A simple corn chowder

Corn chowder made with seasonal and local produce

It seems that I was all alone in an apartment in New York city just a little while ago.  Now life seems like it is bursting at the seams with a growing family.  I always have company for a walk or a talk.  Even my five month old baby appreciates a good stroll with Mommy in the baby carrier.  “Aye” he goes, lifting up his chin and beckoning to me “hmmmm.”  “Booo” I respond.  When things are at their craziest, with a loudly bawling three year who just can’t understand why Daddy has to go to work each morning or a fussy baby who refuses to settle down despite what seems like hours of rocking, I think longingly of my small and quiet space that had a window box for herbs and a hand-embroidered coverlet with fat pink roses on my bed.

This soup, with fresh corn, carrots, onions, potatoes and garlic from the farmer’s market is simple and unfussy – no stock and no heavy cream, and quick, one-step cooking. It’s full of old memories such as the discovery of fresh summer corn  at my local farmers market.  I stand at the counter and run my knife down the sides of the bright yellow, succulent ears of corn and think of those empty swathes of time when I wondered when my life would change.  The kernels are round and juicy, and yield a sweet crunchy taste with a burst of corn milk in my mouth.  I think of how the change in my life is here now, with the plump baby cheeks, soft downy head, chattering toddler and busy, bustling husband.  I throw all the chopped vegetables into a pot with a pat of butter (butter is a must), add 2-3 cups of water and bring to boil.  Cook until the vegetables are soft, puree about half the soup in a blender.  Add the puree back to the whole pieces in the pot, season with salt, garnish with chopped flat-leaf parsley or cilantro and serve.  A little milk can be added for additional flavor, but it is not a must.

And finally, yes, after all the musing, how I wouldn’t change any of it for anything in the world.

Potato, carrot, corn, garlic, onion and sprig of cilantro

One Comment Add yours

  1. Rima says:

    just warms my heart reading it devika – pun intended:). i really do have to try this recipe out. maybe i just need to move in with you for a visit and get totally inspired:)

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