Posts Tagged Soup

Nettle Soup

Posted 12 June 2013 by
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I think it’s always fun to cook with free food taken from the garden, and especially food you have foraged from the hedgerow. Stinging nettles are versatile and can be used where you would use spinach or other greens. They are very nutritious, containing decent amounts of iron, calcium, vitamin A and vitamin K. After the success of my nettle and thyme bread, I decided to try nettle soup. It tasted good — nettle doesn’t have a very strong taste; it’s quite earthy I suppose, and not dissimilar to spinach.

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Cantaloupe and Ginger Soup

Posted 26 May 2013 by
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Cantaloupe and ginger soup. This is a bit out of my comfort zone. I’ve never made cold soup before (not sure that I’ve even ever eaten it) and I really wasn’t sure about soup made from fruit. There was a cantaloupe melon in the fruit basket, getting very soft, and for some reason “cantaloupe soup” popped into my head. I knew google wouldn’t let me down and it turns out that there are lots of recipes. This is adapted from a few that I came across.

I was somewhat dubious about how this turned out, but it was fresh and delicious. Sweet, but not too sweet to serve as a starter at dinner. It would also be good as a light summer lunch.

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Celeriac and Apple Soup

Posted 3 December 2012 by
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This celeriac and apple soup follows on the heels of last month’s plain old celeriac soup, and is using up some of the apple harvest. This recipe comes from Angela Hartnett on the Guardian website. I’ve never used apples in a soup, but their sweetness goes well with the earthy er… celery-ness of the celeriac, and the flavours balance really well.

A bowl of celeriac and apple soup

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Celeriac Soup

Posted 9 November 2012 by
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The celeriac (aka “celery root”) is a strange-looking beast. Be not afraid though: lurking beneath the gnarly exterior is a distinctive earthy, creamy flavour. It’s not unlike celery, although not nearly as evil. It’s perfect for autumn/winter soups. This simple recipe is from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage series.

Celeriac, leek, onion, potato and garlic on a chopping board

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Carrot and Orange Soup

Posted 22 March 2011 by
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At my former job there was a canteen, and in that canteen they served soup every day for lunch. Occasionally, they served carrot and orange soup. It was always a good day when carrot and orange soup was on the menu. It’s quite a summery soup, especially if you blend it up at the end. I couldn’t find a recipe for this in my soup book, so I just kind of made this up. the exact measurements don’t really matter, but the orange flavour is quite strong, so taste as you go and add just enough orange juice.

A white bowl full of carrot and orange soup

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Broccoli and Stilton Soup

Posted 26 January 2011 by
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Carrying on this month’s soup theme, we have broccoli and Stilton soup. Of course you can use any blue cheese you like, or omit it altogether for a milder soup. The amount of Stilton in this recipe though is not overwhelming and it by no means overpowers the other flavours. If you really like blue cheese, crumble a bit more on top to serve.

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Cauliflower Cheese Soup

Posted 18 January 2011 by
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It’s National Soup Month (in some other country) and to carry on the soup theme, I thought I’d try cauliflower cheese soup. I love cauliflower and am in complete disagreement with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall who has long been known to slag it off (although nowadays I hear he has reformed). Yes, cauliflower can be a little bland mild, but I refer to think of its flavour as a subtle sweetness. It goes brilliantly with a sharp cheddar in cauliflower cheese so why not make a soup out of that comfort-food classic, to produce an even more soothing, nourishing dish? (You won’t even have to chew it!) This soup recipe is adapted from one by Richard Guest in Soup Kitchen.

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Leek and Potato Soup (Jamie Oliver recipe)

Posted 12 January 2011 by
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Apparently January is national soup month (in the US presumably, but never mind…) It’s great because everyone’s trying to eat a bit more healthily but it’s still so cold (for us Northern hemisphere types) that we want something hot, nourishing and comforting. Soup is perfect. Since I had such success with Jamie Oliver’s turkey and leek pie, I decided to try his recipe for leek and potato soup. It makes quite a brothy or country-style soup, which tastes absolutely delicious. Ideal for lunch or a light supper, with some nice bread.

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