Monday, November 8, 2010

Soups and soups and brioche

We have been so busy. Much more than anticipated.
Did I say that before?

How was this first week? Well, I made a lot of soup!!!
I offered two soups per day and sold out almost every day even though I made ginormous batches.
This is what I think I did so far:

Chunky chipotle chicken soup
Spicy butternut squash with lemongrass, galangal, lime leef
Sweet Potato and butternut squash
Spicy beet
Soft beet and goat cheese
Curried cauliflower
Potato, leek and bacon
Broccoli and cheddar
Tomato and roasted red pepper
Tomato, garlic and basil
Homestyle chunky vegetable
Another spicy butternut squash
Beef and barley with mushroom
Acorn squash, apple and cashew

Isn't this insane?
Below is the recipe for the acorn squash soup.

I have trouble putting the finger on how I am feeling. It is definitely setting in that I have a café/restaurant... This weekend was proof that I need to hire someone. So far, I have had so much help from friends and family.

This friend is pure gold

Meet Lynne. She is extraordinary. And larger than life (really, she is tall.)
She comes in and works for food on Saturday mornings (and Sunday this week too!) and we chat food, we make food, we serve food, we live live for food. Everyone needs a Lynne in their life.

Everyone needs cute kids in their lives too.
The hair, the hot chocolate mustache, the wool pants (I want those)

We finally got our business cards, they are screenprinted!

My fave dessert of the week, banana and caramel cream pie.

So, week two is a go. Shopping, making menus, fixing little things in the space. Trying to figure out how much food is needed (on Saturday, we ran out of most of the food!). Trying to figure out what will work on the menu as well - Lynne and I were sooooo happy to offer French Toast and it just did not sell as anticipated. Rethinking for next weekend morning food...

I changed the hours as well - days off are now Monday and Tuesday.
We put up a temporary website.

Acorn squash, apple and cashew soup (small recipe! not restaurant size!)

2 onions, diced
3 carrots, diced
1 rib celery, diced
2 acorn squash, roasted, pulp only
3 apples
vegetable stock
1/2 cup roasted cashews
fresh thyme
salt and pepper to taste

In a saucepan, cook the onions in vegetable oil (or butter) until slightly golden. Add the carrot and celery, cook for 4 minutes, stirring from time to time. If it dries out, add a bit of water. Add the squash, apples and enough stock to cover - simmer until all vegetables are tender. Remove from heat, add cashews, purée until silky smooth. Add fresh thyme leaves and season with salt and pepper to taste.


One of Ottawa's Real Foodies said...

Love the business cards. Love the 'temporary' website. Chuffed to have been mentioned on your website. I still remain WOW'ed.

Rachelle said...

Lynne is seriously an angel from heaven. you are so lucky to have her.

foodiePrints said...

We love Lynne too! We nearly caused her untimely demise by asking her to judge cupcakes. Yet she still talks to us!

My diector went to Chez Edgar this weekend, and is now singing the same praises I do to his colleagues. One of the consultants is organizing a lunchtime run to bring back some brioche!

Here's to Chez Edgar's continued success!

...and Marysol finding some staff to help out...I've a feeling you'll need some seasonal staff with holiday season not long off!

Anonymous said...

find staff... but PLEASE DON'T REPLACE ME!!!! I LOVE helping! I love getting to talk food, make food, share your ideas, learn from you and get to spend my time with you and simon and edgar.
FYI - the beet soup is my favourite one. oh how I heart that soup ... but am also very excited to try the cauliflower soup, the beef soup and then potato leek and bacon soup. and i can't wait to make other delicious treats with you! mouah!

nicole said...

You are doing it! Wow.

Don't forget to let me know if you need help! I would be happy to put in more hours at Edgar. And don't forget to let us know about the dishwasher!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on week 1! Have you considered offering gift certificates? I'm thinking Edgar would make a good Christmas gift!

Savannah said...

I love reading this blog, Marysol! Congratulations on the opening of Edgar :)
I've shared your blog with our online community over on Redpath Sugar's Facebook page. I know that others will love to read about your journey and delicious recipes.

Lauren said...

Marysol, I am just so excited for you! I am an avid follower of your blog and appreciate all your various posts. I'd just love it if you followed me as well, I think we have similar (ahem, great) taste!

Good luck with Edgar!

xo Lauren

Marie-Claude Q said...

This was inspiration for the roasted squash, celery, sweet potato, potato and almond soup at our house last night. Great stuff!

glutzyken said...

Just read about you in Apartment 163's 5 Responses to “99 problems but a Bowich ain’t one”. krista {urbanite jewelry} Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 10:18

i am a bit slow on following the tre'sndy mags, But will be there later today.

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