It’s getting hot in here
35 degrees….feels like 45….47% humidity. Whew! those be some big numbers.
Recently I purchased a pack of 10 visits to Bikram yoga from Groupon. Bikram’s classes run exactly 90 minutes and consist of a set series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. Bikram Yoga is ideally practiced in a room heated to 105°F with a humidity of 40%. I was all set to attend today’s 12 p.m. class but just couldn’t make myself do it.
Doing a Bikram class where they don’t actually have to turn the heat on in the room is just…well….nuts! Honestly? I could have done my own class in our apartment hallways today.
I can however still make myself eat hot soup in the middle of a heat wave. If I had a barbecue then that would probably be my first choice but letting a thick, hearty soup simmer on low heat for an hour is far better than turning the oven on. Besides…I had a bunch of perfectly fresh asparagus from the farmers market to deal with.
Asparagus Squash Soup
- 1 T olive oil
- 2 onions roughly chopped
- 5 cloves of garlic
- 2 carrots diced
- 2 hot peppers roughly chopped
- 2 yellow squash chopped unpeeled
- 1 large bunch of asparagus (woody ends discarded)
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 2 T arrowroot (or cornstarch)
- 2 t salt (or to taste)
- Heat olive oil in a large stock pot. Add onions, garlic, carrots and hot peppers and sauté until cooked through (about 10 min).
- Add squash and asparagus and cook stirring well for another 5 minutes.
- Pour in vegetable stock reserving 1/4 cup. Place the reserved stock, arrowroot and salt in a small bowl and whisk until no lumps remain. Whisk this mixture slowly into the stock.
- Let the soup simmer for about 1 hour. Once all veggies are cooked through, blend well with an immersion blender or by adding 2 cups at a time to a food processor.
A bowl of soup loaded with vegetables on a hot summers day is better than you’d think. It’s light and not too filling and just because it’s soup doesn’t mean you have to eat it piping hot. Serve luke warm with a crisp salad and a thick slice of multi grain bread.
What do you tend to eat on steamy hot days?