Maureen: Well, we have a number of problems with this recipe, right out of the gate.
Andrew (12): Like what?
Maureen: Well, Hugh wants us to go into our garden and pick our own vegetables for this.
Nicholas (8): But we don’t have a garden!
Andrew: And it’s winter! Even if we had a garden, we wouldn’t be able to go out and pick any of them.
Maureen: Precisely. However, I visited the boys at The Creaky Shed and picked out the vegetables from there. Do you think that counts?
Maureen: Hugh also advises that we should make the vegetable prep a family event. He wants us to gather around our picnic table and each of us prepare a vegetable.
Andrew: Well, that would be a problem, since it’s winter. As already discussed.
Maureen: It’s a nice idea, but I couldn’t see it happening, even in the summer. I think I could find more fun family events than cutting up vegetables.
Maureen: Well, I think it’s nice. It’s perfect for a cold winter day, even if that does mean we can’t go pick our own. What do you think?
Andrew: It’s OK.
Nicholas: It’s fine, but it could be better.
Nicholas: I don’t know.
Tim: They just don’t like it because it’s so healthy and full of vegetables. I think it’s good.
Maureen: It was also very easy, aside from having to cut up all the vegetables.
Tim: If you can cut vegetables, you can cook this dinner.
Cook’s Notes: Hugh said to cut the zucchini only in half moons, but I thought that made those pieces much bigger than the rest of the vegetables in the soup. So I ended up going back and fishing them all out and cutting them into smaller pieces. But all in all, this was very good, easy and delicious for lunch the next day.