Grateful for Soup

These past weeks have been extremely cold with temperatures plummeting to as low as -41c. On days such as these, I am always grateful to step into the warmth of the indoors. Dinner is a time to add to one’s warmth and I do this on many evenings by making a large pot of soup.

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Vegetable soup. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

My family and I enjoy eating vegetable soup. To make this, I put any vegetable I have into the pot: potato, parsnips, carrots, beans. If I have fresh coriander or parsley, that goes in as well when it is almost time to eat. When we have vegetable soup, I visit the supermarket and get a loaf of freshly baked bread at the bakery section: a favourite choice is a crispy baguette. My girls enjoy dipping their bread into the soup and allowing the bread to soak up all the juices. Delicious! The heat of the soup warms us from inside and makes us forget, for a moment, the freezing temperatures outside.

My favourite soup, however, is lentil soup. To make black lentil soup, I need half a day to cook the lentils until it becomes a creamy texture. Red lentils, however, cook faster. Last night I made a pot when I got home and by the time we ate, it was cooked to perfection. With this soup, no bread is required. Sometimes a little rice can be added – but often a large bowl is enough to fill a tummy.

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Red Lentil Soup. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

This week I am grateful that I know how to make a variety of soups. The knowledge definitely comes in handy on cold, winter days.

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44 thoughts on “Grateful for Soup

  1. We love soup – especially in the winter. Had a wonderful lentil soup on Sunday made with a pressure cooker – and leftovers are on tonight’s menu. Had a wonderful soup last night at friend’s home – and we are grateful for their fun and kindness.

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  2. Colline, I love soup too. I make a veggie soup and freeze it and pull it out as I need it. I use lentils, barley, beans, anything I have laying around extra. Your soup looks wonderful. Stay warm. Let’s hope for an early spring. ❤

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    1. We are definitely hoping for an early spring! Unfortunately I am unable to freeze the soup as my family eats most of it. The leftovers I take to school the next day for my lunch.

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  3. Soup and winter weather belong in the same pot! I used to make soup often when we lived up north, now quite rarely. Reading your nice post, I realize how strongly I associate soup with warmth on a cold day.

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    1. Soup is something I definitely do not enjoy on a hot summer’s day – or even in slightly warmer weather. I have not been converted to the idea of cold soups. Like you, I feel that soup should be eaten on cooler days.

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      1. yes, all year long is mmmmm – and do you have any tips for getting lentils nice and creamy? I know you are likely busy – so no hurry – just curious – 🙂

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        1. and now that i think about it – maybe you can just add the tips to whatever you were already going to share later when you share recipes for restless jo – so no hurry 🙂 ❤

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  4. Oh, I am always grateful for soup as well. I love vegetable and chicken soup. Those are my two favourites. Love your shots Colline. Now I’m hungry for soup. 😆

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