If you can easily trace Stephen Hawking’s (Eddie Redmayne) theories of time and relativity, feel free to skip ahead to the recipe at the bottom. If, like the rest of us, you benefit from the relationship between space and quantum mechanics being explained by his doting wife Jane (Felicity Jones) with analogies of peas and potatoes, here’s something to do with them in the aftermath.
For both cosmologists and cooks alike the most elegant proofs are the simple ones. Hence this genial combination of soups is an exercise in restraint. Peas, potatoes, onion and chicken stock are key players in the roast dinners which punctuate the lives of the world’s most famous scientist and these silken purees. And then there’s the thyme. As an herb it adds a depth of flavor and woodland twinkle. As a topic, its punning pal (time) provides meaty fodder for a life of mental exploration.
Creating this supper could be seen as a gesture of devotion. Not quite the same as caring for a spouse stricken with ALS for 30 years, mind you- but it’s a fine expression of love nonetheless.
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