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 thought on “A simple corn chowder

  1. 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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