>I just got my wisdom teeth taken out yesterday. By evening, I was really hungry, in pain, and wanting to take my pills, which I had been informed out to be done with the aid of food.
This list of “good foods” wasn’t especially helpful. The things on it I can eat include mashed potatoes, cooked or canned fruits or vegetables, cranberry juice, and soft bread. I mean, I was well aware that I can eat way more than that, but I still found it a little disheartening. I guess “cooked  fruits or vegetables” is a broad category that contains most of what I eat, but still.
In spite of my fondness of smoothies, I’m not a big believer in just blending things arbitrarily–and right now I don’t especially trust the rest of my grinding teeth to do their job since it kinda sorta a little bit hurts to just bite down at all. This puts me back to “things that are, by their nature, supposed to be soft, creamy, blended, or mashed.”
Scanning the kitchen post-extraction, I saw the massive amount of starting to brown leeks and I knew what had to happen.
M.’s Post-Surgery Potato Leek Soup!
1 Large leek
1 red/orange/yellow (bell) pepper
3 cups water
1 cup almond milk
1 cube bullion
4 small potatoes
1/2 block tofu
One nice friend.
Step One: Take a hot pot and throw everything up to, but not including, the water
Heat pot. Clean and slice leek. Add oil to pot. Add leek to pot. Clean and slice pepper. Add pepper to pot. Clean and slice carrot(s). Add carrots to pot. (I was hoping the pepper and carrot would make it all a pretty color. I don’t think I quite used enough to accomplish this.)
Step 2: Add everything down to, and not including, the tofu.
Once the leeks are soft and maybe a little goldeny around some edges add the water, almond milk, and bullion. If you’re impatient like me, you can smash the bullion into pieces or use powered broth stuff. Or use broth instead of water. You get the idea. Add the potatoes. Wait impatiently until the potatoes are soft.
Step 3: Will it blend?
Throw the tofu in and turn the pot off. I used extra firm tofu because it was in the fridge. Take what you have and put it into a blender. Blend until smooth. If you used more carrots or pepper than I did, it will hopefully be a lovely orange color. Mine was not.
Now, here’s sorta where the pesto comes in. My tongue, still numb, couldn’t taste very much, so while I could get hints that it was super yummy, I couldn’t get that so well. I thought about adding salt, but just threw in a bunch of pesto we had. You can use whatever you want here to make it taste better. I recommend at least adding salt and pepper, but the pesto was great.
If you’re actually using this as a post-dental surgery option, then eat one large ladle/one small bowl of it and wait an hour before eating another since they recommend small/frequent meals over larger ones.
The nice friend is there to reassure you in your drug induced state of paranoia that you’re not actually dead, this is not actually some boring afterlife, that your tongue will stop being numb -eventually- (Note: It still is!), that even though no one is home, the house is not infected by some strange monster, and that he still loves you.
I recommend taking this opportunity, if you do not live alone, to put off cleaning up or asking your roommates to do it. If they’re like mine, they’re pretty nice over the whole thing.