Showing posts with label Soups. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Soups. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Pumpkin and dried pea soup

Creamy delicious vegan pumpkin and dried  pea soup #VegetarianSoup #VeganSoup #FallSoup #Soup #EasySoup #Recipe #FoodPhotography #SimiJoisPhotogarphy


Nothing like a good bowl of soup, I just love soups. I can live on it and never complain. First, it’s just super easy to make, you can have so many variations and it’s literally a meal in itself. And last but not the least it’s the ultimate winter comfort food.

I had some leftover pumpkin from halloween, paired them with dried yellow peas and the result was a fabulous full-bodied flavorful cup of soup.

Looks like a super busy day ahead of me. I have a ton of errands to run, yesterday was cold and wet, so I postponed everything to today. It’s going to be a long day, but had to post this before I did anything else. So I shall run, while you guys enjoy this soup.


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Monday, December 8, 2014

Thai curry noodle soup

#ThaiCurrySoup #ThaiSoup #ThaiVeggieSoup #ThaiFood #WarmSoup #SimiJoisPhotography

Winter is not exactly my most favorite season, I know the snow is magical and it is the best time of the year …. warm soups, hot chocolate, holiday cheer… but I can feel the icy sub zero wind chills in my bones. Let’s not even start talking about the pale blue light on cloudy days, I yearn warm sunshine. The only meal that really comforts me is a warm soup, I heart soups and you certainly cannot enjoy them as much in summer. Most of the soups I make is a one pot meal, with some cheese and bread and you got a hearty meal on the table. Thai curry soup is my all time favorite, it is so filling and full of flavor, the best part of this soup is you don’t need a lot of ingredients in your pantry. Just a bit of creativity and some imagination.

 I almost forgot to share some exciting news. One of my images won a photography contest at Craftsy:here is the link to the image .  The second one is huge for me, Michael Ray’s made a list of 100 best food photographers in the world….and I have no idea how, but I did make that list. Michael needs no introduction, he is one of the top food photographer with some hugs brand names under his wing, his work is outstanding . The link has some amazing people on the list, very inspirational and certainly very humbling. Here is a link to the list.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Seasonal Soup for Autumn

#Soup, #FallSoup, #AutumnSoup, #ComfortFood, #Recipe

#Soup, #FallSoup, #AutumnSoup, #ComfortFood, #Recipe

This is going to be a picture heavy post, I have been going crazy with fall colors and fallen leaves. Every time my husband and I go for a walk, am stopping for pictures ….everytime! He even asked me, don’t you get bored of taking the same picture…my response the light is different, it’s not same. I don’t think he gets it but pretends otherwise. You don’t want to mess with ’the wife’

Just yesterday, my family was looking for me, I thought I had told them that I will be in the yard, but apparently no one heard. The beautiful tree in our backyard was calling my name  …I was there for 10 minutes but I was told that it was 40. I have never been good with numbers :)  I did not know I was being photographed.  Here is me taking pictures of the beautiful tree.

This month Ilva, Sophia and myself thought of doing a soup for the monthly post that we do together. I am horribly terribly late ( by a week ) Ilva and Sophia already posted their’s, you must check it out. Absolute yumminess. Thanks girls for your patience and hope to do it on time in November.

#Soup, #FallSoup, #AutumnSoup, #ComfortFood, #Recipe

#Soup, #FallSoup, #AutumnSoup, #ComfortFood, #Recipe #Soup, #FallSoup, #AutumnSoup, #ComfortFood, #Recipe

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Carrot n Ginger Soup



I really have nothing on my mind today, I run a blank, which is unbelievable, as I always have something to share. All I can think of is spring, I am so done with this winter, am yearning for some fresh spring air. We have had a horrible winter in Midwest, US this year.  I feel like an old hag, lol!  The only way am going to get motivated is some warmth. Every one is crabby (thanks to cabin fever), I spoke to my friend on the phone yesterday, she ranted for an hour, my teen was ranting at night, my neighbor says she is going to move ( in a very threatening and accusing tone), the reason is not me, lol, I do hope it is not me. She can’t handle the cold anymore. Hubs of course is hating this winter, he usually does not complain, but this winter… ummm! he is making up for all the years of not complaining. You get the situation! Hopefully, I will be back to my happy go lucky self again. On a serious note, I don’t think any of us have a right to complain, we are all so fortunate to have a warm shelter and food on the table, you think of the homeless and all you can do is count your blessings.

I really was in the mood for some warm , comforting soup and hopefully this is the last soup post for the season. But here it is an absolute family favorite, sweet carrots with the sharpness of ginger a marriage made in food heaven.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Roasted red peppers and tomato soup

#Soup #RedPeppeAndTomatoSoup #TomatoSoup #RedPepperSoup

#Soup #RedPeppeAndTomatoSoup #TomatoSoup #RedPepperSoup

I am really obsessed about this round slate. Somehow every image I visualize to shoot has the slate in it. Am telling you, the rate at which I am using it, it will become the most used prop for the year-2014. 
I almost burnt my hand doing this shot, it was worth it…don’t you think.  And fyi it’s real smoke not photo shopped, just saying. 

Well the story does not end there, so made the soup, I was planning to serve it for dinner, hubs walks in, and guess what, he has a carton of roasted pepper and tomato soup, along with a lot of other things (that were not on the shopping list).  He does not do the grocery in this house ( for obvious reasons), but since we have been hit with this brutal weather, ’polar vertex’, I have been dispatching him. I looked at him and nodded in disapproval, I make soup at home all the time, and it’s one of the easiest things to whip up, what prompted him with this impulse purchase? After a little probing I was told, they were serving samples to taste at the store and since he had some, he could not say no. I though that was so cute. The rest of the things that were not on the list, but showed up at home, had no explanation.  So, that night we had soup, and he said  “see I told you this is good stuff” …”Yes, but this one is home made from scratch ;)“  That was funny, we still need to have the soup from the carton, will keep you posted on that. 
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Monday, December 30, 2013

Pepper Rasam / Clear soup for the flu season

#Rasam #ClearSoupForCold #ClearIndianSoup #PepperRasam
I really did not plan to have this as my last post for the year… I wanted to make something more exotic, - something that had a ‘wow’ factor to it.  I was browsing through my recipe folder a couple of days ago, to plan the last post. ‘Finally teen’ walked in sneezing and sniffling, (it’s hard to escape the flu at this time of the year); she saw all the recipes, and usually her eyes light up, but this time, she looked at me and asked, “Can you make some pepper rasam for me?”  So I made some rasam for her and went back to my quest. Sipping through the rasam, she asked, “Do you have this on the blog? If not, you should.” I looked at her. Even if I had made something exotic, she wasn’t going to enjoy it as much as she enjoyed sipping the rasam. Sometimes small pleasures give us so much more. So I went ahead to photograph the rasam… I enjoyed photographing this simple recipe, I’m usually so picky on the way my photographs look, but I felt so good about this one. I don’t know if it is technically perfect, or aesthetically wonderful, but I truly felt fulfilled. I guess that’s what this blog has been for me, very fulfilling.  It has helped me open up to understand my strengths, my weakness, made me stronger in my convictions. This year has been amazing: I did my first paid photography gig, my first sponsored post by Campbell, and I was featured on The kitchen, Fox news magazine, and The Daily Meal, to name a few. I’m part of some exciting projects in 2014, and I hope it comes through (keeping fingers crossed here). But more than anything, I’m thankful for all the associations I have made through the blog. Thank you guys! Hope you have a wonderful 2014 - Happy New Year to all of you and your family. Spread the love!

#Rasam #ClearSoupForCold #ClearIndianSoup #PepperRasam

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Spinach and lentil soup with kale chips

#SpinachandLentilsoup #KaleChips #SpinachCreamySoup #LentilSoup

#SpinachandLentilsoup #KaleChips #SpinachCreamySoup #LentilSoup

After ogling for a few months, I finally took the plunge and bought the Vitamix!  To be frank, I did not have a justification to get one ( read I have 4 blenders and a burr grinder already) What do I do with a burr grinder you may ask, well am really risking my life here, a lot of you might even spam my blog for this….I use the burr to grind my spices. Yes! I do that. I do have one for coffee, so before you hit spam on me…just so you know I love my coffee as much as I love my spices.  I am digressing here…this post is about the plunge into the Vita family not a burr grinder.

Remember the week I took off, to be frank, I was hanging out on the tube, watching every single video on this thing. Then I used cosmic energy to imagine it in my kitchen…so the cosmos will conspire to get one to me. Nothing happened! Thankfully it was my big day and finally my better half popped the question…'what do I get for you?' he was not at all enthusiastic about getting the wife a blender for a birthday (specially when she bought not one but two last November on black Friday), here is the story of black Friday  blender … ! This is where the cosmic powers come to play. We were at 'the store' buying stuff, there was a live demo of the Vitamix…we watched, we drank the smoothie, and I could hear my better half tell me "you have to get this thing." Well, I had to oblige ;) And since then, I have been like a crazy woman in the kitchen, so much so that my camera is catching dust. Those of you who know me, that's a shock.

For those skeptics out there, this is not a sponsored post ;)

I think this story calls for a soup….made by yours truly with her shiny new Vitamix. This is really a very healthy and hearty soup with lentil and spinach.

Note : The color of the soup is not the typical spinach soup color because of the lentil and the carrots. If you are picky about the color you can omit the lentil and use 1/4 cup of mashed boiled potatoes instead and replace the carrots with more celery. 

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Thai Squash Soup

I have been wanting to pen this post since morning, I did not want to rush it with the small pockets of time I had. I don't enjoy life on full throttle, I hate being rushed. Yet! there are moments where I do feel like a marathon runner. Busy does not necessarily translate to productive. I have come to realize that am a laid back kind of gal. Am sure my better half will not agree with it, he feels am over scheduled. I would just love to take my time to do things, but most often than not, things don't work that way.  

That's what I feel about the shot below, if I had not hurried myself and not multi tasked when taking the shot, it would have turned out much better.. the soup was awesome no complaints about that. On a cold cloudy day, it's just perfect. My idea is to sit down with my favorite music and enjoy the soup, while the world goes by. Need to uncluttered my mind and just do that,  you know what, am doing that! Am taking the afternoon off, no electronic leashes, no household chores What are your plans for the weekend? 

The idea of the soup was inspired from a blogger who mentioned about a thai influenced pumpkin soup. I just could not find the recipe... it set me thinking and am really happy with my take on it. 
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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Everyday tomato soup

I had a complete different post in mind today and I had written it up, all I had to do was put some pictures and the recipe....but wait ....! We are expecting 10-12 inches of is off and we are snowed in. So...naturally it calls for a warm hearty n  all time favorite tomato soup in a picture story ! Well spring might be around the corner, somewhere but here........

Warning - photo heavy post 

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Jamie Oliver's Minestrone

It's cold, cloudy, wet, dark and to top it I ran out whole basil leaves as I chopped what I had  for the soup, so had non for garnish . Low light  plus poor garnish :(( result - photographic disaster. It might be 'World Margarita Day' today yesterday but my heart is set to drink the minestrone and my heart is set on taking pictures ( read great pictures). After two three hours of agony with over 100 pictures of the soup and a bad neck pain (literally) I went to pick up finally teen from school. After my mono syllable answers she figured I had created a disaster in the kitchen, I told her the soup is awesome but yes the kitchen is in disaster as I might have tried at least 5 different soup bowls and heated the soup so many times and the pictures are worth the is then that I had a brain wave and begged her to model for me. On second thought I did not have to beg as she readily agreed and even thou am not very happy with the end result, but at least it is worth sharing ( my creative side is dead and I don't even know if these pix are worth sharing) anyway the pictures might not be 5 star but the recipe is ! And if you want to make me feel better please go ahead, I would love that, a hug or a smile often cheers me up .. and as for the neck pain I took acetaminophen already .

Am glad I took the evening off , a good nite sleep and with my favorite (read huge) cup of coffee  am back with renewed enthusiasm and fresh ideas threatening to overflow. I will still welcome hugs, so don't hold yourself back:)) hope you are all having a great weekend.

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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 :))

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Hot Asparagus Soup and a cold

It does not feel great if you are down with a cold, specially if you have lost your voice  - for a person like me who thinks verbal expression as a medium of art, its not the best thing. The only things that are making me feel somewhat better are hot soups, chais and sympathy calls from friends and family. Well it sounds worse than it is - literally I sound like a frog with laryngitis. After looking around for some quick soup recipes, found this one here, tweaked it a bit for my taste. The result - nice creamy soup, quick to make and a meal on a cold day like today. 

1 pound fresh asparagus
1 large chopped white onion
2 cups vegetable broth
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp all purpose flour
salt to taste
ground black pepper
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 cup parmesan cheese (optional)
spring onions finely chopped for garnish (optional)
pinch turmeric - good for cold
chili oil for garnish (optional)

In a saucepan saute the onions and asparagus, add 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock, salt and lower the heat, cover til the onions and asparagus are cooked.

Put the vegi mix in the blender and puree until smooth - texture shld be creamy. Use caution using hot liquids in blender.

In the same sauce pan roux* the flour with butter. Add 1/2 cup of vegi broth and the puree vegetables, whisk some lemon juice and pepper and garnish with Parmesan or spring onions or some chili oil. Serve hot!!

Roux (pronounced "roo") is a thickening agent for soups and sauces with roots dating back more than 300 years in French cuisine.
Made by cooking a flour and oil paste until the raw flavor of the flour cooks out and the roux has achieved the desired color, a properly cooked roux imparts silky-smooth body and a nutty flavor while thickening soups and sauce. - taken from

To make a roux - heat butter in a saucepan, lower the flame add the flour and roast the flour - you will get rid of the raw flour smell. Make sure it is white, ( you cld have a darker color roux - but not for this soup). Enjoy !! Have a wonderful weekend :)

Joining at the "soup it up" party hosted by Nupur and  Kalyani  And "Gimmie green" hosted by Chef Al dente- all the best for your first blog event :)

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tortilla Soup

It has been an year since the blog came about. Loved every moment of it.......making new friends, learning and sharing. A big thanks to all my friends ..!! :)

The temperatures are plugging, snow is on its way......18-24 inches expected with wind gusts 30-45 mph....... looks like Midwest is going to be in a hibernate mode for the next couple of days with the blizzard on its way. I do hope it is not as bad as they predict. Looking out from my window I see the calm before the storm with an occasional gust of wind. It almost feel like am writing a scene for a fiction,  this is real :( :(  !!  Will keep you posted with some clicks. 

I cannot think of posting anything else but some nice warm soup on a cold day like this ....with no promise of sunshine for the next two days...some soup to warm us up !!

Carrots : 1/4 chopped
Celery : 1/4 cup chopped
Tomato: 1/4 cup chopped
Red and yellow bell pepper : 1/4 cup chopped
Yellow Squash : 1/4 cup chopped
Cabbage: 1/4 cup chopped
Onion: 1 medium chopped
Butter: 1 tbsp
Garlic Clove : 2

In a dutch oven melt butter saute the onions and add the vegetables...add 2-3 cups of water, salt and bring to a boil. Add 2 tbsp of southwest spice blend  . Pour all the ingredients into a blender along with a handful of tortilla chips and blend, if you like your soup chunky ....don't over blend. Take care while blending hot liquids in the blender.  Serve hot with a dollop of sour cream and some tortilla chips.
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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Tomato Soup

With the cold weather refusing to leave our side, we definitely needed something to soothe us after a cold wintery day out. Running errands all day , we decided to make this family favorite last night. With a side of sourdough  garlic bread and crackers , it pleased our palettes and satisfied our stomachs.
No wonder it's a classic!

This is our entry for "Cooking Basics Event"

Ingredients: serves 2

Butter: 1tbsp
Tomatoes: 2-3 medium
Onion: 1 small
Celery: 1 stick chopped
Basil: 2tbsp chopped
Garlic: crushed 1 clove (optional)
All purpose flour: 1 tbsp
Salt: to taste
Sugar: 1/4th tsp

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the tomatoes, basil and garlic and boil for 10 min. Whizz in a blender. Blend it smooth and keep aside.

Use the same saucepan and melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour to make a roux/paste, add the onions and then celery, cooking until the roux/paste is  medium brown. Gradually whisk in the tomato mixture, so that no lumps form. Season with sugar and salt. Garnish with freshly crushed pepper and basil. Enjoy with garlic bread or crackers!!! Print Friendly and PDF

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