Just call me the soup nazi

If you haven’t watched the TV show Seinfeld then that title makes no sense and you’re probably confused. Follow the link here to watch a clip.

But for those who are in the know, I hope I made you smile. Or maybe a bit curious.

I’m affectionately known as the Soup Nazi in my family. Not because I act like the character on Seinfeld, but because making soup is my self-proclaimed speciality. When it comes to cooking, I’m always up to make soup. I like to experiment with flavours and ingredients to create my own take on classic recipes. And who doesn’t like a bowl of steaming soup when you are neck-deep in winter?

Me in my fancy “new” thrifted apron.

As a kid I’d pretend I lived in the forest and had to gather wild plants to eat and survive. I’d gather twigs, leaves, and berries–none of which were actually edible–and mix them together to create “food”. Maybe this is why I enjoy growing my own vegetables and making soup. It’s a throw back to my childhood make-believe games.

Plus soup is like the ultimate well-balanced meal. It has it all! I could literally eat soup every day and never get tired of it.

One of my recent soup experiments was a Butternut Apple Carrot soup. It turned out pretty good. I roasted the butternut squash and carrots before adding them to the onions, apple, and garlic already cooking in the pot.

I added broth and a bunch of spices (thyme, nutmeg, salt, pepper) and let it come to a boil before reducing the heat to a simmer. Once the vegetables were cooked and soft, I used an immersion hand blender to make the soup nice and creamy. And it’s that simple!

I could have left it chunky instead of blending it, but this way you get all the flavours with every spoonful.

This year as part of my back to basics pledge I’ll be planting a large garden to grow all the vegetables I’ll need for my soups (Yes, other meals too–though why eat anything else?!). I’ll be posting more on that and other things too. This blog is about to get very diverse in its content and I hope you’ll stick with me. If you’d like me to include recipes in any food posts just let me know in the comments.

Until next time I wish you cozy sweaters and steaming bowls of soup!

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