Beer And Cheese And Soup – Oh MY!

January 12, 2010

Went for a run this afternoon and it was painful!

While I did run with my Twilight audio book on my iPhone – which was totally fun!!!!!!!!! – I had everything going against me:

  • 7 mile run just 48 hours ago (I would have liked more time but I had to seize the day)
  • FREEZING cold
  • Afternoon slump (I am always faster in the AM)
  • HUNGRY because I didn’t want to eat before I ran but it was really snack time
  • Thirsty!! I don’t drink enough now that I’m on my feet a lot all day
  • Oh, and I was on my feet all morning!

I was just going to do a short 4 miles but I ended up not wanting to cross a busy street and went on a loop that was longer than I had remembered. I ended up doing close to 6 miles and was grumpy by the end to get home and warm and fed! I was running 9:45 miles instead of 8:30-8:45 today. Lesson learned: good runs happen when you are primed to run!

Luckily my hero was scheduled to make dinner tonight and so I could catch up on emails and blog work while he prepped. He has been assigned one soup a week (that he chose from a soup cook book called The Soup Bible throughout my internship).

On the menu: Irish Ale + Cheese Soup!

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Recipe From Matt:

  • -3 carrots, 2 taters, 3 cloves garlic, sauteed in 1T canola with salt, pepper
  • -add half Tbsp of mixed thyme and rosemary
  • -add 1C chick broth and 3C water, bring to boil
  • -boil covered for 15 mins
  • -mash with masher
  • -add 3oz cheese and 1 beer
  • -grate cheese over serving

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Wish I could say this was fabulous, but it was just OK. A little too potatoey. We both agreed it could have used some CREAM but then it wouldn’t have been as light :) The cheese was awesome though, and the beer flavor was there. He used a homebrewed Irish red ale! It was still good though!

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He enthusiastically brought home a whole wheat sourdough baguette loaf for us to have with the soup. Crunch + chew!

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A bit later I felt kind of empty and decided on a healthy dessert – Oikos topped with a little Crunchy Coconut Granola, Biscoff and a few pieces of dark chocolate. YUM!

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We’re going up to bed soon – it feels so late! I haven’t gotten my full 8 hours two nights in a row and am determined to get them tonight. Hafta fold laundry and read some blogs first.

By the way: the best way to fall asleep – a soothing audiobook with headphones. It’s like mom + dad reading a story to you at bedtime! [I always have to rewind 5 minutes in the AM ’cause I dose off and miss the last few minutes :) ]


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1 BethT January 12, 2010 at 8:10 pm

I LOVE falling asleep to audiobooks. Very soothing.


2 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 12, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Delicious sounding soup! That is a great idea to RUN to your audiobook. Never thought of it!!


3 Lauren @ eater not a runner January 12, 2010 at 8:14 pm

I was just thinking about downloading some audiobooks! Great idea!


4 Estela @ Weekly Bite January 12, 2010 at 8:14 pm

I LOVE Beer & Cheese soup. The one I’ve had was called Guiness Cheddar Soup. It was amazing :)

Hope you get plenty of sleep tonight :)


5 Eve January 12, 2010 at 8:15 pm

I’m also so much more of a morning workout person! If I don’t go in the morning it just doesnt happen. Even though I find I usually have more energy later on in the day.


6 Molly January 12, 2010 at 8:17 pm

that soup looks yummmay!


7 ashleigh January 12, 2010 at 8:18 pm

I always have the worst runs when I havent drank enough or I am thirsty.

That soup looks delish… especially with cheese and sourdough!!!


8 Wendy January 12, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Sorry about the not-so-great run! It sounds like the odds were stacked against you. I’ve tried listening to audiobooks on runs, but I almost always end up switching to music, b/c it makes the run feel easier. That’s just me – I guess I need the tempo of the music to help me maintain my pace. That said, the best running books IMO are fast-paced mystery type stories. Or vampire-chase stories. 😉

I often fall asleep to my audiobooks, and miss HOURS of it b/c I fell asleep! You are right, it is very soothing. :)


9 Heather @ Side of Sneakers January 12, 2010 at 8:20 pm

I like the idea of falling asleep to an audio book–except I would probably keep listening and never fall asleep!


10 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) January 12, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Soup looks amazing! 😀

Good job on the run, even if it wasn’t *perfect.* Usually the “just okay” runs are what make the amazing runs even better. 😀


11 Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat. January 12, 2010 at 8:31 pm

wow! that soup looks amazing. I’m saving it in My Favorites for future reference. It’s a good excuse to buy beer too.


12 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 12, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Mmmm…well, that soup LOOKS wonderful! Sorry it was just “okay.”


13 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 12, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Can I ask– what setting is your camera on for these photos? They’re just lovely and SO clear!


14 Kath January 13, 2010 at 6:24 am

Canon XSI, Canon 50mm f1.8 lens, AV setting ~ f3.2 or so :)


15 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 13, 2010 at 7:40 am

Thanks Kath!


16 Jenn ( January 12, 2010 at 8:35 pm

I’ve never had beer and cheese soup but that sounds like an awesome combo! I’ll have to try it sometime. The bread looks divine!

You sure are a busy bee!! Bless your little oats. :)



17 Marisa (Loser for Life) January 12, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Mmm…what a delicious and comforting soup!

I haven’t thought about running while listening to an audiobook! Great idea :)


18 Alison January 12, 2010 at 8:40 pm

totally agree with you on having to be primed to run. i love to squeeze in workouts whenever possible but sometimes there are circumstances–being hungry, cold, etc that don’t allow for the most enjoyable workout. good that you went though. y’all are so inventive with your meals. even if it wasn’t your favorite, that’s good that you’re experimenting.


19 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope January 12, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Sorry the soup didn’t turn out quite as planned… it certainly LOOKS fabulous! :)


20 Annie January 12, 2010 at 8:44 pm

That soup looks yummy! I love cheese. How nice to have a husband who cooks!


21 Jenna January 12, 2010 at 8:46 pm

At least the bread looks great and crispy!!
Nice healthy dessert to end the day on!


22 Jen January 12, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Sometimes it’s okay to have a frustrating run so you can better appreciate the good ones!


23 Jamie January 12, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Glad you are enjoying Twilight (it’s addicting, isn’t it?) and I flew another airline (I’ll protect the guilty and not say the name haha) the other day and they had NO snacks on the plane. I almost died: why fly if you can’t enjoy a Biscoff? Have a good night!


24 Jenny January 12, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Holy cow! I never thought of downloading the Twilight series on my ipod to run to!! Definitley happening soon :)


25 Pat January 12, 2010 at 8:58 pm

I love falling asleep listening to a book or podcast. My MP3 player has a sleep mode so that I can set it to shut off in x amount of minutes. I have it set to shut off in an hour, that way I don’t miss much. If I’m listening to my iPod, I choose a podcast or something short.


26 Kristen @ Change of Pace January 12, 2010 at 8:59 pm

I’ve got to try that soup! I saved it so I can try it later this week!


27 Karla January 12, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Sorry to hear the soup was just “OK”
It sounds and looks amazing!


28 Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 12, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Yogurt has been my go-to basis for a healthy dessert lately. It’s soo good and creamy and the toppings are endless!! I like some pumpkin butter, chocolate chips, and sliced banana.. yum!!!

And sorry to hear about your run. Runs are definatly NOT fun when you just aren’t feeling it for whatever reason.


29 Shannon (The Daily Balance) January 12, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Kath, this looks amazing! love that cheesy goodness 😉

I’ve never used audiobooks, but I just might have to — sounds like a great way to power through a elliptical session! Do you order them online? Have a preferred site?


30 Kath January 13, 2010 at 6:25 am

I found a way to get them through my library!! I have to wait for them like you’d wait for a book on loan, and on your computer they have a 21 day limit before they self destruct, but once you DL them to your iPhone or iPod you have them for life. and Amazon both have them too. I know there are more sites but they cost.


31 Paris Food Blague January 12, 2010 at 9:28 pm

so cozy looking…..i’ll have to try it. what kind of cheese? cheddar?


32 Kath January 13, 2010 at 6:26 am

It was a New Zealand aged cheddar


33 The Local Cook January 12, 2010 at 9:31 pm

DH is a homebrewer too – might have to give this recipe a try!


34 Meg @ Be Fit Be Full January 12, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Sourdough is the BEST bread to have with soup! Sorry to hear your run wasn’t that great, but at least you got out there and did it :)


35 Sharon @ What Is Sharon Doing Now?! January 12, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Good for you going to be; I should be there too.

Surprised the soup wasn’t amazingly delicious because it looks like it!


36 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now January 12, 2010 at 9:43 pm

I just can’t fall asleep with any noise for some reason. Good job on your run, even if you were grumpy!


37 amanda January 12, 2010 at 9:52 pm

That soup looks super good. BTW, before a run I would eat a kashi go lean bar and I would be okay to where it wouldn’t mess me up since of its low glycemic value.


38 Lisa @bakebikeblog January 12, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Congrats on your run – it certainly sounds like the ‘elements’ were against you :(
Man that soup looks interesting….shame it was not quite spot on in the flavour department…


39 Naomi(onefitfoodie) January 12, 2010 at 9:54 pm

beer in soup=sounds perfect!! :) I am sure it was delicious with the home brew AND fresh bread. nice job on the run even though you werent in your element. the dessert sounds perfect to round out the meal!!


40 Erin January 12, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Soup is the best winter meal ever — I could eat it for every dinner and be happy until about April. 😉


41 Penny January 12, 2010 at 10:00 pm

I can’t believe the soup wasn’t fabulous. It certainly looks the part.
Your snack looks even better.


42 Lesley Lifting Life January 12, 2010 at 10:04 pm

I have yet to ready or watch any Twilight … am I completely missing out??

P.S. Cheese soup?? Fabulous! 😀


43 Gretchen January 12, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Book series is great… movies ok, but lack a lot of detail that the books capture.


44 Christy January 12, 2010 at 10:14 pm

crunch + chewy is the best combo ever! 😀


45 Karina (Like Some Cat from Japan) January 12, 2010 at 11:00 pm

That soup looks GOOD. I love the lighting with the candle and all. It looks very romantic.
You photography amazes me!


46 Chelsea January 12, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Beer and cheese soup sounds so good. I like falling asleep reading a real book :)


47 Katherine January 12, 2010 at 11:15 pm

That soup looks incredible, and I’m sure it’s made even better b/c it used a homebrew. So sweet!


48 Gretchen January 12, 2010 at 11:39 pm

The Twilight Series is soooo addicting! The movies don’t even compare to the books!


49 Mandy @ University Cooking January 12, 2010 at 11:41 pm

That soup looks fantastic :)


50 Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen January 13, 2010 at 12:12 am

dessert looks divine…and i just told my husband about the soup and he got excited. i think i know what i’ll be making sometime next week 😉


51 lynn (The Actors Diet) January 13, 2010 at 12:58 am

i don’t drink alcohol but i love the idea of beer in my meals.


52 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] January 13, 2010 at 1:57 am

It would be hard to do a low-carb diet in your house. Your bread always looks to die for!


53 Leo @ Cupcakes In Paris January 13, 2010 at 2:05 am

The soup looks FANTASTIC! I sure wish my husband could cook like Matt!


54 christie @ honoring health January 13, 2010 at 6:29 am

I love audio books for my long commute. I love multi tasking 😀


55 Joanne January 13, 2010 at 8:35 am

I hardly ever detect the beer flavor when it’s used in recipes. I’m not sure what it does – maybe it acts on meat proteins? I’m pretty sure it’s not just for flavor although you were lucky to detect it in your soup. I looks good anyway, even if it was just so – so.


56 Erin January 13, 2010 at 9:20 am

Bad runs make the good runs even better! Everyone has their off days but at least you got out there instead of skipping it!


57 Barbara(Blood, Sweat and Heels) January 13, 2010 at 9:45 am


It looks VERY tempting!



58 Ash @ Good Taste. Healthy Me January 13, 2010 at 10:10 am

Wow that soup looks positively divine!! I was bummed to hear it was just average…although I do love my potatoes so maybe I’d love it! :)


59 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale January 13, 2010 at 10:10 am

I’ve been looking for a good beer cheese soup recipe… that’s not too, too heavy! Do you think it just needed more seasoning or something? I think its always hard with potatoes because they definitely mellow things out, flavor-wise.


60 Jenn@slim-shoppin January 13, 2010 at 11:31 am

It’s too bad the soup wasn’t as awesome as you had hoped, but I do like that combo!

And, even though your run wasn’t great, you still got out there, so you’ve got that going for you!


61 Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life January 13, 2010 at 11:40 am

The soup looks amazing :)


62 Holly January 13, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Might have to give this soup a try!


63 Ginger Johnson January 13, 2010 at 6:48 pm

The Soup Bible has all kinds of great recipes (I have it as well) – to follow exactly or to use for inspiration. Cheers!


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