When I saw this recipe for a chilled-spiced beetroot soup in the current (Jan/Feb 2011) issue of Pick n Pay‘s Fresh Living magazine I knew it make a great packed lunch for a warm Summer’s day. The flavours and vibrant colour would provide a welcome midday break and ensure I could forge ahead with the afternoon’s tasks.
- Chilled beetroot soup,
- some grapes and
- a mini Babybel cheese.
This lentil soup makes for a great midday meal. A sweet spicy twist comes from the addition of carrots roasted with lemon, cumin and a touch of cayenne pepper. It’s not going to win any beauty prizes but sure does deliver on the flavour front.
- Lemony roast carrot and lentil soup and
- a few strawberries.
Recently Cape Town became one of a handful of cities worldwide to endorse a weekly meat-free day. I’ve blogged previously about the Meatless Monday movement and my strange mental block when it comes to creating a meat-free meal on a specific day of the week. So I’m happy to follow the City of Cape Town‘s example and enjoy a few random meatless days a week.
This simple vegetable soup is a great vegetarian option for your chosen meat-free day. Cubed celeriac, carrot and any other vegetable odds and ends you’d like to make use of, cooked with lentils in a vegetable stock and served with a generous spoon of flavoursome pesto.
- Vegetable soup topped with a spoonful of pesto and
- a slice of olive ciabatta.
Awhile back Sigrid from Cooking and Eating with Polkadotcupcake and Marisa from The Creative Pot where chatting about Mexican food on Twitter. Their conversation escalated into a cheese slut confessional and the creation of the #cheeseslut tag. Soon bloggers started coming out of the woodwork (including myself) declaring their love for all things cheesy. Check out Browniegirl, Cook sister! and My easy cooking for more #cheeseslut posts.
This soup was my contribution to a weekend #cheeseslut cooking challenge and also to Mothers’ Day lunch. I made sure I had some leftover for lunch the next day too though.
- Broccoli and blue cheese soup,
- an avocado sandwich with red pepper and lettuce and
- an apple.
Here is my recipe for the soup
- 1l vegetable stock,
- 300g broccoli florets,
- 2 small potatoes peeled and cubed,
- 125g creamy blue cheese,
- 125ml milk
- Place vegetable stock, broccoli and potato in a pot, bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes or until potato is tender.
- Crumble blue cheese into pot, add milk and blend till smooth.
- Serve immediately with warm slices of toasted bread or croutons.
All I seem to want to cook and eat at the moment is pots and pots of warm soup, but some days I’m just too lazy for all the chop, chop, chopping. So when I see Justin Bonello on the TV telling me it’s OK to get a little help from Woolworths who am I to argue? I picked up a pack of mixed bean and vegetable soup mix, followed the on-pack instructions and added a smoked chicken breast from the Aphrodisiac Shack and in a few minutes had a lovely pot of yummy soup.
- Mixed bean, vegetable and smoked chicken soup,
- rye bread and
- a satsuma.
Have you noticed the seasonal change in the weather recently? In Cape Town the evenings have a slight chill to them signalling the onset of Autumn and I think that is the perfect excuse to create giant pots of warm and comforting soup. Like this Thai flavoured butternut soup I made last night.
- Thai butternut soup and
- two slices of muesli loaf from Knead.
Here is my recipe for Thai flavoured butternut soup.
- 1Tbsp coconut oil (I used the Kapruka brand that we received in our goodies bags at the SA Food Bloggers Conference)
- 2 medium sized onions (roughly chopped)
- 3 large garlic cloves
- 1.5kg butternut (peeled, seeds removed and cut into large chunks)
- 1.5ℓ vegetable stock
- 1 stalk of lemongrass (split in half lengthways)
- 3 dried limes leaves
- 200ml coconut milk
- 1tsp fish sauce
- a large handful of fresh coriander (chopped)
- the juice of half a lime
- Sauté the onions and garlic in the coconut oil until the onions are translucent.
- Add the butternut and stir-fry for a minute or two to coat with the coconut oil and brown slightly.
- Add the vegetable stock, lemongrass and lime leaves and cook for half an hour (or until the butternut is tender)
- Remove the lemongrass and lime leaves and then blend to a smooth consistency.
- Stir in the coconut milk, fish sauce, coriander and lime juice, bring to the boil and serve.
Makes approximately 9-10 servings
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