Nicholas (8): I’ve got one thing to say. In the event of an earthquake, if you had these vegetables, it would be the only thing that survived.
Maureen: I don’t understand what you’re talking about. It’s delicious. I love it.
Andrew (11): It seems to be missing something. I’ve got another comment about the Jamie Oliver prunes dessert.
Maureen: But we’re talking about the soup!
Andrew (undeterred): The prunes were good for only one thing and that was to clean out the sewers.
Maureen: Back to the soup. This is really nice. There’s nothing weird in it. It’s not spicy. It’s just yummy vegetables made into a soup. I’m not asking you to love it. I’m asking you to eat it. (The boys begin to eat it) Is it growing on you?
Andrew: Yes, actually.
Maureen: Are you just saying that or do you really mean it.
Nicholas: I really mean it.
Maureen: As a “vegetarian” this should be right up your street!
Andrew: Overall, I thought it was very nice.
Maureen: Would you like me to make it again?
Andrew: It would depend on my mood.
Nicholas: Me too!
Cook’s Notes: As you can see from the photo below, there was a lot of chopping involved, which took a bit of time. But don’t let that deter you. In fact, I found it oddly therapeutic following a hard day dealing with difficult people. But once all the chopping is finished, this is quite an easy and delicious dinner. It was perfect for a rainy summer day.