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Re: Soup!

Post by lynsosaurus » Wed Apr 30, 2008 16:49

now i think i might make some mushroomy broth tonight. i'm thinking either the mushroom/marsala one i posted a link to OR a lovely spicy thai one if one of you lot can provide me with an easy recipe.

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Re: Soup!

Post by crystalball » Wed Apr 30, 2008 22:48

humblebee wrote:1. Does anyone here ever make tomato soup? I've never even tried. It's just a soup that should always come out of a tin, isn't it?
Hardly anyone answered the Tomato Soup Question. Coincidence? I think not.

Homemade tomato soup is gorgeous! Here is what I put in mine: 2 tins of chopped tomatoes with the juice (or a combination of 1 tin and 3-4 fresh tomatoes), celery, onion, garlic, olive oil, tomato paste, thyme (go crazy on it) and salt and pepper. I use the hand blender at the very end and leave some chunky bits in so that it has some texture. <3

I'm scared of mushroom soup but that recipe from the BBC Good Food website that Lyns posted earlier looks great! I might give it a go. *whimpers*

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Re: Soup!

Post by lynsosaurus » Wed Apr 30, 2008 23:32

crystalball wrote: I'm scared of mushroom soup but that recipe from the BBC Good Food website that Lyns posted earlier looks great! I might give it a go. *whimpers*
i made it tonight! i couldn't get marsala, so i got some dry sherry instead, and i left out the pearl barley (because i couldn't be arsed with it). it was FUCKING GORGEOUS. it ended up a little too rich, though, cos of sherry+too much stock+too much tomato. but perfect with some crusty brown bread and butter.

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Re: Soup!

Post by Jeezy Creezy » Thu May 01, 2008 09:17

lynsosaurus wrote:now i think i might make some mushroomy broth tonight. i'm thinking either the mushroom/marsala one i posted a link to OR a lovely spicy thai one if one of you lot can provide me with an easy recipe.
Just putting fresh ginger chillies and coconut and lime or lemongrass to a simple broth should do the trick. Kaffir lime leaves are supposed to be authenticatey as well but I've never tried 'em.
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Re: Soup!

Post by Jeezy Creezy » Thu May 01, 2008 09:20

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Going home to have some spicy potato courgette and coconut soup I made that has a definate kick in it. think I'll take a photo of it too cuz it's kinda pretty.

Ended up having this at 1am with a couple of guests I invited up after the gig. Gave me momentary relief from the lurgy but one of my visitors turned quite pale at the spice content. My voice went a bit husky too. I fance thai broth too now.
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Re: Soup!

Post by schlump » Thu May 01, 2008 10:10

1. Does anyone here ever make tomato soup? I've never even tried. It's just a soup that should always come out of a tin, isn't it?
i've been making lots of tomato and pepper soup recently, and it's so simple that it almost seems embarrassing to tell anyone the 'recipe', with most of the ingredients being implicit in 'tomato and pepper soup'. i am still refining, and this is based on morrison's procurable ingredients (so, if you've got some really nice tomatoes, and are thinking, man, if only i had some of the cheap, plain salad tomatoes in the recipe - you can substitute), so it's all kind of vague:

fry up an onion and some garlic on the lowest heat.
roast seven or eight salad tomatoes with one big, red pepper, on one sixty or one seventy, for like forty five minutes or so. i usually do it in a reasonable amount of oil and with a couple of bay leaves nestling underneath. i've experimented with roasting the onion, too, although frying/sautee-ing? it for forty minutes on a really low heat gives the bonus of really flavoursome onions.
pour the roasted vegetables into the pan, with the oil and without the bay leaves, and after a five or ten minutes of medium-heat sizzling, blend, leaving hunks of tomato and pepper to taste. salt and pepper until arms are tired/seasoning runs out.

most of the soups i make otherwise are still variations on crystalball's squash-recipe: mmmm, but i'm going to branch out, and look up the instructions on incorporating coconut mentioned here before, by jc i think.

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Post by Jeezy Creezy » Thu May 01, 2008 10:33

Tomato and red pep is one of my faves to eat though never made masel' Will try your recipe this weekend methinks. The slow fried onions got me salivating.
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Post by lynsosaurus » Thu May 01, 2008 10:42

Jeezy Creezy wrote:
lynsosaurus wrote:now i think i might make some mushroomy broth tonight. i'm thinking either the mushroom/marsala one i posted a link to OR a lovely spicy thai one if one of you lot can provide me with an easy recipe.
Just putting fresh ginger chillies and coconut and lime or lemongrass to a simple broth should do the trick. Kaffir lime leaves are supposed to be authenticatey as well but I've never tried 'em.
smashin! i've got some kaffir limes leaves in the freezer and everything. i might try this at the weekend.

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Re: Soup!

Post by schlump » Thu May 01, 2008 11:48

Tomato and red pep is one of my faves to eat though never made masel' Will try your recipe this weekend methinks. The slow fried onions got me salivating
what with my limited culinary prowess, and my reliance on other people's recipes, i can't think of anyone having ever made anything based on my instructions. so, the pressure is on, and i am very sorry if it isn't so great. the thing i like most about it is that you don't need any stock. you're just eating the ingredients you put in.

and i forgot the basil!
add copious basil to serve.

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Re: Soup!

Post by humblebee » Thu May 01, 2008 11:56

One of the greatest soups I have ever had was a watercress soup, in a supermarket café in Keswick, Cumbria in 1992. I've got a little bunch of watercress in the fridge right now. Anyone got a recipe?

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Post by crystalball » Thu May 01, 2008 12:07

You could make a leek and potato soup and add watercress to that if you've only got a small bunch. Or just watercress and potatoes, with an onion and a couple of cloves of garlic. A little crème fraîche goes really well, as well as loads of pepper and nutmeg. Can I have some please? :)

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Re: Soup!

Post by Mr Bear » Thu May 01, 2008 12:09

I finally got a blender last weekend so I think I'll try making a soup some time. I'm quite excited at the prospect! My stepdad makes outstanding lentil & bacon and celery soups, so I think I'll get the recipes for them off him. I'll post them on here once I've got them.

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Re: Soup!

Post by Jeezy Creezy » Thu May 01, 2008 12:22

humblebee wrote:One of the greatest soups I have ever had was a watercress soup, in a supermarket café in Keswick, Cumbria in 1992. I've got a little bunch of watercress in the fridge right now. Anyone got a recipe?
I just sauteed me onions added the cress and and stock tehn blitzed when cooked. Watercress has such a lovely peppery flavour in itself you don't have to go all fancy on it but if you wanna add a dob of craime frais then who I am I do say otherwise? Oh and could you send me some when your done please?
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Re: Soup!

Post by Jeezy Creezy » Thu May 01, 2008 12:22

Oh! Put coconut in it!!
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Re: Soup!

Post by Jeezy Creezy » Thu May 01, 2008 12:25

crystalball wrote:You could make a leek and potato soup and add watercress to that if you've only got a small bunch. Or just watercress and potatoes, with an onion and a couple of cloves of garlic. A little crème fraîche goes really well, as well as loads of pepper and nutmeg. Can I have some please? :)
Sorry crystal ball I only read your post after I'd posted mine. Spooky. At least you know how to spell crème fraîche.
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Re: Soup!

Post by schlump » Thu May 01, 2008 12:26

this is a point for discussion (i don't have the authority for commandments, novice soupmaker that i am), but, with your new blender?, and all?, just in case it's like photoshop and you get it and then put LENS FLARE times a million on every photograph you've ever taken, even passport ones: don't over-blend. textural soup is where it's at.

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Post by humblebee » Thu May 01, 2008 12:42

Jeezy Creezy wrote:Oh! Put coconut in it!!
I must say I really don't hold with this, you know.

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Re: Soup!

Post by Jeezy Creezy » Thu May 01, 2008 12:49

schlump wrote:this is a point for discussion (i don't have the authority for commandments, novice soupmaker that i am), but, with your new blender?, and all?, just in case it's like photoshop and you get it and then put LENS FLARE times a million on every photograph you've ever taken, even passport ones: don't over-blend. textural soup is where it's at.
Textural soups give me the fear sometimes. Bleneded soups make me happy.
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Re: Soup!

Post by Jeezy Creezy » Thu May 01, 2008 12:50

humblebee wrote:
Jeezy Creezy wrote:Oh! Put coconut in it!!
I must say I really don't hold with this, you know.
I think it might just work... Just a teensy bit plus the creme fraiche.
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Re: Soup!

Post by humblebee » Thu May 01, 2008 13:37

Well, I don't have any coconut or creme fraiche anyway, so it's all scholastic. Pedagogic. Academic. Sorry.

It's just finishing now. I've basically made a leek and potato soup and stirred in all the watercress, chopped, at the end. I put a cup of milk in as well while I was liquidising it, just to try and get the richness. It was semi-skimmed though so it probably won't work.

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