When I hinted to my wife I was thinking of publishing a 5th volume of Musings devoted to food, she asked “is explodey soup in there?”.  A legendary entry in our family’s food lore, I never had occasion to blog about it.  I explained it to my English teacher Mrs. Pharriss, but not every exchange with her turned into a post.  Since I’m on a soup kick, I thought what the hell.

Here’s what happened.  On a Thanksgiving many years ago, all the Clarks were over.  I thought they deserved a soup course to lead up to their turkey.  I’d come across a recipe for “Golden Harvest Soup”, basically a squash soup – perfect for the season – with just a little fuss getting the squash from solid to liquid.  As with all family Thanksgivings, I was holed up in the kitchen cooking.  Kathy said I was so dedicated so I could avoid her family.  Maybe a little, but I like them better now.  The baked squash were ready for their transformation, so I began to stuff pieces bit by bit into the Waring blender.  The blender was a little balky on the transformation so I decided to help it along.  What harm can a little plastic spatula cause?  With the blender running, I stuck that spatula in, and it caught a piece, yielding “explodey” Golden Harvest all over my face, chest, and kitchen ceiling.  The assembled Clarks had a good laugh at their soiled chef and the story, but later enjoyed each their thimbleful of remaining soup, pronouncing it very tasty.  I’ve made this soup many times since -it’s a great soup – using a Cuisinart.  But to this day it remains “explodey soup”, asked for explicitly.

As John Gorka sang, “That’s how legends are made” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-qMLwhsSg8.  But maybe it doesn’t always begin with heroism and excellence.

Only a few will get the reference to ”explodey”. Sure, I stood there with squash all “explodied” over my face, but there’s more to it.  Kathy and I were big fans in the early 90s of “Ren & Stimpy”, a sick and hilarious cartoon series compiled by the deranged Canadian genius John Kricfalusi.  The first year and a half were otherworldly, then management pulled the show away from him.  But not before he created, among so many other characters, “explodey pup”.  He only appeared once, in a 2 and a half minute cartoon within a cartoon.  Ren Höek, the sleazy chihuahua, had created a cartoon to show to the mogul.  Lots of stereotypes were exploited, including the exit of the hero at the end.  “Explodey’s” name suggested he might have a problem, revealed only at the end when he finally accepted that kiss from his best gal, long suffering Poopie.

Here’s the conclusion

If you care to watch the whole 2:41 segment, here’s that https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZEszeuDxoQ

And here’s the recipe

Published by rike52

I retired from the Rheumatology division of Michigan Medicine end of June '19 after 36 years there. Upon hitting Ann Arbor for the second time (I went to school here) it took me almost 8 months to meet Kathy, 17 months to buy her a house (on Harbal, where we still live), and 37 months to marry her. Kids never came, but we've been blessed with a crowd of colleagues, friends, neighbors and family that continues to grow. Lots of them are going to show up in this log eventually. Stay tuned.

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