The end of year has been punk times without relief.
Some blame it on social media.
Social media users post they need a break. They want to cleanse their mind of the drivel, hostility and tumult often found in feeds they scroll.
How is “cleansing” possible? Social media is an addiction and once hooked, that’s it. Few want to make a permanent break from social media, so what’s really the point of a cleanse? A better idea is to exercise moderation when using social media. I think the ancient Greeks said something like this.
Some blame it on our president.
Sequestered in the White House, his spouse in Florida with their son, a phone nearby, he waits for Democrats to call. The current stalemate is the president’s doing, so why would they call? He lashes out with ill-informed, ill-mannered tweets. I don’t know anyone who would object if he took a break from Twitter.
Relief from punk times can be found in getting busy. Today I made a hearty winter soup.
Butternut Squash and Turnip Soup
- One medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into half inch cubes.
- Two large turnips peeled and cut into quarter inch cubes.
- One cup thinly sliced celery.
- One cup medium dice onions.
- One quart tomato juice.
- Vegetable broth to cover.
- Quarter teaspoon each of ground nutmeg, allspice and coriander.
- Teaspoon ground cinnamon.
- One large bay leaf.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
Cover the bottom of a Dutch oven with vegetable broth and add the celery and onion. Stir until the onions start to soften. Add the turnips and squash. Add a quart of tomato juice and spices with vegetable broth to cover. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the vegetables are soft. Remove and discard the bay leaf. Use a blender to smooth the mixture and serve with a dollop of sour cream and finely chopped parsley or chives.
Warm winter soup to chase away these punk times.