Maureen: It seems like a good soup day, and with spring coming, hopefully we don’t have too many soup days left until autumn.
Nicholas (7): It doesn’t look like anything.
Maureen: Of course not. It’s white.
Andrew (11): Is this from the new cookbook?
Maureen: Yes, it is. What do you think?
Maureen: I think it needs something else. Maybe more peppers?
Nicholas: I give it a minus 10 out of 10. It’s a crime against gastronomy!
Maureen: I take it that you won’t want me to make it again?
Andrew and Nicholas (simultaneously): NO!
Nicholas: You should not have been creative.
Maureen: Do you boys want a bowl of cereal instead for dinner?
Andrew and Nicholas: Yes, please.
Maureen: It would seem this has been disastrous. At least the kitchen isn’t as messy as after a Jamie “30 minute” dinner!
Chef notes: The recipe says you should simmer the soup for 2 minutes. (Two is not a typo.) Obviously, the soup is never going to get hot enough with only 2 minutes of simmer time, so I cooked for about 7 minutes. Also, if I were to make it again, I would roast more peppers to add to the soup. If you’re short of time, I’m willing to bet that good-quality roasted peppers from a jar would do just as good a job and would save you a step. However, given the reception above, I won’t be making this one again.