ham, white bean, and cabbage soup

First thing first, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for their kind words and emails. It helps when people got your back or offer to do you a solid (like guest posting). The kindness and warmth you guys radiate is unbelievable. Namaste is the only thing that comes to mind without sounding like a corny weepy crazy cat internet lady.... which sometimes I think I might be becoming.

Such is life.

Anyways, coming home from a very, very, very long day at the hospital all I craved was soup. Warm, hot, holy-cow-something-that-is-not-junk-food-or-from-a-vending-machine-not-deep-fried!!!! soup.

Wait here for a sec while I go off topic for a second.

Dear Husband,

I want a smart phone or a laptop. I can even justify the expense. If we are going to spend lots of time in a different city, WITHOUT WARNING mind you, I do not have time to research restaurants... so don't ask me where the good places are to eat. I do not know because Google/Yelp/Serious Eats/Chowhound are not in the internet that is my brain. I actually need the actual INTERNET and a way to access that INTERNET.

AND asking all the doctors to borrow their smart and portable devices is considered rude.



P.S. Dude, is it me or are all the doctors from Stanford look like they came from central casting from any medical show on TV in the last 20 years? They are all good looking.

P.P.S. And I see you staring at your dad's doctor. She's your type: pretty, smart, and has that certain je ne sais quoi tough no nonsense thing you like in women. Why does your dad always get female good looking people always helping him out? Is it because he looks like...

anthony quinn????

Okay, so I was craving soup but not in any sort of mood to cook. All I wanted was a stiff drink and a hot home cooked meal that didn't require too much thought. Thank God for a well stocked pantry.

ham-white bean-cabbage soup:

This was one of throw everything together meals. So there are really no exact measurements.

1 yellow onion, finely chopped
a couple leeks, washed and sliced finely
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
a couple pounds of ham, cut into bite sized cubes
8 cups of homemade turkey stock (chicken will do)
3 (15 oz) cans of cannellini beans
1 medium head of cabbage, washed and chopped into bite sized pieces
rice wine vinegar
red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste

In a large stockpot, warm 3 tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat. Add onion, leeks, and garlic and cook until soft and translucent, maybe even a little golden, for about 20 minutes. Add ham and beans, let that cook for about 10 minutes. Turn the heat to medium low and add stock.Let everything slowly simmer for at least a half hour to 45 minutes. Add cabbage, a good splash of rice wine vinegar, and a pinch of red pepper flakes and let cook for another five minutes or so. Serve in warm bowls.

truly a blue hour...


Melissa said...

Namaste. ;)

I wish I could have come up there and fed you while you were hanging out at the hospital. I know that just made everything worse.

Cali ʚϊɞ said...

being at the hospital is never fun... if i lived closer, i would def be there with miss melissa feeding you yummy comfort food. *hug*

with the sucky cold weather around here, this soup sounds devine. mmm... maybe with some sweet corn muffins.

you're in my thought honey <3

Amy said...

We recently caved and got Blackberries. They have been an absolute lifesaver in the midst of our stressed out lives.

You sound so exhausted. I feel that. You can totally add me to the list of guest posters if you feel I'm worthy.

Familia said...

ecm, i wish i'd tuned into this a little earlier, early enough to have been of some help in the stanford area. hang in there on the roller coaster rides, and if i can still be of help, please do let me know!

GiGi said...

It has been waaay too cold here in Texas. For God's sake, I've seen snow twice - THIS YEAR. I need all the hot soup recipes I can get. :) {{hugs}}

michele said...

where do you find rice wine vinegar? I've been looking for it for years, and eve in the asian stores by my house (I live in So Cal) I can't find it.

Undomestic Diva said...

Mmmm... your blog is making me fat. I love your photos. (I'm sure the recipes are great too. Ha.)

Sorry to hear about the shitty rollercoaster ride. It's going around.


Bren said...

estas mejor? had no idea. soup is always a good answer to feeling better. and you know i'd tear this soup up, sans the ham, and hopefully lose some weight along the way. Hope the hubby got you the goodies. Go with the laptop.