Saturday, February 5, 2011

Rosemary White Bean Soup and Chai Tea Pudding

Oh my word, it’s been a busy week. I’m working on three projects right now: a t-shirt re-fashion for a friend (done, just need to take pictures and then I will share!), a shirt for me (needs to be hemmed), and a blanket for my mom (halfway through).  Honestly, it seems smarter to finish one project before starting another…but I sew/craft the way I read, which is why there are no less than 6 books on my bedside table.  This week, though, I’ve not touched any of these books, nor any of these projects, because I was too busy with books that have titles like “Design and Analysis: A Researcher’s Handbook,” which, let me tell you, is a real page-turner.  So for this week's post I thought I’d provide my unsolicited and possibly unnecessary commentary on a few recipes I’ve tried lately.  

Recipe Reviews

Rosemary White Bean Soup

This is a Barefoot Contessa (aka Ina Garten) recipe I tried week before last.  It was DELICIOUS.  I used a bit less olive oil than called for and still found it very good.  The fresh rosemary gives it a wonderful, savory, herb flavor that I just don’t think dried rosemary could provide.  These days the only TV I get to watch is usually on Hulu a few days after it’s aired, so I don’t watch Barefoot Contessa much.  Her friends are always doing things like bringing her fresh bouquets for the centerpiece, or fresh chevre that they just picked up in France, or scouting out antique shops for the perfect beachside picnic table.  Television magic or real life? I’d like to think it’s Ina’s real life, just perfectly timed for television.

Chai Tea Pudding

I was flipping through my February issue of Better Homes and Gardens (weird that I subscribe to this, since I live in an apartment, and don’t have a garden, but someday, right?) and they had a few suggestions for how to use tea in unusual ways.  Basically, they said to heat a cup of milk, put in two chai tea bags, steep for five minutes, cool it down, add another cup of milk, then stir in instant vanilla pudding mix.  I tried it, and I really liked it. I think it would be even better with non-instant pudding.  For a low-cal dessert, you could always use the sugar-free pudding mix and skim milk! I took a picture of it, but it’s brown…and it’s pudding…so honestly, it’s not that much of a looker.  I decided not to post it.  

To make up for a lack of pictures, here is a picture I took of........ Canadian Geese.


  1. I can witness to the fact that both the white bean soup and chai pudding are delicious.

    I can also serve as witness to the fact that you have posted a superior photograph of geese.

  2. Of all my wonderful, loyal readers, you are my most loyal commenter.

    Thank you for catering to my blogging vanity. Lol.

  3. I think it is completely logical to have a subscription to Better Homes and Gardens, even while living in an apartment without a garden (and apartment = home!). They have such lovely pictures and tasty recipes! That magazine, Country Living, Southern Living, and Real Simple are my go-to's.

  4. Thanks for posting the Chai Pudding recipe. I've been wanting to make it, but my husband threw away that issue of Better Homes and Gardens so I was searching the internet to find the recipe.

    Love the Canadian Geese picture.