I bet you’re so sick of reading about cabbage soup that you’d be glad never to see another bowlful of hot, steaming, brothy vegetables ever again. Well, that’s too bad because I’ve got another version for you and this one’s got some Asian flair!
Yes, it’s April. Yes, it was snowing last week. No, it’s not yet time to put the soup pot in the back of the cupboard, so why not another version of cabbage soup. This one has a slightly more Mediterranean vibe than my Polish/Scandinavian version as it uses cannellini beans, rosemary and a bit of tomato paste.
The weather the last few weeks has been a roller coaster – sun and warmth, to freezing cold and snow, to chilly and raining. It doesn’t know what it’s doing and likewise our dinners have been a bit confused.
Break out the violins and get your hankies ready, this is the story of a dinner for one. I found myself on my own the other night and without any dinner. There were no suitable leftovers, actually no leftovers at all because it’s getting to that time of the month where we find ourselves using up frozen treasures and store cupboard staples. So there I was, alone and hungry with very few options beyond a handful of frozen corn and some canned tomatoes. All by myself, don’t wanna be…Ok, that’s going a bit far.
I think we can safely say that, even in my short life as a blogger, I have established my love for Asian flavors. The strange thing is, I don’t like ginger in any other guise – not in candy, not in drinks, not in cakes or cookies – but put it with some meat and a few vegetables and I’m singing it’s praises.
There is nothing than can cure what ails you like a steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup. This is pretty much made to my grandma’s recipe, at least how I remember her making it. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – right?
I obviously love soup, so here’s yet another. I will apologize now that most of the posts for the next couple months will be more on the healthy side, not that that means they’re not exciting and tasty – would I blog about anything else? Come summer though, there will be plenty of artery clogging, fatty goodness to wrap your taste buds around, so hang in there.
In the mean times of January and February though, we stick to cheaper, lighter meals which are satisfying and that we don’t have to feel to guilty about – mostly because on the weekends we tend to eat our weight in ‘bad’ food having dieted all week (a good balance, I think). This is one such Friday night dinner which we will eat convincing ourselves that it is offsetting any damage that might be done at the ale festival we will be attending from 10:30am tomorrow morning.
The two main ingredients in this soup may not be obvious bed fellows, but their union was inspired by a single person. One of my closest friends is from Poland and she has opened my husband’s and my eyes to the delights of Polish food. Cabbage soup is one dish which has become a staple in our house, especially at the time of year when we need to shake a few pounds loose.