I prefer a rustic kind of lifestyle: I collect dishes in my sink, flour on my apron and chicken poop under my shoes. I like my edges sharp, my lines wavy and my dots splashed. I believe in guesstimates and rough chops. In handfuls I trust.
Most of the time, I can get away with it. My beau already married me; who else am I gonna impress? But then there are days when we ehn-tuh-taine-uh. So I have to step it up a notch and get a little refined. I pick up my clutter, bathe the dogs and pull out my Chanel. Because no one wants a glop of soup.
The money’s in the relish. Crisp, raw apple with tart cranberry, sweet honey and a dust of cinnamon, on top of a roasted butternut puree. A bit of savory autumn goodness.
Slapdash need not apply.
Inspired by: Friends who contributed a soup with this relish to a dinner party at the RGB.
Source: Soup recipe from Rustic Garden Bistro. Garnish recipe modified from Rachel Ray (deletion of chili powder).