Brooke over at Crackers on the Couch is the kind of person you want to know: down-to-earth, hilarious, creative, and full of love and encouragement. You might remember her during the holiday series, The 12 Days of Christmas Cookies, that she so graciously invited me to convert her cookie recipes and post alongside of her. I can always count on this girl to make me laugh so hard with her comments! She is one well-worth keeping an eye on…
Cara, thanks so much for allowing me to guest post today! You are so playful with your food and really inspired me as I was working on this project. I am so excited to share my final post in the series here with your readers! To give everyone an update, this week I’ve been posting a series of Superhero soups that were kicked off by my son asking for Batman Soup. You wouldn’t believe how excited my boys have been to be test subjects for these! Now they expect everything I serve them to have a Superhero theme! (Today we had “Twisty Man” pasta. Never heard of “Twisty Man?” Yeah, that’s ‘cuz Mama got desperate. His superpower is the ability to taste yummy under beans, tomatoes, and sour cream…) Today’s superhero actually exists outside our household, though he may be slightly less known than most. He is: The Thing.
Unlike the rest of my Souperheroes, I don’t have a dim, fond memory of The Thing. I really don’t know much about him except he’s strong and he has super thick skin and a crummy attitude. And he’s part of the Fantastic Four and he got his superpowers accidentally when the experimental spaceship he was flying was pelted by cosmic rays. And I know all this because Wikipedia is awesome. But what I did know about him (before my enlightening Wikipedia visit) is he’s yellow and rocky looking. And you know what I love to eat that’s yellow and rocky looking? Daal. I love Indian food. This recipe is inspired by Indian cooking, though not super authentic because, well… you know… I’m not Indian… It’s as authentic as a Southern girl transplanted to Seattle by way of California can get…
The (Yellow Split Pea Daal) Thing
Yield: 6 Servings
1 large onion, chopped
2 large cloves garlic, sliced
2 tsp whole cumin seed
1 tsp turmeric
1 Tbs olive oil
2 C yellow split peas
4 C water
2 C vegetable stock
Salt and pepper
3 C cooked Jasmine rice
Heat olive oil in a large stock pot and brown onion and garlic. As onion becomes translucent, add cumin seed and turmeric. When onions are done browning, add yellow split peas, water and stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until split peas have softened, 20-30 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with rice and yogurt. And maybe a nice roti if you can get your hands on it…
Thing #1 loved it. Thing #2 not so much (“Too spicy!,” he says. It’s totally not spicy, he just didn’t want to eat it.) Mr. Crackers and I like it very much. Next time, I think I’ll try some fresh curry leaves in it and see what happens.
If you enjoyed this post, I’ve got a week’s worth of vegan, gf Souperheroes waiting for you over on my blog and more to come as I think of them! Thanks again, Cara! You’re the best!
Check out Brooke’s other super creative SouperHero soups:
Incredible Minted Green Pea Soup
Yay for Souper heros who have thte ability to hide under kale!!! This is great. Twisty man, hahaha. That’s what I call Psycho boy hubby (when he is particularly nutzoid).
Clever, Clever, Clever post!
Still waiting to hear about the originas of the name Psycho Boy, GiGi! 🙂
I will tell once gag order has been removed.
This is so adorable!!!! What a cute idea!
Isn’t this the coolest?? I cannot wait attempt to fly after eating one of these soups…
Apparently, now is the time for the legal disclaimer… There is no cheese in Wonder Woman soup. There are no actual superheroes in Souperhero Soups. Do not attempt to fly while eating Souperhero Soups. Use caution while wearing spandex. Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.
Man, you ruin all the fun…
YUUUUUMMMMMMMM. Super soups!
hehehe. Cute idea, huh, Jessi?
Thanks, Jessi! 🙂
This is so cool… although I think my (grown up) partner Viper would enjoy this more than my son (not so grown up) at the moment…. he’s a huge comic/super hero fan and needs some encouragement to eat more veggies – I reckon this method would work for a 35 year old, no?
I have no doubt. And if that doesn’t work, try spoon feeding him. “Open up the hanger! Here comes the airplane!” That aughta do it…
awessomee! i love all the soups.. how cool is that wonderwoman and the fantastic batman! love the ” thing 1 likes it .. thing 2 not so much”. :)).. i am sure they think mama is super cool!
i saw that wonderwoman 2 days back somewhere.. and its still sitting in one of my open tabs! and nothing can beat good old daal for me anyday! love those superheroes peeking here and there in the pictures.
Amazing job Brooke! and another great guest post Cara!
Thanks, Richa! The Wonder Woman soup has sort of taken off. I am surprised how much people love Wonder Woman! I think it’s because she’s the best female superhero by far…
LOL I love these pics! Very creative! 😀
Isn’t this soup so much fun??!
Yes! I want Superhero Soup!
…er, just as long as it’s not made from superheros..
mmmmmmm, I will have a bowl of blended Thing parts please 🙂
Thanks, Steph! I was pleased with how these pics turned out, probably more than any others I’ve ever taken. It only took 6mos planning! Hah!
Hey, the planning was worth it! 😀
This is what all the great chefs say, that you eat with your eyes as well as your stomach. You are one smart, creative momma. I especially like ‘Twisty Man.’ Those are some lucky little boys at your house. I had a giggle about ‘The Thing’ because I didn’t know who he was until my husband brought home the Fantastic 4 movies. In fact, we own copies of every super hero movie going so I guess some boys never really grow up. All those animated Disney classics have absolutely nothing to say about MY mental age. Nothing! Do you hear? Great job, Brooke.
And by great chefs you mean Laurel included in that, right? RIGHT?! 🙂
Nobody’s ever turned down my food, but that just means they’re hungry.
Both you and Brooke seem to have difficulty with compliments. I will have to figure out a special potion that forces the 2 of you to accept them with ease…
When it comes to phrases to live by, I think that what I’ve discovered this past week is “It takes a geek to please a geek!” And I like it… *eyebrow wiggle* 😀 I haven’t seen any of the Fantastic 4 movies, now I feel like I’m missing out…
Favorite part of that response has to be the eyebrow wiggle…
Eyebrow wiggles are positively ‘de rigeur’ when it comes to geek pleasing. It takes a geek to please a geek. Fun-ee.
Eyebrow wiggling is right up there with mustache twirling…
Is your nickname Snidley by any chance or are you Pauline? Where, oh where are the RCMP when you need them anyway? Do they think flashing the Batman light absolves them of all responsibility? Seriously. 😀
Batman’s an enabler. If he quit showing up they’d have to fend for themselves… 🙂
I was just told by a certain 5 year old that I have hair on my face…so I can definitely pull off mustache twirling, apparently 🙂
genius soup genius!! I love the wonder woman, I saw that the other day, so you must already be in my reader! (I have a very fuzzy mind these days…) 🙁
playing with food is GOOD – you and Cara both do it well!
hehehe–Oh Kris! You make me smile. Hope things are calming a bit down on your side of the world. xo!
Thanks, Kristina! Wonder Woman has kind of taken a life of her own. She’s showing up everywhere! But I hope it’s because I’m in your reader! 🙂
What creative and fun ideas! And I love that Brooke’s boys tried some unusual and varied foods because they were superhero themed. Great pictures too!
Isn’t this just so much fun, Cadry??? Makes me wanna put my leotard on 🙂
I’m already wearing a cape! Now I have an excuse!
bahaha!! You would be wearing a cape, now, wouldn’t you?? 🙂 giggling
Thanks, Cadry! (What a cool name!) I was so glad my boys tried some new stuff, especially my little one who usually won’t eat anything unless it’s got a crust under it!
Cara, I’m so glad to be a “People You Should Know”! You’ve got the best readers (probably because you’re the best!) Megalove, lady!
They really ARE the best aren’t they??? I have no idea why they like me but I am not going to fight it 🙂 And it’s a no-brainer that you are a Peep to Know…
Her boys are so lucky- what a great mama!
This has got to be the most creative way I have ever seen soup presented to kids; Super Hero Soup, Genius 🙂
Love, love dal- what a great Guest post!
Thanks, Heather! I must say these kids ate a lot of stuff they might not have ordinarily because it was superhero related! Especially the black bean soup. They are nuts for it now!
Heather, you should see some of the other stuff she makes her boys–you are right, they are so lucky to have her as their mother!
HAH! Most of the rest of the stuff they get is directly ripped off from you, Woman! They still beg for skull waffles! 😀
You still won’t accept the compliment now, will you???
Compliment Deflector Shield Engaged!!! Pyow! Pkow!!
*shaking my fist in the air* I’ll get you!!!
Oh wow! These look fantastic!! I love soup!!!!
Thanks, AnonymousBurn! 🙂
I so heart soup as well–this series makes me want another month of it 🙂
Nora @ Natural Noshing
I’m giggling with delight and excitement – how adorable and creative is this?!?!? This is soooo something my mom would have done when my brither and i were growing up 🙂 food should be fun and Brooke (and you Cara) are masters at this!!
Excited delighted giggles are what I was shooting for, Nora! Thanks! Your Mom sounds like a lot of fun!
I think you have all of us giggling, B. xo
OH MY GOSH! brooke is SO creative! this is the most creative/freakin adorable thing i’ve seen in a while! bravo to brooke for creating superhero soups! 😉
Thanks, Caitlin! I don’t think anything is creative as Cara’s Frankenpops last Halloween, but these were a lot of fun to make!
ok..maybe most creative regarding dinner/entrees?
Brooke, accept the compliment! It really IS freaking creative–I agree Caitlin!
Most creative dinner entree it is! w00t! 😀
She sure is! I am Souper Proud! Way to go Brooke! Thanks Cara for hosting! Yay!
hehe. Love the tie in with the Souper theme, Susan 🙂 Adorable. And it was my utter pleasure to host Brooke!!