I have a confession to make.  I am an addict.  Not just a food addict, this one is a much more serious addiction, and in order to get my drug into my system I need to use needles.  Family and friends (and bank managers) have tried intervention, but to no avail.  I need to use those needles on a daily basis. 

You see that bag up there in the picture.  I made it myself.  I couldn’t help myself.  One day I wandered into The Gourmet Yarn Shop and Orly, the owner, became my pusher.  She enables me.  She takes my money and I walk out of there with my stash.  My needles.  I need to get that stuff into my system.

This bag has magical properties, it’s a Mary Poppins bag, but it works in the opposite manner.  Instead of all sorts of amazing objects coming out of it, things go in there and never come out.  I buy a few things at the supermarket, put them in my bag (to save the planet and not use the plastic stuff), and they are never seen again.  Knitting needles, crochet hooks, notebooks, chocolate bars, stuff goes in there and never comes out.  I’ll bet Jimmy Hoffa is in there…

The other day I downloaded and printed out a recipe for what looked like a really great cream soup.  It would be perfect to serve right before Tisha B’Av, full of carbs and filling and just right to have before a 25 hour fast.  My mistake?  I put it in my bag, never to be seen again.  This is the Little Shop of Horrors bag (feed me, Miriyummy, feed me all night long).

What to do?  We have a fast coming up and need to load up on the carbs.  Ju-Boy claims that if you give him half an onion, he can have supper ready in half an hour.  I’m the same way with soup, just as long as I have my handy dandy immersion blender, I can make soup out of anything.

Remember this bowl? It was featured in my very first blog post.

Zhuzzed Potato and Leek Soup

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2 medium potatoes, unpeeled and well scrubbed
  • 1 large zucchini, unpeeled and well scrubbed
  • 1 medium leek (including the green)
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 packed cup parsley (just the leaves, no stems)
  • 1 liter (4 cups) water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan.  Add the onions and start sautéeing until golden. 
  2. Cut up the potatoes into smallish dice and add them to the pan, let them get some good color as well.  Chop up the zucchini and the leek, toss them into the pan, keep sautéeing.  Do the same with the garlic, but throw them in whole.  Now add the parsley and give it one final stir. 
  3. Add the water, bring it to the boil, turn the heat down, cover the pot, and let simmer for about 20 minutes.
  4. Now comes the fun part.  Get out your immersion blender.  Take the pot off the flame, stick your stick in the soup, and start zhuzzing.  You don’t know what zhuzz means?  Neither does dictionary.com.  But it’s simple onomatopoeia, you just stick your stick in the soup, and start zhuzzing.  What is so difficult about this?  Need a picture?
  5. Shy-Boy and the fine art of zhuzzing

  6. Add the brown sugar, the salt and freshly ground black pepper and zhuzz one more time.  If you want to add some soup powder, I won’t tell anyone you did. 

I served this soup up with a drizzle of cream, and then added a handful of grated cheddar cheese, which then totally obscured the cream in the picture, so we got the flavor and calories without the visual enjoyment. 

The soup heats up well in the microwave.  You could take some to work with you and it would taste even better.  If I tried it, however, it would probably just get lost in my bag.

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Posted on 21 July 2010, in Passover, Potatoes, Soup, Vegetarian and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. My daughter is a needle girl too. She blogs about it on http://www.bubblycauldron.blogspot.com. She dyes and spins and she is really into drop spindles. She just got a holly spindle apparently she is eying the work of an Israeli spindle maker. BTW she also loves to cook.


  2. Irmgard Upmanis

    I was addicted to knitting at one time. Then my eyes started changing and it was a pain having to take off my glasses to read each instruction, then have to put them back on to follow through with the yarn. Maybe when I retire and have more time, I will get back into it as I really love knitting!


  3. I used to just like you. Now I love you. You crazy, Girl. 🙂


    • Wow, we have a mutual admiration society! You haven’t posted since Monday and I am getting withdrawal symptoms! I am trying to think of a comment for your last post but am just too blown away by the story.


  4. Wow! To think one of my favorite foodie bloggers is also a knitter!!!! You should come visit our Knit N’ Nosh in Jerusalem…are you on Ravelry yet? (It is the ‘zaar of the Needle world)


    • Knit N’ Nosh, I love it! So now there’s another thing I have to miss about Jerusalem. And thanks for commenting (and complimenting) because now I’ve discovered your blog!


  5. oh, mirj! lol love the bag, the word zhuzz, the photo of your son and, of course, the recipe. but that one, dear friend, is a given!

    btw, i’m thinking your other half should guest post with what he can create with an onion and a 1/2 hour!! 🙂


  6. Thanks, Mirjiam. Hoping those words were meant on a positive note. I love your blog! Haven’t seen you for a while, but my granson and son are back in Michigan and I’m back to pushin’! Shabbat Shalom, Orly


    • Orly, those words were meant on the most positive of notes! I was in your shop the other day, picked up my discontinued yarn that you found for me and had a great chat with your mom!


  7. I have never been addicted to needles of any description. Never learned to sew, knit, crochet, tat, weave or knot, and have no desire to do so. My philosophy is if I can make it with a hammer and nails, then it’s good to go. I congratulate you for your ability to hide zoop in that bag…. Good for a quick lunch on the streetcar. Do you have a long straw hiding in there as well to zup the zoop?


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