Apricot Red Lentil Soup

Apricot-red-lentil-soupA while ago I had “high tea” with a friend and her mother. (Hi N!) If you’ve never had high tea, I highly recommend it, it’s a great way to sample new foods and teas. One of the foods I instantly fell in love with was the red lentil and apricot soup. It sounds like a weird combination, but OMG it was delicious.

Sooo, I had to figure out how to make it. After much research and testing, I’ve come up with the recipe below. If you’d prefer a vegetarian version, feel free to use vegetable broth and omit the sausage. Both ways taste great. 🙂

Extras freeze well and can be reheated in a slow cooker on low.  Goes well with a bread roll.

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Quick Italian Wedding Soup

wedding-soupI love Italian wedding soup. I especially love it when it takes almost no time to make and can be prepped for later. I made two of these and froze them for later in the week.

In this version, I used a spicy sausage. Sausage is a lot easier to make than tiny meatballs, and I like the little extra kick, but you can use whatever type of sausage you like.

Goes really well with a soft bread roll. Continue reading “Quick Italian Wedding Soup”

Coconut Curry Soup

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This is hands down, no holds barred, the best soup I’ve ever had.  If you’ve never had Thai coconut curry soup, you’re in for a real treat.  It’s so easy to make and it’s incredibly flexible.  Aside from the curry paste and coconut milk, you can add or subtract whatever you like.  I highly recommend fresh lime juice, but bottled will do in a pinch.

For vegetarian versions – omit the fish sauce and use vegetable broth instead of chicken.  For low GI versions, either omit the rice or use brown or wild rice instead of white.  For higher protein versions, add cooked chicken and/or shrimp.

Goes well with a bread roll and a glass of sweeter white wine, like Riesling.   🙂 Continue reading “Coconut Curry Soup”

Roasted Red Pepper Meatball Soup

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Only about 200 calories per serving

This one turned out really well.  Roasting the vegetables first caramelizes their natural sugars and gives them a deeper, stronger flavour.  If you’ve never roasted vegetables, it’s really easy!  You just slice them into relatively equal thicknesses (about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch), drizzle a little olive oil on them, and stick them in an oven at 375.  While they’re cooking, you can work on the meatballs and the whole thing is done in about 30 minutes.

Goes really well with a dinner roll and a glass of red wine, like an Italian Sangiovese-Merlot. 🙂 Continue reading “Roasted Red Pepper Meatball Soup”

Roasted Beef Broth

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Like most things homemade, beef broth is so much better than the canned stuff you buy at the store.  I picked up some marrow and knuckle bones from the butcher, and four large bones made about 3 liters of broth after a lot of simmering and evaporation.

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Beef Barley Soup

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This is a great meal on a cold day, and very simple to make.  The only thing you have to watch is the barley.  Uncooked barley looks so small and innocent in the cupboard, but  swells up to 3 or 4 times its original size when cooked.  I used 1/4 cup of barley (about 1 cup cooked), and pre-cooked it a little before I added it to the soup.

Goes really well with garlic toast and a warm fireplace. Continue reading “Beef Barley Soup”

Roasted Chicken Broth

2016-11-28x-roast-chicken-brothHomemade chicken broth (also called chicken stock) is easy:  boil leftover chicken with vegetables, herbs and spices, then remove what shouldn’t be there and voila!  If you’ve never done it before, or if you’re looking for really, really good broth, this is the recipe for you.  It can be used as an ingredient (incredible mashed potatoes anyone?) or as a soup base.

I only buy chicken that comes with bones and skin.  Not only is it cheaper, but when I pre-prep the chicken for the freezer, I freeze the bones and skin separately specifically so I can make this.  Once the broth finished it freezes well too, or if  you’re experienced with pressure canning, it’s another good preservation technique. Continue reading “Roasted Chicken Broth”