Monday, January 28, 2013

Simple Vegetable Soup

Last week was a week of reunions and meet ups, met some old friends and some not so old.  One of these friendships was made over a pack of Doritos, followed by a pack of Cheetos (this was lunch). We spent the entire day talking and munching, by the end of the day we knew almost everything about each other, that was 15 years ago. Nothing has changed and we still have the same capacity to talk,  hours fly by like minutes and there is always more to share and talk about. There are always some crazy joke that we laugh about and I don't think anyone else finds it funny. Handbags, shoes, politics, a bit of philosophy, new recipes 'n stars on food network, Michelle Obama's bangs ....we covered it all. Am sure people were relieved, when we left after lunch, we have some capacity to jabber. A girl thing, right!... I can't imagine my other half spending hours chatting about nothing in particular and being very happy about it. Ah ! the joys of womanhood! I will not have it any other way ! There are some people who just make you comfortable, even though you do not meet them very often....just like food ! Some foods are just comforting and bring you home - to who you are. No rules, no reservations !  I love this soup, it is such a warm hearty soup that fills me up and just makes me feel good !( and low on calories :)) Thank God, for good food and great friends :))

11/2 cup of vegetables of your choice - finely diced

I always add celery, spring onions plus other vegetables - what ever available.

2-3 cups vegetable stock

2 cloves

2 garlic cloves crushed

fresh ground pepper

1/4 tsp vinegar

1/2 tsp soy sauce

1/2 tsp finely chopped fresh ginger

salt to taste

2-3 tsp cilantro finely chopped

1/4 tsp chili oil - optional

Cheese to garnish or serve cheese with bread, a soft cheese like brie goes very well with this soup.

Blanch the vegetables, mix in with the broth, add clove, garlic and ginger, bring to a boil. Add the vinegar, soy sauce, let it sit for 10 min  - serve with bread of your choice. Garnish with cilantro and chili oil. This soup is great for fighting colds !! The ginger and clove really help clear those sinuses.

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  1. Sounds like you had loads of sun Simi, Good Food, Great Company and interesting topics of conversation ;) what more can you ask!

  2. Drooling here ....awesome clicks..

  3. That's just the way with friends! Time flies, memories shared and hugs exchanged:)
    Loved the soup and how easy it is to make and healthy and enjoyable.
    The pictures are wonderful and I am bookmarking this to make for an evening meal this week.

  4. Nicely explained.. love the clicks

  5. Delicious and colorful soup. Loved this preparation.

  6. Delicious easy soup, I would love to have on winery nights.

  7. Making a soup had been on my mind for few days now...urs is really tempting me. I have all the ingredients on hand!


  8. just what i need with the dipping temps!

    will try.


  9. Wow....likes hot & yummy....:-) :-)


  10. Excellent cliks & super inviting soup!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Cornr

  11. Delicious & healthy soup, looks fantastic! Tempting clicks! Thanks Simi for visiting me and for your sweet words. Happy to follow you :)

  12. healthy and yummy soup.. good for dieters

  13. An homage to friendship and comfort food!! Amen!! Who says Diamonds are a girl's best friend...when we have access to such beautiful friendships which nurtures and moulds us for better ;)

    Well written and lovely clicks. will prepare and make a toast to many more years of friendship!

  14. A beautiful runny soup with bread and butter. This is how we enjoy dinner these days!

  15. Thanks guys !!

    Anonymous - cheers to many more with a bag of Cheetos :))

  16. will definitely keeps me warm, love to have a bowl of this healthy soup.

  17. I can steam in one pic..amazing !! I have a soup here today as well..Urs look so tempting than mine :)


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