Oprah recently told Ellen she is moving… they are neighbours in Santa Barbara… and after some friendly banter over Oprah not giving Ellen produce from her garden… to which Oprah responded that Ellen does not cook… the big move was brought up…

I don’t know if I am alone in finding the conversations of extremely wealthy people interesting and strange… but wow are they in their own little ‘extreme wealth’ world…

reminds me of the episode where Oprah and Gayle take a road trip and Oprah is filling up with gas and commented that she had not gassed up a vehicle since ’83… these comments are only funny to the very rich…

I told a friend tonight that I bought a pair of jeans because they were ‘only’ $160 and she slapped me…  well, she didn’t actually slap me but in her mind she slapped me and then she told me how ridiculous I sounded…

but poor Oprah, she has a friend named Gayle that never tells her how crazy she sounds…

Oprah is moving to Colorado… reason you ask…  Seasons… she misses seasons…

I get this… and I pondered it as I made soup…  the thought did cross my mind that she might be moving to Colorado because California is in the midst of a drought and she is thinking it might be time time to leave…

seasons… why do we need them?  why isn’t someone in constant sun and warmth happy?  why do they need the toil and frustration that comes with the changing of the weather?

it is winter right now here in Canada… thus the soup…  winter means we go around our yard, bring everything in and hide for a few months… literally hide… yes we have to venture out… but while we are out all we can think about is getting back to our couch and wrapped up in a warm Costco blanket and watching Game of Thrones…

then comes spring… along with spring fever… which is brought on due to the fact that we all take off the bulky winter clothing and put on shorts and a tank top and go out in barely above freezing weather…  and attempt to mate with anything moving… it’s not something anyone would want to document but it is the way of life for those dealing with seasons…

summer… 2 brief months for those of us in Canada… where daylight hours are valuable… and you spend 13 hours on a boat because you know the hot, hazy days are fleeting…

then comes fall… otherwise known as harvest… the season of garden produce, mosquitoes dying, halloween, leaves changing colour, getting rid of your kids to school, football, hunting…  actually I think this is my favourite season…

I get you Oprah… problem is Ellen grew up in New Orleans and Oprah lived in Chicago… we crave what we know…

if you’ve known winter, you can’t appreciate summer without it…

similar to if you’ve known heartbreak, you appreciate love on a different level…

navy bean soup with kale and tomatoes

  • Servings: one large pot
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Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 tbsp herbes de provence
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 gurgles of white wine
  • 1 (398 mL or 14 oz) can of navy beans, strained and rinsed
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth, low sodium
  • 4 large kale leaves, thinly sliced, stems removed
  • 4 thick slices of stale ciabatta bread, cubed
  • balsamic vinegar, for drizzling
  • parmesan cheese, for topping
  • sea salt and black pepper

Directions:

  • heat oil in a large pot over medium heat
  • add onion and pinches of salt and pepper, cook for 5 minutes
  • add chopped carrots, herbes de provence (or rosemary) and garlic, cook for 5 more minutes
  • add tomatoes, red pepper flakes, and more salt and pepper, cook for 10 minutes
  • add 2 gurgles of white wine, beans and broth, cook for 20 minutes or until carrots are soft
  • add kale, cubed bread and drizzle with balsamic vinegar
  • simmer until kale is wilted
  • serve with shaved parmesan cheese on top