It snowed this morning and as my husband keeps pointing out, this is March. I don’t mind that winter seems to be “tapering” off. The snow was pretty, not a lot and it wasn’t too cold outside. My husband just likes it when the weather is jungle hot and there’s a huge sweat spot on the back of his shirt. This love affair with heat began when he lived in Chad as a Peace Corps volunteer in a mud hut with an outdoor shower (bucket) and a hole in the ground that served as a toilet. He would have made a great African explorer back in the day and I would have been one of the early casualties of weather shock and a thoughtless marriage 😀
Anyway. I had some smoked neck bones and because Mr. Human Torch is leaving tomorrow for a week TDY in Senegal (89-91F), I thought it would be a good time for him to enjoy some hot, homemade, comforting soup before his environment dictated a diet of ice cold water, beer, red wine with ice cubes and maybe a little salad soaked in iodine water.
There’s no real recipe here. I boiled a pound of smoked neckbones,with a sliced onion, two carrots and a bay leaf for about 1 1/2 hours until the meat began to fall from the bones. I removed the neckbones from the stockpot, discarded the bones, chopped the meat and set it aside. I then cubed 2 large baking potatoes and added them to the stock to simmer. I sliced two large leeks, sauteed them in butter until soft and added them to the pot along with the chopped meat to simmer for about 15 minutes. Finally I added about a cup of finely chopped broccoli and cauliflower and simmered for an additional 5 minutes.