Soup and Stew Recipes Brian Jones 2017-11-16T14:34:47+00:00
Soup and Stew Recipes!
If you ask me to define comfort food then I would probably point to any recipe on this page, as far as I am concerned a bowl of soup or stew is food to warm the heart… And do not think that these dishes are just for winter, there are a whole host of lighter broth based soups that are perfect for a summers day, just as comforting just a little lighter!
I love thai flavours, there is just something magical about the combinations of flavours that are pure magic, this Tom Yum Soup relies on all of the flavours you associate with that part of the world, lemongrass, kafir lime leaf, fish sauce and of course chili all feature in this soup.
Lets kick of October (how the hell did that happen) with a proper autumnal soup and more specifically a very British Broccoli and Stilton Soup. Regular readers will know that I have more than a slight fondness for soup!
The Italians just seem to own frugal, hearty, magical peasant food and this Ribollita is just another example of that, whether it is risotto or pasta, great Italian food is often cheap as chips to make and packs such an incredible punch of flavour.
This asparagus soup recipe really does call for something much more sedate and relaxed, it is warm and light and soothing and just well, very 'zen'. In fact so zen that it comes with a Japanese cherry blossom influence too.
I don't do a great deal of real 'fusion food' however this delicious Cauliflower Veloute with Turmeric Potatoes definitely falls into that category, with some pretty classical French ideas and techniques all give a little tickle with the Indian flavours I love...
Regular readers will know I am rather fond of a bowl of soup and like many of my soup recipes this beef minestrone soup is one I cook in bulk for myself and my wife to munch on for lunch through out the week. It will last 4-5 days if refrigerated, although it rarely lasts that long.
Let's face it the humble celeriac is one hell of a fugly vegetable, but behind the lumps and bumps of a colour so nondescript it defies description lies, in my opinion, the tastiest of root vegetables.
Rabbit definitely fell out of favour as a source of protein but once up on time it was really very popular and I am on a bit of 'wild' meat push at the moment and if this site does anything it is represent what I eat.
Mulligatawny Soup is my go to cold remedy, that and a hot toddy of course, this delightful Angle Indian soup is hot, hotter than the surface of the sun and almost all of that spice heat comes from the majesty of black pepper.
This Tuscan white bean and cabbage soup is a twist on zuppa Toscana, however my version turned much lighter and vegetarian years ago, gone is the bacon, sausage and double cream... Gone is the bacon, I can not believe I am saying that.
I'm back pushing the wild meat again today and this venison stew really is a wonderfully simple dish that tastes a million dollars. Just like my recent wild boar stew I am not aiming to convert people to using wild meats all the time, I'm just saying they are out there, they taste great and really they are not difficult to cook with at all.
Despite the rather glorious French name Provençal Soupe au Pistou really is a simple and homely peasant dish that I love dearly, a combination of seasonal roots in a vegetable stock lightly flavoured with tomato and finished off with a big punch of pesto or the French equivalent Pistou
Something a little new from me, not new to me of course just to my blog... We get access to some wonderful game out here in the Hungarian countryside and this wild boar stew is one of my very favourite Autumn and Winter stews.
This Chicken and chickpea soup with lemon sits perfectly as a dish at the end of summer, it has all the lovely citrus flavours to give hints of what is passing and the earthy chickpeas offer a note of what is to come.
I see a load of people cooking lighter meals in the summer but for me I work hard in often brutally hot weather in the summer so need need my food to be robust enough to keep me going but still light and fresh in flavour and Tomato and Orecchiette Pasta Soup is my idea of the perfect hearty meal that does not feel like a chore to plough through.
Hot and Sour Soup is a common place dish in Chinese restaurants around the world and a dish I adore and as odd as it may sound the best hot and sour soup I have tried was in a restaurant that we ambled on in Budapest.
I make no apologies for hitting you up with another soup, but this simple asparagus and pasta soup is a jolly good one and as it is ready in just 30 minutes it is exactly what is called for at this time of the year.
For some strange reason soups are often thought of as 'second class citizens' when it comes to cooking and I have no idea why, anything that can be as diverse and tasty as a bowl of simple consomme (despite all its complexity in making) or as big and bold as this chicken and shrimp soup should be celebrated as far as I am concerned.
My roasted butternut squash soup is a recipe that I developed to dispel the notion that I don't like all things 'pumpkin', for years the only exposure I had to squashes were nasty insipid and overly sweet pumpkin soups that pretty much made up my mind that I did not like pumpkin at all!
Minestrone soup for me is always an opportunity to use up seasonal produce and given that we are at the tail end of winter my winter vegetable minestrone soup is loaded with what ever vegetables we still have in our pantry.
This slow cooker Sauerkraut Soup recipe represents a new type of post for me, one where I have let someone else take the strain to a certain degree… As is fairly common I assume for someone who spends a lot of time thinking, eating, reading and writing about food I do read a load of other blogs and figured it is about time I road test some recipes I like the look of and ‘dish’ out some recommendations.
French Onion Soup feels like an old friend to me, I think it was one of the first dishes I taught myself to cook when I left home and went to college, it is a fabulously frugal recipe that pack a huge punch of flavour and is perfectly hearty and warming.
I have attributed my cauliflower soup recipe to the Pioneer Woman, I seem to have a niggling thought that the notion of using a white sauce the thicken a cauliflower soup came from something either on her site or attributed to her years ago.
I love curried parsnip soup and one of the great triumphs in our garden this year is finally the success of parsnips, a vegetable rarely heard of in Hungary, the relatively similar but definitely not the same parsley root rules the day out here and it just does not work in this type of soup!
Corn soup tends to come in the form of a chowder and whilst that is delicious I am still stuffed after spending 10 days eating out in Hungarian Restaurants with their very generous portions and hearty food style.
After 10 days of eating out in overly generous Hungarian Restaurants it was nice to settle down to a bowl of simple Hoisin Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner this evening, particularly as this style of food is one of my favourites
This wonderful light and summery sorrel and fennel soup is perfect for a summer lunch or a light dinner, substantial enough to make you feel like you have eaten but light and zingy (like that word at the moment) enough not to over load the senses.
Summer soup I hear you say, has this chap gone mad… Not at all, I think soup is one of the finest things to eat as far as I am concerned, it is so versatile, it can be simple, extravagant, cheap, expensive but one thing it always is and that is loving!
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