Pages Navigation Menu

Book Reviews, Author Features, Recipes & More... Now from Indiana

A Happy Birthday to Charles Darwin and A Recipe for Vegetarian Primordial Soup!

Born Charles Robert Darwin on February 12, 1809, he became a mild-mannered English naturalist who stumbled across a revolutionary idea and spent the rest of his life gathering evidence for it.

He worked tirelessly to understand and explain the beautiful idea that all living things being interrelated. How cool is that! Put that in your pipe and smoke it people! HAPPY 202nd BIRTHDAY DARWIN!

Host a Phylum Feast or just make yourself a batch of Primordial Soup, full of things good for you and yours!


(shared from website)

While there’s been widespread dispute about a February holiday in Canada, many naturalists around the world have independently come upon the idea of celebrating Darwin’s birthday (12 February), which is appropriately done with a meal made up of as many kinds of organisms as possible. Most of our day-to-day food comes from a small number of domesticated Vertebrates and Grasses, but by seeking out and identifying the diverse biotic sources of our diet in this meal, we remember our origin as omnivores, and our relatedness to other lineages.

We first heard the term “Phylum Feast” as a celebration at the end of Malcolm Telford’s Invertebrate Zoology course at the University of Toronto in 1972, and memorably participated in such a feast at the end of the U of T Marine Biology course at Saint Andrews, New Brunswick, in 1974 (Prof. Telford briefly recounted the previous history of the Phylum Feast at an English university, but we unfortunately don’t remember any of these details). We first marked Darwin’s Day with a Phylum Feast on Haida Gwaii in 1989, with a meal that included salvaged Minke Whale meat, smoked Turkey slices, pickled Herring, Soft-shell Clams, commercial escargot, shrimp, & Ostrich Fern fiddleheads, Onions, Rice, Pecans, and Spinach

Being that it is pretty hard to Minke Whale meat, and the fact that as a Scandihoovian I have been force-fed enough pickled Herring in my life the  easiest way to do this proper still keep it within the specifications for what makes it Primordial Soup is to make yourself some black bean soup! Right color, right amount of amino acids, right amount of protein and perfect on a winter day!

5 from 1 reviews
Primordial Soup (Black Bean Soup - Vegetarian Fare)
The key to any recipe claiming to be Primordial Soup is having a complete protein and high in amino acids!. This soup has black beans, one of the highest protein laden beans out there, and tasty to boot! Darwin would be proud!
  • 4 15 oz cans Black Beans (or you can soak your own over night)
  • 2 large Vidalia or Sweet Spanish onions, chopped
  • 2 green pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 6-10 cloves garlic, minced (depending on clove size)
  • 1 celery stalk, thinly sliced
  • 10 baby carrots, chopped
  • 2½ tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. Goya canned chipotle peppers
  • 2 cups Vegetable Stock
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  1. In a large Dutch oven (or large sauce pan), heat oil over medium heat; brown onions
  2. Add celery, carrots, green pepper and lastly, garlic.
  3. Combine all ingredients in the pan and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove 1 or 2 cups of the beans and blend until smooth in a blender (or use a hand blender right in the pot).
  5. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding salt, pepper, or garlic powder, to your taste.
  6. Serve over stirring rice or with tortillas and a spoonful of sour cream!
Time saving tip: The vegetables may be chopped in a food processor or blender to save time. If using a blender, fill the blender half way with cold water, add quartered vegetables and pulse until coarsely chopped. Drain.

This soup is even better then next day!

Lest we forget: This is also the 202nd birthday of Abraham Lincoln. And bravo for that, too!


Charles Robert Darwin. A copy made by John Col...

Image via Wikipedia

Enhanced by Zemanta


  1. This is a great post – and I love the images!

    I’m not sure about the Phylum Feast – on a trip to Holland a long time ago I didn’t fair very well with rollmops, let alone anything else. I’ll stick with the Primordial soup!

  2. Great tips and easy to read! Thanks for this fantastic post!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe:  

CommentLuv badge

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!