pepper flakes and a big glug (yes I said glug) of cream.  Delicious!

I served bruschetta topped with bacon, mozzarella, and tomato (an open faced sandwich) and my husband loved it all!
Pioneer Woman's Bread Pudding
P-Dub, also known as The Pioneer Woman, came to my aid with her Bread Pudding recipe 'cause we Okies are sticking together this week!  I used Whole Foods Cranberry Walnut bread and instead of Jack Daniels in the whiskey sauce I used Canadian Mist.  Its good, I mean REALLY good!

I haven't even touched on hiking or fasting, both of which are entire posts in themselves. Thank you for hanging in there with me and if you skipped to the end that's okay too.  I needed to say all this more than you needed to read it!

All of the amazing French Friday cooks can be found at the link.


  1. I like all the additions you made to the soup. Sounds good! And that bread pudding looks great! I'm glad that you're safe, and am terribly sorry about all the destruction in your area. What a nightmare.

  2. Hiking? Fasting? I need to know more!

    And I think I need some of that Bread Pudding :).

  3. Well Guyla, you certainly had your plate full! Glad you enjoyed your nieces and grandson, and had a great mother´s day. The blog will still be here. The frozen asparagus soup looks wonderful! Have a great weekend.

  4. I'm sorry about what happened in OK. I'm glad you're safe and got to enjoy the company of your family. I thought my soup was lacking a bit of flavour too.. Next time I might roast the asparagus first.

  5. Such a terrible ordeal your region went through. I'm glad you and your family are okay. I also like your additions to the soup, they sound great (enough aromatics, or no).

  6. Guyla, how nice that you got to spend time with your family for a few wonderful celebrations! Your green asparagus soup does look delicious and velvety, glad that you enjoyed this soup as well - I also like the addition of a nice bacon bruschetta and your bread puudings sounds like quite a treat as well!
    Have a good long weekend!

  7. I reckon this soup needed the oomph from chilli - good thinking. It sounds like you have had a busy but wonderful time with family. I am glad that you are safe from the tornadoes - and it is amazing how helpless we are in the face of the force of mother nature.

  8. You were in my thoughts this week. Glad to hear you are well, but it is so sad what nature wrought on the area.

    Your grandson is totally adorable - I am sure saying "no" to that face is near impossible :-)

  9. So glad that you are safe, the pictures shown on TV are unbelievable. Your grandson is such a sweetie, enjoy every minute, the time
    goes by so quickly. Happy Memorial Day.

  10. I am so glad that you and your family are safe. Mother nature can be brutal, unfortunately, and it's so out of our control. Looks like so many happy family occasions to celebrate! Sorry that making this soup didn't go so smoothly, but it looks like the end result worked out. And that bread pudding looks like it would give the coupetade a run for its money. Have a great weekend.

  11. Good to see you back, my friend. I'm relieved that you and your loved ones are OK. Such a scary experience. You'd never know you had trouble with your looks wonderful.

    PS...thanks for your kind words. It's been a tough spring.

  12. Life gets a little crazy doesn't it? From that horrible sinking feeling with the storms, to the wonderful time you spent with your family. So happy that things turned out so well for you. Your meal looks delicious - I think that your bacon bruchetta looks fabulous with the soup! I made corn muffins (with some bacon grease!)to go with mine. And you can't go wrong with some yummy bread pudding! Glad you're doing ok. Loved the post - looking forward to the rest of your stories...

  13. All of us have joined the Oklahoma Strong movement this week. I have learned more about EF4/5 tonadoes that I ever wanted to know. To endure this twice in a lifetime is quite unbelievable. I agree with you -it's a miracle more weren't injured or killed. You've had some nice memories mixed in with the sad and terrifying ones. That helps keep one a little balanced. You have stepped into the proper Grandmother role - we were put on earth to serve our grandchildren and do things for them and to them that we would never had done for our own kids. My daughter, Melissa, just watches in amazement at how her children work me over. I was a pretty strict Mother. Love your soup. Not a fan of bread pudding but Michael was so I made it begrudgingly. But your bacon bruschetta, to die for. Wow. Thanks for your encouraging comments, Guyla. I folded. I bonked big time. I knew I just needed to go back home and re-group. I did and I am and I have and it's a good thing. I want to hear about 1) fasting and then 2) hiking. Forget food and just spill the beans on your experiences.

  14. LOL you have been one busy, busy woman!! :) how fantastic and amazing for you! I also have to say, I'm now craving brushetta.... not one restaurant around here really does it well or at all... hmmm....

  15. Guyla Mary said it so well I'm not going to try to say it again. I have never been near a tornado but the hurricane hit us hard here in NY so I can relate. Thank goodness and so glad you have some good times too mixed in there. Great to know that froze works well.

  16. We saw the devastation here on our televisions in Australia and it seemed surreal. I can't even begin to imagine...
    You have a beautiful niece and an absolutely gorgeous grandson!
    The food is pretty awesome too :)