Do you love soup? I most certainly do, however my hubby is not a fan of soups so a lot of the time, I will have a soup for breakfast and or lunch, sometimes I make a really thick & chunky soup & I tell my hubby it’s a “casserole” 🙂
Soups were a regular occurrence in our household growing up & Mum used to make us the most delicious lamb, barley & vegetable soup. My guilty pleasure was a tinned tomato soup served with cracked pepper, crumbled feta & fresh basil leaves! Now I just make my own tomato soup from fresh tomatoes, it only takes about 10 mins in the Thermomix & is so delicious! Anyway because winter is normally the best time to enjoy soups & I wanted to share some of my favourite recipes, to give you some inspiration & ideas.
Tomato soup only takes 15 mins to make & you can pimp it to taste even better – like adding pepper berry oil & or feta cheese!! YUM!!
Obviously start with the best fresh ingredients you can get, making your own stock will give you the best flavour or using some stock paste that you make in the Thermomix. You can make veggie, chicken or beef stock paste very easily, these recipes come with your Thermomix and are so handy to have in your fridge or freezer to give a flavour boost to any soup or casserole. They have a lot of salt in them to help preserve them & to bring out the flavour of your dish. The Thermomix is so perfect for making soups, everything in the one bowl, the chopping, sautéing, cooking, stirring & then pureeing.
Quirky Cooking’s Coconut Lemon Chicken Soup This is my go to soup is anyone is feeling slightly unwell, so quick easy & nourishing & I always love squeezing lemon juice into most of my soups too! (Plus I’m so excited that Jo Whitton from Quirky Cooking loved my photo of her soup so much she bought it to use on her website!) The other very popular soup recipe by Jo is her Creamy Chicken & Brown Rice Soup, put this on your winter cooking list if it isn’t already!
George Calombaris’ Pumpkin Soup with Virtual Bacon Dust from In the Mix Cookbook by Dani Valent. This is my favourite Pumpkin Soup recipe by far, so creamy & delicious. I even leave the skin on my butternut pumpkin because the Thermomix is so awesome at blending it all up. The Virtual bacon dust is made from toasted & caramelised sesame seeds with brown sugar & Japanese stock powder (dashi) I also made it replacing the dashi with dried porcini mushrooms & it was still just as yummy.
For an awesome roasted pumpkin flavour. I also love roasting a pumpkin whole along with some sweet potato, onion & garlic still in their skins. Once they have cooked you can remove the skins if you wish & then add some of your favourite stock & maybe some cream or coconut cream, once you have cooked it all then puree till smooth.
Peter Gilmore’s Cauliflower Soup from In the Mix 2 Cookbook, in the book it is served with seared scallops & fresh truffle, but it is still absolutely amazing even with out the scallops & truffle. Even just using some truffle oil & or truffle salt if you have it, will take it to the next level.
My beetroot soup recipe is coming soon, I use fresh beetroot, fennel & cabbage and serve it with homemade yoghurt & horseradish with a bit of smoked salmon if you want to make it a bit fancy for guests.
I love the smoky spicy flavour of chorizo & any recipe that has it is as an ingredient is always so delicious – This is the Mexican Black Bean & Chorizo Soup another awesome recipe by Jo Whitton from Quirky Cooking.
Another chorizo soup I love is with chunks of chorizo, kale & sweet potato YUM!
In my minestrone soup, I use as much veggies from the garden as I can, I loosely use Jamie Oliver’s recipe (I leave out the pasta) & it’s delicious with or with out some parmesan cheese on top!
Spicy Moroccan Lentil Soup – This recipe is in the cookbook that comes with your Thermomix so quick easy & tasty!
The pea soup from The Devil of a Cookbook is also amazing & speaking of peas – how good is a pea & ham soup too?!
Venison Pho Style Soup
Soups are hearty, healthy, nourishing & soul warming, they can be a little bit posh or simple & quick. The main thing is they taste so good, like anything you make from scratch!! Happy Thermomixing Everyone 🙂
I’ve currently been in home quarantine for 7 days, so I’m halfway through after cutting my holidays early leaving Brisbane last week. My state (Tasmania) had just put in place that anyone returning to the state from overseas or the mainland had to self quarantine for 14 days as a precaution in case any of us had the Covid-19 Virus to stop the spread of this virus to the community. I like to remain positive so I have been keeping a diary on Facebook of what I’ve been doing & I have just loved cooking my way through the week.
I’m now in my 8th day of home quarantine and despite having a long list of things I have needed to do at home for quite some time, (I am very skilled at procrastinating!!) I have been watching some awesome, inspiring and fun live videos on instagram and facebook by some of my favourite Chefs. So I thought I would share my list so far and please let me know if you have anyone else to add to the list – I haven’t gone out of my way to search for these they came up on my feeds and I have started enjoying them and may be slightly addicted!! (I have barely watched netflix etc)
eloiseemmett.com has live cooking workshops with her kids about 3 times a week – visit her website to see what is coming up & you can even cook along – once I get some more ingredients I can’t wait to make some of the recipes!!
Massimo Mele has been sharing videos of his son cooking with him too and has more coming out soon.
UPDATE: I completed my 14 days in home quarantine only to continue into home self isolation. So not much has changed. I am unable to continue working at the gym and even though the gym is doing live stream classes to our members the Bodybalance class I teach has strict copyright laws, so members are still able to do all those classes on the Les Mills on Demand App and so am I. I am fortunate to be able to exercise at home even though it is not as much fun & my motivation is a bit low. I have a few bits of pilates equipment at home too so I have been enjoying a stretch on the roller too. We are allowed to go out to exercise and maintain social distancing and have no more than 2 people together (unless you have more than 2 in your immediate family). I try to go to my local dog beach once a day so my dog can get some exercise too and I take off my shoes and walk on the sand and in the sea water. It has always been my happy place and now even more so. I have had most of my food delivered and we are allowed to go out for essentials while maintaining social distancing.
Everyday I have a routine take a photo of the sunrise, go for a walk on the dog beach with bare feet & paddle in the water (as long as it is good weather). Choose cookbooks of the day to read – 1 non Thermomix cookbook and 1 Thermomix cookbook or cookidoo collection, I post these on my instagram stories and on my Facebook page. They are chosen in relation to facebook memories or what is going on at the time. Of course morning coffee, breakfast, lunch & dinner are very important parts of the day. Checking social media & posting food pics throughout the day. watching any live cooking videos that are on during the day and cooking along with any of the cookalongs. Saturday nights is virtual happy hour with my friends and Sunday nights are virtual family dinner night. There have been some great positives to come out of this time. I have slowly been ticking off a list of things I have always wanted to cook, some have been great and some not so great!! It is all part of the adventure.