Friday, 31 January 2014

It's Soup Weather

As I write this the sky is leaden, the rain is hammering on the window, our gas fire is battling against those inevitable 'old-house' drafts and I have the light on in the middle of the day. This is when my thoughts turn to soup.

If there's one thing more comforting than eating soup, it's making it. I like to have a freezer full of the stuff. My usual variety is a root vegetable free-for-all. When the kids lived at home they called it Mum's Orange Soup. If you're reading this now, Dear Offspring, these days my Orange Soup is a little more sophisticated.

A few weeks ago I bought a large bunch of coriander leaves from the greengrocers. I really should make a proper shopping list before going out because I then had to decide what to do with the stuff. Obviously I made carrot soup, loads of it, but I know from experience that if you freeze carrot soup with chopped coriander leaf in it, the coriander goes black, tasteless and disgusting so I had a plan. I called for kitchen assistance:

Enter far left: Mr A.

We chopped up all the coriander leaves, divided it into ice cube trays, topped them up with cold water and froze them. I trialled it this week. I defrosted one of my many pots of carrot soup and popped in a coriander leaf ice cube. Perfect! Still green. Lovely perfumed flavour. Result!

If anyone isn't sure how to make carrot soup then you're very welcome to have my recipe, such that it is. It's all very similar to every other soup I make in that nothing is weighed or measured and it begins by frying a couple of onions and several cloves of garlic in with a splash of olive oil. I then add loads of carrots and one potato for the consistency. I season with smallish amounts of ground coriander, ground cumin and ground chilli. I add vegetable stock so that it just covers the vegetables and I simmer it for half an hour. I swoosh it with one of those stick blenders and that gives me a very thick carrot soup. I freeze the thick soup and add milk to it when it's defrosted. I also now, of course, add one or two coriander leaf ice cubes. You can squeeze the juice of an orange into the soup but I prefer it without.

What's your favourite soup recipe? 

Do please share and if it's not orange I'll make it next time one of the kids come to visit. That'll surprise them!

17 comments:

  1. Hi Ros .. that sounds delicious ... and I've seen those ideas for ice-cubing herbs .. but have yet to do it: now I might try! Vichysoisse (now I can spell it!) ... simple but oh so good with some herby-garlic bread ... and I love lettuce soup in the summer ... but thinking it about it borscht too ...

    Well I could go on .. but I'll enjoy whatever soup is put in front of me ... and you are right it is the weather for soup ... and lots of bread, with some cheese to finish off with and some fruit ..

    Have a fun housebound weekend! Cheers Hilary

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    1. I've never tried lettuce soup. That wouldn't be orange!

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  2. Sounds divine, Ros. And yes, just the day for soup. My favourite winter soup is leek and potato soup. It's very creamy and quite yummy with some grated cheese on top!

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    1. I can't get leek and potato soup to taste of anything. I like the idea of cheese on top though.

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  3. PS I love your new profile photo. You look so happy and pretty!

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  4. I bet we could do that with any herb. Anyway, it's been cold and rainy in Florida, too.

    Hugs and chocolate !

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  5. I love making egg drop soup. It's real easy, broth, eggs, soy sauce, and a bit of honey. Mmm.

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  6. Great idea using the ice cube trays! Your orange soup sounds delicious. My mom and grandma both made wonderful matzo ball soup. We always split up the holiday duties, so I concentrated more on the brisket, and side dishes. Maybe that will be my next cold weather project, though it's far from gourmet. BTW, I also love your new profile picture!

    Julie

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  7. Sounds delicious. I too love making soup and my favourite is pea and ham. So simple and great with warm crusty bread. And yes, it's been cold enough these last 2 months for soup here too!

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  8. I adore watercress. In fact I'm planning to make some tomorrow. Also love pea, leek and apple which has a hint of sweetness. Not keen on coriander but carrot and ginger is lovely and warming. Now you've made me want to make that too!

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  9. I could feel the warmth. I like minestrone soup. I've never made soup, but I admire the effort involved. Yum! Stay warm

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  10. Sorry to hear of the continued bad weather there. Any soup is great for me as long as I can dip heavily buttered bread in it!

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  11. Sounds wonderful Ros. You have more in common with Alice than you know...She has a wonderful allotment. I don't think they have brought any veg or fruit in years.

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  12. My sister always calls tomato or carrot based soups 'orange' soups too :)
    I love making/eating soup too! My favourite is from the Xmas turkey carcass with all the veggies and spices thrown in.

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  13. As a non-meat eater, I find this to be an alternative to chicken soup to boost the immune system.
    Spinach Soup
    Saute 2 cloves of garlic, small onion and celery stalk (or a leek) and chopped up medium potato in olive oil. Add two cups of vegetable stock and 3 oz spinach. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add another 3oz spinach just before blending to keep a nice green colour, season with black pepper and finish with a swirl of pouring yoghurt or cream.
    It works for my family.

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  14. I left a comment here ages ago but I must have been on ipad and its just vanished,grrhhh!! I love home made mushroom soup but hubby doesn't he prefers minestone. I'm goping to try your soup it sounds good.

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