Foodbuz 24×24;Soup, glorious soup!

by Sunita on November 28, 2010

It is cold, very cold, outside, in our parts of the world, with temperatures dipping well below freezing point and white fluffy stuff falling gently from the sky. It’s time for all those colourful woollies to be taken out , time for huddling under warm duvets, for the heating to come on. But, it is also time for rising heating bills, of slippery grounds, reports of skidding cars, scraping snow/ice off car windscreens, blocked roads, vulnerable people brought down by the severe weather.

The first snowfall of our season

Yes, as soon as one steps out of the house, the face is struck with a sudden rush of coldness. Based on the above circumstances, your experience, as soon as you step outside, may be that of happiness or the opposite. But, whatever your mood, the minute one steps back inside the house, a bowl of hot  and hearty soup seems to make everything so much better. The feeling of warmth that flows through the body emanates a radiance and heightens ones spirit. So, when I was chosen to participate in the Foodbuzz 24×24, I instantly knew what I wanted to share. Yes, I wanted to share the same radiance and pleasure that a bowl of hearty soup can bring during these cold winter months, if you are in the Northern hemisphere. Of course, those residing in the other half of the world can save the list to bring to their rescue when the temperatures start to drop in their parts of the world. But, then again, if you are like me and are ready for a lovely bowl of soup, whatever the weather, then, good for you!

It’s been soup nights very often in the past few days. Although newer combinations come up every now and then, it’s more often the tried and tested ones that are resorted to for a quick and healthy weeknight dinner.

Roasted butternut squash, tomato and leek soup ( thick, creamy, slightly tangy )-

Whats’s needed-

2 leeks, washed and finely sliced
3 tomatoes, with slight vertical incisions on them
1/2 a medium sized butternut squash, peeled and chopped
1 tsp crushed red chillies
1/2 a head of garlic, placed in a piece of foil, drizzled with a little olive oil and wrapped
2 tblsp Italian seasoning
Olive oil for drizzling + 2 tblsp extra
2 tblsp sour cream
salt +freshly ground pepper to taste
2C (more or less) hot water

How to-

  1. Pre heat the oven at 180 deg C.
  2. Place the tomatoes and squash on a baking tray. Add the chillies, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Drizzle olive oil and rub in. Place the wrapped garlic on a corner of the tray.
  3. Place the tray in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake till a knife easily passes through the squash pieces. Remove from the oven and keep aside. Peel the cloves of garlic and squeeze out the soft cloves from within.
  4. Heat the 2 tblsp of olive oil in a pan and add the leeks. Stir till they soften.
  5. Add the squash, tomato, garlic and leeks into a blender and puree.
  6. Place the puree in a pan over heat. Stir in about 2C of water and bring to a boil. Check the seasoning and stir in the sour cream. Add more water if necessary.
  7. Serve hot with some crusty bread.

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Salmon and mixed beans soup

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Spicy desiree potatoes and leek soup

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Lamb and butternut squash stew

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Vegetables and pearl barley stew

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Roasted butternut squash soup

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Chicken, rice and vegetable stew

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Split red lentils and vegetables soup

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Roasted butternut squash, red peppers and leek soup

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Chicken, noodle and vegetable soup

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Beans and vegetable stew

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Minced lamb, vegetables and rice stew

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Chicken sweetcorn soup

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Mixed beans and lentils broth

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Carrot soup with star anise

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Chicken – spaghetti soup

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Now, here’s a collection  accompaniments to your bowl of soup for that something extra (breads,savoury scones, savoury muffins, crackers)-

Tomato, garlic and cheese swirls

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Spiced and herbed oat bread

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Cheese, mint and nut swirled bread

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Feta cheese, carrot and walnut bread

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Vegetables and feta swirled bread

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Cheesy, rye and tomato bread

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Garlic and cheese rye bread

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Spelt bread

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Broccoli and carrot buns

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Cheesy dal bread

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Cheesy corn bread

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Potato and rosemary scones

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Roasted pepper and garlic scones

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Spinach, coriander and carrot scones

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Butternut squash scones

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Carrot and tomato muffins

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Goats cheese and sundried tomato mini muffins

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Feta cheese and cumin crackers

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Coconut crackers

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There you go! These should be enough to keep you going through the winter and warm you up. Bon apetit!

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ivy November 29, 2010 at 10:22 am

WOW! x 24! Great post. This is an amazing display of soups and bread! Thanks for sharing. :) Maybe you would like to check mine as well.

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2 torviewtoronto November 30, 2010 at 2:42 am

delicious soups perfect for anytime

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3 Courtney November 30, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Wow, what a gorgeous post! It seriously made my mouth water! I will be bookmarking several of these recipes. Thanks so much! :)

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4 claudia lamascolo aka pegasuslegend December 1, 2010 at 12:24 am

I love soup these are all fabulous congrats!

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5 Sanjeeta kk December 1, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Love the picture of snow flakes. Very useful post shall bookmark it. Thanks Sunita for putting this up.

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6 Priya December 1, 2010 at 6:10 pm

oh wow…lovely post..so many soups…time to get busy…..

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7 Jayasri December 2, 2010 at 9:35 am

Hi sunita, lovely post with beautiful clicks.., definitely very cold here, need soup at this time of the year.. lovely recipes thanks for sharing

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8 Stella December 2, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Wow, I’ll have to bookmark this page and slowly work my way through your huge soup collection! It will last all winter, it seems!

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9 Lisa December 5, 2010 at 6:40 am

Wow, all of this food looks fantastic. Wintertime would be a joy if I had all of your warm, comforting soups to help ward off the chill. By the way, I’m holding a giveaway on my blog for Orglamix Organic makeup and you’re welcome to come by and enter. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2010/12/orglamix-organic-mineral-makeup-review.html

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10 Heather December 13, 2010 at 3:13 pm

WOW! What a totally amazing collection of soups. They look wonderful.

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11 Donna Marie Antoniadis December 21, 2010 at 3:40 am

Wow – your soups look wonderful. On a cold night I wish I any bowlful of your soup!

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12 Jen January 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Wow! The soups and breads look delicious! What an undertaking, you truly hit a home-run with this one.

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13 Mina Joshi January 11, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Wow…What a selection of soups and breads.

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14 Suzanne January 12, 2011 at 5:11 am

Wow, all those soups look wonderful, I want to try out so many but especially the salmon one!

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15 Deborah Dowd January 31, 2011 at 4:07 am

What a great post- you pictures are just amazing- I can’t wait to try some of these!

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