Saurus: Mom! MOM! MOM! Emergency! It’s an emergency!
Me: I’M UP! WHAT IS IT?! WHO DIED?!
Saurus: I was in the bathroom and the lights just when dark. The lights just goed out while I was using the bathroom! (excessive and descriptive arm movements included.)
Me: Are you hurt?
Saurus: No, but the dark bathroom scared me. I was just trying to have privacy and get ready for the day like with brushing my teeth and stuff like that and the lights ran out of electricity!
Me: The power just went out, sweetheart. It’s okay. We’ll get the fireplace going and be all snuggly til it comes back on. You’re sure you’re not hurt?
Saurus: No. I’m okay.
Me: Okay, then. Now that my heart has returned to a normal rhythm…Saurus, save the word emergency for when someone is really hurt or something is on fire or something REALLY big okay?
The next day:
Saurus: MOM! OH NO MOM! MOM! EMERGENCY, MOM! EMERGENCY! IT’S AN EMERGENCY!
Me: WHERE’S YOUR BROTHER?!
Saurus: He’s fine.
Me: Well, you look fine and I don’t smell smoke. What’s the emergency?
Saurus: My snowman lost his hat. It blow-ed away and I’m so worried!
Me: We’ve gotta get you a safe word or something. Emergencies are when someone will die.
Saurus: The snowman will die. He’ll get so cold wiffout [without] his cozy warm black hat with the little red stripes with the cute little red fluffy ball on top and he’ll die.
Me: Well we can’t have that. (side note: Saurus is excessive with descriptions. I find it hilarious but it seriously slows down the conversation)
Me: But seriously, where is your brother?
Saurus: Eating and ruining the kitchen.
Me: The usual, then.
So either we’re going to have to figure out how to better explain what constitutes an actual emergency or we’re going to just roll with it and have a new and improved word for real life or death scenarios. We’ll test it out when we run out of tomato bisque which I’m fairly certain is a life or death scenario.
Tomato bisque is probably my favorite soup (next to French onion) and is a wintertime staple in our house. I rue the day we don’t have any. True emergency.
This recipe is pretty much everything you ever wanted in a tomato bisque: bacon cooked in butter, extra creamyness, slight carrot flavor, and the perfect consistency for dunking grilled cheese.
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/2 lb (about 5 strips) bacon, chopped into small chunks*
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 3 carrots, chopped
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 4 tsp minced garlic (about 4 cloves)
- 1/3 C cup4cup gluten-free flour**
- 6 tsp chicken broth base***
- 1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
- 1 8oz can tomato paste
- 2 tsp parsley
- 2 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 bay leaf
- 5 C water
- 1 C heavy cream
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat the butter in a large stock pot (one with a lid) over medium heat until melted.
- Add in the bacon and cook until the bacon is crisp.
- Remove bacon and set aside on a paper towel.
- Add the chopped onion, carrots, celery, and garlic. Cover the pot and cook until the veggies are soft, stirring occasionally (about 8 min)
- Whisk in the flour and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Add chicken base, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and spices. Stir well.
- Gently add water.
- Lower the temperature, cover, and allow to simmer for 25 mins, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat, remove the bay leaf, and puree the mixture until smooth****
- Strain the mixture through a sieve to get it the perfect consistency.
- Return the mixture to the pot and over low heat, stir in the cream and salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve with bacon pieces and parsley. And grilled cheese.
- *Sometimes I just go ahead and throw in a whole pound of bacon - I try to always keep some around anyway for putting in oatmeal, omelettes, etc
- **All-purpose flour with all the gluten is great too, I just try to cook gluten-free when I can and this is an easy way to do it.
- ***I prefer chicken broth base and water over pre-made chicken stock (plus it saves room in the pantry) but you can substitute the broth base and water for chicken stock if you prefer that.
- ****You should probably let it cool a bit first but I'm always too impatient for that and just go for it. It works out. It's also best to do it in batches.