I guess Mother Nature wasn't content to abuse us with mere chilly winds, so she is now dousing the city with relentless rain as well. Time for more soup!
This one I kind of made up on the fly, using most of the ingredients I'd planned to put into tonight's dinner omelette. It came together pretty quickly, even with aching, half-frozen hands:
I toasted a couple handfuls of pepitas in a heavy pot over medium high heat, then set them aside to cool. To the same pot, I then added the following:
canned black beans, rinsed and drained
chicken stock/water in equal amounts
salt to taste
I would have added garlic and celery as well, but I was chilled to the bone and desperately needed a hot shower. Near-hypothermia is a valid reason for cutting the cooking process short.
While the soup bubbled away for about 20 minutes, I grated a few ounces of cheddar (and took a hot shower, of course).
I served up the finished soup with cheddar and pepitas for topping, and some cornbread for dipping. What a wonderfully delicious way to chase the chills!