What would you say are your top 5 kitchen appliances? Actual stovetop and oven excluded. I’m talking about those workhorses you rely on constantly, across a huge range of different recipes, used almost daily or even multiple times per day? I have some that often get used multiple times per meal. Have you thought of your 5? You might even have a longer list.
Now, imagine that you have to box them all up and put them in a storage facility, completely and utterly inaccessible. How long could you go?
Well, I just got back from a cross-country trek with all my worldly goods, which were in a storage unit just shy of 3,000 miles away. In February of 2011, I locked it up and drove across the country to Portland with Donna’s help, bringing only what I could fit in my car. That’s right, My Cuisinart, my Kitchen Aid, my mandoline, my slow-cooker, even seemingly minor items like microplane zesters and wine openers – I’ve done without them all for two years. I am a fortunate person indeed to have had all these material luxuries in the first place – this was a fine life lesson in not taking what we already have for granted.
So at long last, we’re reunited, my stuff and I. The very first thing I made in my Vitamix (thank you Donna!) was Nom Nom Paleo’s homemade sriracha, which is just stupefyingly good. And then I made the fabulous bacon, leek and cauliflower soup you’ll find below – using my immersion blender. (And then of course I topped the soup with the sriracha.) Totally dairy-free, it manages to be rich without being heavy. And with an immersion blender, it’s also a total cinch. If you don’t have one, it’s also totally possible in a blender, don’t worry!