Category: Soup Recipes

Pumpkin Coconut Soup


Something odd has happened lately: all I want to eat is Asian influenced dishes. Growing up in Vancouver this isn’t wildly surprising since examples of excellent food from every imaginable Asian locale is available. I have sushi on the regular, I frequent a hole in the wall Thai place but usually, especially at this time of year, I’m roasting hunks of meat and root vegetables, basting and braising and using more rosemary than seems sane. For whatever reason, maybe the chilly, foggy, damp-to-soaking weather, my palate is all about the hot, sweet, salty, sour of Asian cuisine. (more…)

Cream of Tomato Soup with Savory Scallion Biscuits


Double recipe post! Why not?

I was feeling nostalgic and needing an excuse to make a batch of biscuits the way my mom used to: all in one blob on the pan, cut into mismatched rectangles when they came out of the oven, not too buttery but so much better with soup than bread or crackers. So what did I do? I made soup.  (more…)

Chorizo, Kale and White Bean Soup


… and just like that, it’s the New Year. Amazing how time flies, isn’t it? Even harder for me to believe is that later this month this blog will have it’s third birthday! What an experience it’s been. I know I’ve said it before, but really, I can’t say it enough: thanks for stopping by and reading. I hope you enjoy these posts even a fraction of how much I enjoy making them.

Since it’s the new year, I decided to make some blog-centric resolutions:

1) More variety of recipes!

2) Branch out, away from just recipes, while maintaining the integrity of a recipe blog

3) More posts, more often

4) More collaboration and guest bloggers

One thing that I hear from people after they have commented on the blog and said nice things about it is “I didn’t realize you were a vegetarian?”

Ummm, I’m not. Not even close.  (more…)

Rustic Potato Leek Soup

The thermometer is dropping, kids. Time to break out the scarves or maybe even some gloves. There’s an autumn snap in the air and here in Vancouver, the mountains got dusted with snow for the first time this weekend. Eeeee! I love fall.

photo credit: Andrew Smith 2012


Celeriac Soup

How can it possibly be May already? This year seems to be zipping past at an unprecedented rate. As always in life there is so much to do and so few hours a day to do it. I am happy to say, however, that we have our garden 95% planted and tiny shoots and sprouts are emerging from the soil, promising us a vegetable filled summer.

One of the things we planted this year that we have not grown before (and in truth, know very little about) is celeriac. Our little celeriacs are months from maturation but most green grocers around here will carry celeriac for most of the year making it an accessible addition to our usual arsenal of ingredients. Considering we now have them growing in the yard, a taste-test with a store bought one was needed. After some careful peeling I simmered it until tender, added some other flavours and blended it to a smooth, light soup. Upon first taste I was glad we had planted them and I will be giddy to pull our home-grown celeriacs from the ground and cook with them later this year.

If you have never tried it, I would recommend you do! Don’t be put off by its rugged appearance. Celeriac is easily one of the ugliest root vegetables in the market stand and it may be lumpy and gnarled but it is simple to cook with and absolutely delicious. It has a slightly starchy quality to it and a mild, sweet flavour that is quietly potato-like yet reminiscent of celery and even when cooked it keeps it’s clear, bright flavour. I can’t say that I’ll be able to wait for our small crop to be ready before I make celeriac soup again. I have also heard it makes great baked ‘fries’. Hmmm …I’ll try that this week.

Celeriac Soup

6 C of peeled, cubed celeriac from 1 medium/large bulb

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

3 ribs of celery, chopped

½ tsp Kosher salt

1 tsp olive oil

1 tsp butter

4 C chicken (or vegetable) stock

juice of ½ a lemon

1 C white wine

1 C cream or whole milk

In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter into the olive oil. Add the onions, garlic and celery. Cook until softened and fragrant; add the celeriac, salt, lemon juice and stock. Cover and cook at a gentle simmer for 20 minutes or until the celeriac is very soft. Transfer the vegetables and cooking stock to a blender or food processor (or use an immersion blender) and blend until very smooth. Over the pot, pass the mixture through a fine mesh sieve to eliminate any lumps or vegetable fibres. Add in the wine and cook for 5 minutes at a simmer. Add the cream and bring the temperature back up (about another 5 mins). Check seasoning. Serve hot.