Photo by Andrea Patton
It took until just a couple weeks ago, but it is finally (mostly) super cold in New York (though significantly worse in Michigan last weekend, yikes). Not that I’m saying this is a good thing; winter is easily my least favorite season, except for the fact that I can comfortably use my oven and also make and eat soup all. the. time. I adapted this recipe from David’s stepmom, and the original is an award winner (at the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival many years ago, and still talked about all the time!); this version is vegan, and it was served at last month’s Supper Studio dinner with Brooklyn psych-pop band TEEN.
I mentioned Supper Studio a while back, but in case you missed it: Last spring my friend Tracy Candido and I started a pop-up music and food series in New York, in which we cook and serve up a multicourse menu inspired by a band’s music (very similar to what I do on here, but an entire meal for a crowd of about 50 people), and the band also plays an intimate set. It’s been a huge challenge and I’m learning a lot, but the first two events have been super rewarding and we’re excited to keep this going into 2014.
So! This soup, inspired by TEEN, the stars of our last meal and show. We made the dish because of its brightness, in color and also the flavors, since many of TEEN’s songs are really bright and jangly, and of course pumpkin (and soup) is in season. The curry made sense because some of the melodies on the band’s Carolina EP that came out this year have a tone that reminded us of Indian music; and the mushrooms, while not special mushrooms, are of course a nod to the psychedelic, California-sounding element of TEEN’s songs. The sound of a spoon hitting the bottom of a bowl (at the event we used mugs), reminded us of the echoey reverb throughout their music; and the bagel croutons are for the band’s New York home base.
Visit Supper Studio’s website to see the rest of the menu; and we’ll have some photos and video soon. Also! Shoutout to Brooklyn Magazine’s Kristin Iversen, who wrote an incredibly flattering recap of the event.
Also, friendly reminder that I wrote about my favorite music of 2013, and you can also download 35 songs I loved, right over here. Happy holidays! See you in 2014!Pin It