Posts Tagged ‘soup’

Chill out with these Chill Soups

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In the winter there are few things as comforting and satisfying as a big bowl of hot soup, brimming with meat and root vegetables, a hearty soup with a slice or two of thick buttered bread is a winter favourite. But soup has its place on summer menus too. Chilled soups are healthy and delicious, and there’s something about a chilled soup that seems elegant and refined; a cold soup served on a sun-splashed patio usually elicits a murmuring of delight and even surprise. Maybe it’s because, as Canadians, when we think soup we usually think of the aforementioned hearty bowls of chunky, meaty winter soup, or have been inundated with images of children racing home to a steaming bowl of tomato soup, or vats of chicken noodle soup-Jewish penicillin-when someone goes down with a nasty cold. Chilled soups in the summer do not conjure up similar emotions, but simply delight us with bright, lively colours and fresh flavour Continue »



Customized Minestrone

As lemonade is to a hot summer day, so is a piping hot bowl of soup in the middle of January. And one of our favourite all-time soups is minestrone. One of the reasons it is our favourites is because of the multitude of varieties and variations on this beloved classic. Indeed, ask twenty nonnas for their recipe and you are likely to get twenty different recipes, and that is really what makes it so wonderful. Continue »



Cauliflower Power

“Do you like vegetables? I’ve always been fond of root crops but I only started to grow last summer. I happen to think the cauliflower more beautiful than the rose.” – Uncle Monty

Have you noticed the amazing cauliflower coming in from Ontario farms this fall? It must have been a good year for them, because I have never seen such huge, beautiful plants as the ones I have seen recently. Cauliflower, a cruciferous vegetable in the same family as cabbage, kale, broccoli and collard greens, is a great winter vegetable, and is at its peak of flavour right now. Continue »



The Greatest Soup Ever Made (I Can’t Believe It’s Vegan!)

keep it simple and be rewarded with a complex, delicious soup

Don’t let the word vegan scare you, this soup is quick, hearty and healthy, ridiculously easy and delicious. It definitely falls under the “less is more” category. You don’t even have to roast or peel the squash. That’s right! Leave the peel on, its delicious and cooks up silkily. Don’t get skeptical, Jamie Oliver leaves the skin on too. It’s true! Continue »



Use Pumpkin & Cranberries in New Ways

Dear Fiesta Farms:

Thank you for last week’s post about chutney. I’ve been thinking about the Thanksgiving dinner we are hosting for our friends and while I want a somewhat traditional affair, I thought we should mix it up a bit. We’re bored of cranberry sauce so are making a blueberry chutney, and we want a different dessert other than pumpkin pie. But what would Thanksgiving be without cranberries and pumpkin?! We don’t want to totally alienate the traditionalists. Can you help us out?

Autumnally yours,

Constance Continue »