Thursday, December 29, 2011

Love Soup

Anyone who knows me knows I love to make soup. I love to eat soup and of course I always make too much but that's o.k. because I love to share soup too. So much to my joy and surprise, one of my favorite cookbook authors, Anna Thomas, has come out with a new book all about my favorite thing....soup. You might remember her first cookbook which was one of my most loved vegetarian cookbooks that came out in the late seventies and I still use to this day "The Vegetarian Epicure" Well  I just got my copy of "Love Soup" in the mail and I have been pouring over the recipes trying to decide which one to make first. I think that the Green Soup with Ginger is the winner. It sounds exotic and tasty. I wish all my friends were close by so I could invite you over to try some but you will just have to go out and get your own copy and make it yourself! This book is a treasure.So go forth and make soup!! The following photo and recipe was borrowed from - thanks Heidi.

Green Soup with Ginger Recipe

I made my own tweaks to Anna's soup, and my version is as follows. The main difference was that the soup was so pretty after cooking (see photos), that I decided not to puree mine at the last minute. But I did puree the leftovers (also delicious!), just a different soup altogether. It's up to you really. Anna also mentions that she sometimes adds a bit of miso or tamari at the very end to deepen the flavor, but you should add it sparingly, and taste as you go.
1 large yellow onion (250g)
2 tablespoons (30 ml.) olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt, plus more to taste
1 large sweet potato (12 ounces; 350 g)
1 large leek, white and light green parts (5 ounces; 140 g)
1 bunch spinach (8 ounces; 225 g)
1 large bunch green chard (12 ounces; 350 g)
3 tablespoons (30 g) chopped fresh ginger, plus more to taste
2 cups (500 ml) good-tasting vegetable broth
2-4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
freshly ground black pepper
Chop the onion and cook it slowly in the olive oil with a sprinkle of salt, stirring now and then, over low heat until it is soft and golden, about half an hour.
Meanwhile, peel and dice the sweet potato and put it in a large soup pot with 4 cups (1 liter) water and a teaspoon of sea salt. Thoroughly wash the leek, spinach, and chard, chop them coarsely, and add them to the pot, along with the chopped ginger.
Bring the water to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer the soup, covered, for 30 minutes, or until the vegetables are completely tender. Add the caramelized onions when they are ready. When the vegetables are soft, add the vegetable broth (you can add less if you like a thicker soup) and decide whether you want your soup chunky, like this, or smooth. If the latter, puree the soup in a blender, in batches, or with an immersion blender until it is smooth.
Stir in 2 teaspoons of the lemon juice and a few grinds of black pepper. Taste, and correct the seasoning with additional salt or lemon juice.
Serves 5-6.
This recipe was adapted from Love Soup by Anna Thomas. Published by W. W. Norton & Company; September 2009. For those of you who want to get books signed, Anna is visiting quite a number of California book stores throughout October and November, more info here.

Prep time: 10 min - Cook time: 30 min

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