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.
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.
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.
What have you been grateful for this week?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015
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