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Postby q » Fri Jan 23, 2009 8:27 pm

I've been making soup from scratch for a few days now. It's been a good so far. (Actually, it is much better the next day.)

Anyhow, right now it is spice-free.

Any suggestions on a spice or two that work well in a soup?
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Postby Dr. S » Fri Jan 23, 2009 8:32 pm

I like to add oregano, thym & parsley but it depends what you put in.

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Postby Jo-Jo » Fri Jan 23, 2009 8:37 pm

I often throw in a spoon of curry paste into a soup...I love spicey soups.
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Postby babysteps » Fri Jan 23, 2009 8:39 pm

I guess it depends on the type of soup.

Curry spices are nice in squash, carrot or sweet potato soups.

Thyme, oregano, basil are nice in tomato based soups

Many soups are improved by a shot of tabasco and/or worcestshire sauce.

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Postby Lonerunner » Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:28 am

Dr. S wrote:I like to add oregano, thym & parsley but it depends what you put in.

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Postby La » Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:52 am

It absolutely depends on what kind of soup it is! Rookies... :roll:
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Postby fe.RMT » Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:58 am

for cream soups, always a bit of nutmeg!
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Postby Jo-Jo » Sat Jan 24, 2009 9:00 am

La wrote:It absolutely depends on what kind of soup it is! Rookies... :roll:


this true...I just make soups that call for curry :D :D
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Postby Dr. S » Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:20 am

Lonerunner wrote:
Dr. S wrote:I like to add oregano, thym & parsley but it depends what you put in.

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What? Q is not allowed to call you? You know I'm not the one to be talking about cooking with. Baking yes, cooking NO!


hahaha I didn't want to talk about the soup LOL
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Postby La » Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:57 am

Jo-Jo wrote:
La wrote:It absolutely depends on what kind of soup it is! Rookies... :roll:


this true...I just make soups that call for curry :D :D

I think I'll make lentil soup today... with curry! :wink:

Actually, I don't think I have any curry powder, so I'll make it with Garam Masala (pretty close).
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Postby CAW » Sat Jan 24, 2009 11:47 am

La wrote:
Jo-Jo wrote:
La wrote:It absolutely depends on what kind of soup it is! Rookies... :roll:


this true...I just make soups that call for curry :D :D

I think I'll make lentil soup today... with curry! :wink:

Actually, I don't think I have any curry powder, so I'll make it with Garam Masala (pretty close).


Even better! I prefer Garam Masala to curry powder.

Mmmm, nutmeg, cinnamon, fennel, cardamom... :drool:
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Postby MINITEE » Sat Jan 24, 2009 12:10 pm

La wrote:It absolutely depends on what kind of soup it is! Rookies... :roll:


That was my though! :lol:

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I'm not much of a curry girl so I can't comment.

Tomato based stuff, I tend to use basil, oregano of course.

Mushroom soups, thyme.
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Postby La » Sat Jan 24, 2009 1:00 pm

Lentil soup is on the stove. It was super easy!

Sautee onions, carrot and garlic in butter/olive oil.
Add rinsed green lentils (dry)
Add pepper and Garam Masala
Top up with vegetable broth (to cover)
Cover and simmer.

ETA: since I used dried lentils, it actually needed a lot more liquid as they absorbed all the veg stock I'd put in. I just added more water (and a bit of salt) and it was great! Also gave it a blend with the hand mixer.
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Postby drghfx » Sat Jan 24, 2009 1:37 pm

Cold barley soup: don't add anything unless it is Corona and then you can add a slice of lime to taste. Your second/complementary course can be nachos. Bon appetit!

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Postby q » Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:33 am

La wrote:It absolutely depends on what kind of soup it is! Rookies... :roll:


I have no idea what you would call it....

Anyhow, the base stuff, are leeks, celery, onion, potato and garlic. That stuff cooks then blended together into a rather nasty looking base.

Then I add stuff like, corn, green beans, zucchini, smoked ham, carrots etc.



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Postby Scotty » Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:39 am

drghfx wrote:Cold barley soup: don't add anything unless it is Corona and then you can add a slice of lime to taste. Your second/complementary course can be nachos. Bon appetit!


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Postby BJH » Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:50 am

Q wrote:
La wrote:It absolutely depends on what kind of soup it is! Rookies... :roll:


I have no idea what you would call it....

Anyhow, the base stuff, are leeks, celery, onion, potato and garlic. That stuff cooks then blended together into a rather nasty looking base.

Then I add stuff like, corn, green beans, zucchini, smoked ham, carrots etc.



Thanks everyone for their comments and suggestion so far.


Are you cooking it in stock or water? Stock will add a bit more flavour to that mixture (although the ham will add some, too), as will thyme and a bay leaf.
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Postby La » Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:56 am

BJH wrote:
Q wrote:
La wrote:It absolutely depends on what kind of soup it is! Rookies... :roll:


I have no idea what you would call it....

Anyhow, the base stuff, are leeks, celery, onion, potato and garlic. That stuff cooks then blended together into a rather nasty looking base.

Then I add stuff like, corn, green beans, zucchini, smoked ham, carrots etc.



Thanks everyone for their comments and suggestion so far.


Are you cooking it in stock or water? Stock will add a bit more flavour to that mixture (although the ham will add some, too), as will thyme and a bay leaf.

Yeah, any type of dried green herb (thyme, basil, oregano, rosemary, bay leaf) will taste good with that concoction. Thyme would be my preference.

One other suggestion: make the leeks, onions, carrots and celery your base (i.e., sautee in oil until soft), add the stock and the potatoes at that point. Then blend, then add the other things (corn, ham, etc.). It will end up being sort of "chowder-y".
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Postby QuickChick » Sun Feb 01, 2009 12:41 pm

I just got an immersion blender yesterday, so I want to make soup today too! I may also make bread- I got a baking stone too. I'm thinking I will saute some onion and garlic, and add ham or peameal. Then I'll add some broth and cubes of sweet potatoes. When they're tender, I'll take out some chunks and blend up the rest with the blender, then add the chunks back in. I think I'll get some leeks to put in with it, and maybe throw in some rosemary too.
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Postby scrumhalfgirl » Sun Feb 01, 2009 1:20 pm

QuickChick wrote:I just got an immersion blender yesterday, so I want to make soup today too! I may also make bread- I got a baking stone too. I'm thinking I will saute some onion and garlic, and add ham or peameal. Then I'll add some broth and cubes of sweet potatoes. When they're tender, I'll take out some chunks and blend up the rest with the blender, then add the chunks back in. I think I'll get some leeks to put in with it, and maybe throw in some rosemary too.


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Postby QuickChick » Sun Feb 01, 2009 11:08 pm

Mmmm, the soup was yummy and the blender is awesome! The bread- yes I did make it- was about 10 pounds. :lol: Not bad, actually, but very DENSE! It was whole wheat with flax, sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds.
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