So.... the first thing I cooked on my new smooth top stove was soup. DD woke up about an hour after the stove and dishwasher were delivered. The oven was going through the cleaning cycle as per the instructions for a new stove, so baking zaatar was out of the question, at least until later. But DD was hungry and wanted something savory. I still had a couple of cups of pureed roasted pumpkin in the fridge and I knew it had to be used up or I'd have to throw it away, so I told her that pumpkin soup was in her immediate future.
How did I like the stove top? I liked it, but it will take some getting used to. I have to remember to put the cold pan on the cold burner and THEN turn it on, and I have to remember to not slide the pans around since that will scratch the surface. The smaller burners are in the back, and I needed to use one of the smaller burners for the small amount of soup I was making. I didn't like having to lean in awfully close to the hot oven door during the cleaning cycle, so I guess that is the major drawback to this stove. We'll see what I think about the placement of the burners in a couple of weeks.....
We really liked this soup, but the coconut milk was kind of a waste since we couldnt' taste any coconut flavor at all. I think we'd do better with a little bit of coconut flavoring. That's what I get for getting extra cheap coconut milk - I forgot my grandmother's first rule of frugality: buy the very best quality that you can, and then use every part of it so that there is no waste. However, the soup was very tasty and something that we both agreed we'd like to have again.
Roasted and Lightly Curried Pumpkin Soup
2 C pureed roasted pumpkin
1 14 oz can of coconut milk
1/4 C Cabernet Sauvignon (or whatever wine you have open in your kitchen)
1 heaping tsp mild curry powder
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp cayenne
1/4 C brown sugar
1 tsp Herbes de Provence
Salt to taste (about 1 tsp)
Water or broth
Just put everything except the salt and water or broth into a pan and stir till well blended. Heat slowly and simmer for about 15 minutes to blend the flavors. Salt to taste and thin to desired consistency with water or broth. This made two good sized bowls. We were too excited about the stove to think about taking a picture.
That's all there is to it! Now my stove is no longer perfectly new! Yay!
Neither is my new dishwasher, since I put the dirty dishes into it. Yay!