Pediatric Emergencies (Diana Kennedy’s Tortilla Soup)

I’ve spent the last week in the pediatric ED (paediatric for you, twin.) That’s why I haven’t been around, or posting, sorry! Kids have this habit of getting sick when it is absolutely the most inconvenient for their parents, like the little boy who came in while his mom was upstairs giving birth, or the kid who almost made his family miss their flight back to Australia. The peds ED is also the perfect place to be med student AKA a fly on the wall. A few of the more choice images from this week:

  • A family with the grandma in full burka, mother in hijab and chador, older sister in just a headscarf, little sister bareheaded and dragging a blonde American Girl doll dressed in only a pink t-shirt. 
  • A little boy running gleefully down the hallway. When I remarked to his mother that he was looking better than when I had examined him earlier, she told me it was my patient’s twin. They were identical.
  • A cross dressing relative who had the entire ED unsure whether to address him or her as a she or a he.
  • A consult who wore capri scrubs (which I didn’t know existed) along with combat boots. Perhaps the most interesting sartorial choice I saw all week. 
  • An X-ray of runner’s arm after she tripped on a root. I didn’t know bones could go in that many directions. 
  • A beautiful little four-year-old girl whose coat cost more than my entire wardrobe, including the bridesmaid dresses I’ve purchased. 
  • Another set of twins, girls this time, dressed in identical little shirts, skirts and patterned tights. When I examined them, they were even wearing the same underwear. Past adorable in three-year-olds. 
  • A mom with 20 month old triplets, about to pop with their little brother. My hat is off to you, Mom. 
  • Several children who were so cute and so well behaved, I thought about taking them home with me. Their parents probably would have been sad, though, so I treated them, and then sent them home with their Mommies and Daddies. But I *thought* about it. 
  • Also, I made this soup three times this week, after I got off shift. THREE TIMES. 

This is a suprisingly and amazingly simple tortilla soup to  make. I haven’t made one before, although I’ve consumed gallons of it, because I assumed it would be impossible to quickly and easily make a tortilla soup I thought was worth of eating. Boy was I wrong. This soup is simple, flavorful, and perfect for a quick meal. We’ve kept the stock in our fridge for the week and we can heat it up as we need a meal.

I’ve rewritten the original recipe to reflect exactly how I’ve made it, but the techniques and ingredients are more or less the same.

Feed Others: If you want to make this a bit more substantial, serve with some shrimp ceviche and a rich spoonbread on the side, and complete the festive feel with some Mexican strawberry lemonade.

Diana Kennedy’s Tortilla Soup
Adapted from Diana Kennedy via Sooooo….Cal.

5 tomatoes
1 teaspoon minced garlic 
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
6 sprigs of cilantro, chopped
2 quarts chicken stock
2 cups corn kernels (optional)
Optional toppings: tortilla strips or chips, avocado, lime, chicken, sour cream, cheese, jalapenos, fresh cilantro. 
Preheat your oven to 425. Cut the tomatoes into chunks and mix well in a baking pan with the garlic and oil. Roast the tomatoes until they are soft, have given up their juices, and the edges are just begging to char. 
Dump the tomatoes, along with their accumulated juices, into a soup pot, along with the onion and cilantro and cook over medium-high heat for 10 minutes. Using an immersion blender, puree the tomato/onion mixture to a rough, chunky paste. Add the chicken stock, bring a to a boil and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. If using the corn kernels, add now. 
To serve, place toppings of your choice in your bowl and ladle the soup base over the top. 
Soup base will keep, refrigerated, for up to a week. 

Every Friday, a group of women writers is blogging their way through 50 Women Game-Changers of Food – find more information, as well as a complete listing of who has participated and links to every recipe we’ve made so far, here

Mary of One Perfect Bite |Val of More Than Burnt Toast | Susan of The Spice Garden | Heather of girlichef | Miranda of Mangoes and Chutney | Jeanette of Jeanette’s Healthy Living | Kathleen of Bakeaway with Me | Sue of The View from the Great Island | Linda of There and Back Again | Barbara of Moveable Feasts | Deborah of Taste and Tell | Nancy of My Picadillo | Mireya of My Healthing Eating Habits | Veronica of My Catholic Kitchen | Annie of lovely things | Claudia of Journey of an Italian Cook | Alyce of More Time At The Table | Amrita of Beetle’s Kitchen Escapades | Martha of Simple Nourished Living | Jill of Saucy Cooks | Sarah of Everything in the Kitchen Sink

Posted from: New York

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3 Responses to Pediatric Emergencies (Diana Kennedy’s Tortilla Soup)

  1. MeghanM says:

    Love your photo at the top!!! Soup looks amazing. And I love all your ped. stories!

  2. H says:

    I like your paeds comments. They are more interesting to read than my textbook! Lol. What's for tea tonight? X

  3. Jeanette says:

    You are a busy lady! Love reading all these stories, and I would love a bowl of this soup.

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