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Post by lynsosaurus » Thu Oct 11, 2007 4:59 pm

I just made a lovely soup, as we're getting visitors tonight and I wanted to make something nice in case they're hungry when they get here. It's got red lentils, some chicken stock, cumin, leek, carrot and a tiny wee bit of turmeric in. I just realised that we have some ginger in the fridge, which would have made it even better, but I'm a silly bugger and I forgot.

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Post by miss deepfreeze » Mon Oct 15, 2007 7:08 pm

i've got a couple of soups on the go tonight, for lunches and stuff.
one is plain old leek & potato, and the other is roasted butternut squash and parsnip. i think i'll whack some thyme in that one, and some apple cider vinegar.

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All Day I Dream About Soup

Post by knibbles » Thu Oct 18, 2007 8:04 pm

For the last week all I have eaten is soup. I'm all about soup, I'm going to turn into soup. I never used to like tomato soup but now I do and I have made it my life work to eat tomato and basil soup all the time. I have eaten Co-op tomato and basil soup three times in a row and although the texture is excellent, the soup is let down by being too salty. Today I tried Tesco tomato and basil soup. ALERT ALERT BAD SOUP ALERT. I'll tell you what it was like, it was like this; It was runny red water with sugar in and big lumps of onion. Big massive onion buggers that need a good chew. I couldn't have been more furious. NO NO NO. Terrible soup. The only thing keeping me going now is the thought that I still have Morrissons, Sainsbury's, Marks and Spencer and Asda (I don't have high expectations for this one, not after the rancid Asda chicken debacle of 1999) tomato and basil soup to try. Does anyone want to talk about tomato and basil soup too? I have had it for my tea every night this week and I am still very enthusiastic. I'm not even joking, every night. I even turned down a jerk chicken tea, which usually rates in my top ten teas, in order to continue with my tomato and basil soup adventure. I just hope I don't have so much tomato and basil soup that I start to go off it, like what happened with toasted cheese sandwiches.
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Post by humblebee » Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:23 am

Wetherspoon's do a tomato and basil soup. I haven't had it. But it's organic don't ya know. Go and have some for lunch knibbles, and report back here afterwards.

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Post by a layer of chips » Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:40 am

You can make a really lovely soup with some passata, garlic, water and Henderson's Relish. Simple, but bastard lovely.

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Post by crystalball » Tue Oct 23, 2007 10:22 am

I had loads of squashes and carrots so I made a soup last night which turned out great. Yay!

5 carrots
2 small squashes (or 1 large)
2 tomatoes (or half a tin)
1 large onion

I browned the diced onion and added the diced carrots, squash and tomatoes and let them brown for a bit as well. Then added some vegetable stock (enough to cover the veg), some Henderson's Relish, tomato puree, various herbs (oregano, parsley, things like that), salt and pepper and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. Then I used the hand blender to make the soup smooth (it needs to be quite thick, so no bits), added some more stock and then some nutmeg and let it simmer in low heat for another 15 minutes. I added more Hendy's, a little bit of butter and a couple of spoonfuls of creme fraiche before serving. It was brilliant.

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Post by crystalball » Sun Nov 04, 2007 2:43 pm

I made curried squash soup today and it was the most perfect thing I've ever cooked.

I roasted a whole squash (cut in half) for half and hour, fried two leeks and an onion and added the scooped insides of the squash to those, cooked one sweet potato and two carrots for five minutes in vegetable stock and then added everything together, let it simmer for 10 minutes adding the juice of one orange, then seasoned with cumin, cinnamon, ginger, salt and pepper and used the hand blender to smooth it all before serving.

I wish I'd made tons of it now because I bet I'm never going to get it so right again.

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Post by humblebee » Sun Nov 04, 2007 4:09 pm

Hot damn. That sounds unspeakably gorgeous.

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Post by caramarydaisy » Sun Nov 04, 2007 4:31 pm

i love making soup, its dead easy and pretty difficult to go wrong. it has to be blended, ALWAYS, because im dead funny about textures of food, bits eurgh.
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Post by roobee » Sun Nov 04, 2007 4:33 pm

crystalball wrote:I made curried squash soup today and it was the most perfect thing I've ever cooked.
That sounds magic. I'm going to make it tomorrow.

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Post by lynsosaurus » Sun Nov 04, 2007 5:44 pm

Woah! I think I might make that tomorrow as well. It sounds amazing.

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Re: All Day I Dream About Soup

Post by Woodbine » Sun Nov 04, 2007 6:36 pm

knibbles wrote:For the last week all I have eaten is soup. I'm all about soup, I'm going to turn into soup. I never used to like tomato soup but now I do and I have made it my life work to eat tomato and basil soup all the time. I have eaten Co-op tomato and basil soup three times in a row and although the texture is excellent, the soup is let down by being too salty. Today I tried Tesco tomato and basil soup. ALERT ALERT BAD SOUP ALERT. I'll tell you what it was like, it was like this; It was runny red water with sugar in and big lumps of onion. Big massive onion buggers that need a good chew. I couldn't have been more furious. NO NO NO. Terrible soup. The only thing keeping me going now is the thought that I still have Morrissons, Sainsbury's, Marks and Spencer and Asda (I don't have high expectations for this one, not after the rancid Asda chicken debacle of 1999) tomato and basil soup to try. Does anyone want to talk about tomato and basil soup too? I have had it for my tea every night this week and I am still very enthusiastic. I'm not even joking, every night. I even turned down a jerk chicken tea, which usually rates in my top ten teas, in order to continue with my tomato and basil soup adventure. I just hope I don't have so much tomato and basil soup that I start to go off it, like what happened with toasted cheese sandwiches.
I've just had the M&S tomato and basil. I wasn't sure at first as I'm not a fan of large bits of tomato in my soup, but they weren't particularly chewy and I would say that on the whole the quality of the soup improved as it went on.

Really though I am a cream of tomato fan. Normally I stick with Heinz but last week I had a Baxter's cream of tomato soup which also included basil. Where most non-Heinz cream of tomato soups fail to come up with the goods, this one made a most valiant effort.

Perhaps we should enlist people to try the other brands of tomato and basil soup, and post their reviews. Personally I think you were brave for trying the Co-op version.
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Post by caramarydaisy » Tue Nov 06, 2007 3:45 pm

caramarydaisy wrote:i love making soup, its dead easy and pretty difficult to go wrong. it has to be blended, ALWAYS, because im dead funny about textures of food, bits eurgh.
i think i must have jinxed myself by saying this cos i tried to make a soup with this soup mix (lots of dried lentils and peas and vegetables) but it turned out like wallpaper paste, really gross :(
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Post by lynsosaurus » Tue Nov 06, 2007 4:18 pm

crystalball wrote:I made curried squash soup today and it was the most perfect thing I've ever cooked.

I roasted a whole squash (cut in half) for half and hour, fried two leeks and an onion and added the scooped insides of the squash to those, cooked one sweet potato and two carrots for five minutes in vegetable stock and then added everything together, let it simmer for 10 minutes adding the juice of one orange, then seasoned with cumin, cinnamon, ginger, salt and pepper and used the hand blender to smooth it all before serving.

I wish I'd made tons of it now because I bet I'm never going to get it so right again.
I made this yesterday! It didn't turn out quite the way I expected, but that's because I used lemon juice instead of orange, and it went a bit sour, so I added more cinnamon and cumin to try to counteract that. But it's still lovely.

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Post by susanb » Tue Nov 06, 2007 5:16 pm

I'm going to make some carrot soup (mainly just lots of carrots a couple of potatoes, onions, and maybe some corriander or orange juice) when I get home, and if they have any squashes and sweet potatoes in the shops on the way home I'm going to give Crystalballs curried squash soup a shot too. It's got really cold here now so it's definitely soup weather. I'm going to be having soup for lunch all week!

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Post by squirrelboutique » Tue Nov 06, 2007 10:30 pm

What's stilton? Is that at all cheddary? If so, I just placed an order for just such a soup from the deli down the street.

Fucking hold on a minute.

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Post by squirrelboutique » Tue Nov 06, 2007 10:37 pm

I think I knew Stilton was bleu/blue/bloo. There's an English pub near my university that served it with crackers and chutney and shit.

That's an interesting sounding soup. I may attempt to make that.

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Post by humblebee » Wed Nov 07, 2007 3:55 pm

crystalball wrote:I made curried squash soup today and it was the most perfect thing I've ever cooked.

I roasted a whole squash (cut in half) for half and hour, fried two leeks and an onion and added the scooped insides of the squash to those, cooked one sweet potato and two carrots for five minutes in vegetable stock and then added everything together, let it simmer for 10 minutes adding the juice of one orange, then seasoned with cumin, cinnamon, ginger, salt and pepper and used the hand blender to smooth it all before serving.

I wish I'd made tons of it now because I bet I'm never going to get it so right again.
I just did something a bit similar. But as well as roasted squash it had roast parsnips. And not carrots. And instead of cumin and cinnamon it had chilli and coriander. I put a tiny bit of tomato and Hendy's relish in as well, just to sweeten it up. It's bloody lovely!

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Post by schlump » Thu Nov 08, 2007 1:18 pm

that soup sounds amazing. i don't know if it's a bit ambitious for me ... i've never even touched a squash before. ALSO: hand blenders are great, and ALSO: soup accompaniament of choice: bagel.

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Post by Woodbine » Sat Nov 10, 2007 12:50 pm

More news from the pre-bought soup front - the Covent Garden Spicy Parsnip one is lovely. I think it might be one of their sodding limited edition ones though, which is a bit shite, those are always the ones I like, and then they disappear.
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