It's soup season and just in time a new cookbook arrived at my door that I can't wait to explore in more depth. Great Homemade Soups: A Cook's Collection by Paul Gayler ought to keep me going all year round when I'm in the mood for soup, whether it be a cold wintery day or a sweltering hot one.
It truly is a soups masterclass and everything you ever need to know about the basics are pretty much covered in the book, complete with gorgeous photos and gourmet soups that are far easier to make than they look. Learn all about making perfect stocks, garnishes and toppings, and refined and subtle broths. Consommes, smooth and creamy bowls of goodness, hearty and wholesome, wild and exotic and traditional and chilled too are on the menu. And not only do we get Chef Gayler's expert instructions and recipes, he also features some choice soups from fellow chefs. Over 100 nourishing soups from around the world are served up with distinction and they won't break your grocery budget either.
As the chef notes, making a fantastic soup is an art and often the cook's reputation is on the line when soup is served up. There really is no reason to be apprehensive about soup making though, and with a few tips and some basic kitchen tools you'll wonder why you ever bought canned and pre-prepared soups.
Being autumn and pumpkin time, the first soup I tried and adapted was a carrot soup with seven spices that I turned into a creamy pumpkin soup with some toor dal added for some additional nutrients and texture. Toor dal can be found at any Indian grocery store but if you can't find it or don't have it on hand, feel free to use channa dal or yellow split peas instead. For that matter, any lentil you fancy would be lovely in this soup or leave them out entirely if you choose.
I've also got my sights on a Chestnut and Fennel Soup with Sherry and Goat's Curd Gougeres, Moroccan Vegetable Soup with Green Harissa and Couscous, Creamed Wild Mushroom Soup with Cocoa and Black Bean Soup with Salsa Sofrito to name just a few of the mouthwatering bowls of goodness waiting to be simmered up.
And now some exciting news for my readers: I am offering a copy of Great Homemade Soups to one lucky winner in Canada or the US. Though the book does include meat and fish, vegetarians and vegans alike will find plenty of fantastic ideas to grace their tables and, with some tweaking, many of the recipes that aren't vegetarian can be adapted for your diet.
All you need to do is leave a comment on this post, citing your favorite soup. If you don't have a blog or a contact associated with your webpage, please make sure you leave an email address in the comment section so I can contact you should you win the cookbook. It would also be nice if you followed my facebook page, but it isn't necessary to enter the giveaway. This giveaway will run until November 1st and then I will randomly choose a winner.
Note: I received a complimentary copy of the book for possible review and the opportunity to offer a giveaway to my readers. The opinions expressed here are my own.
|Pumpkin and Carrot Split Lentil Soup|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Adapted from Great Homemade Soups: A Cook's Collection
Published on October 18, 2013
Colorful and creamy pumpkin and carrot soup cooked with toor dal and Indian spicings — a delicious, warming and nourishing fall or winter soup
This is my contribution to October's No Croutons Required Challenge, hosted by Jac this month. The theme is smooth blended soups and I think this just fits right for the seasonal change.
I'm also sharing this with Ricki's Wellness Weekend.
More puréed soups you are sure to enjoy from Lisa's Kitchen:
Toor Dal Soup with Sweet Potato, Dried Apricots and Coconut Milk
Indian Style Cream of Cauliflower Soup
Roasted Butternut Squash & Cannellini Bean Soup with Spices and Toasted Pistachios
Roasted Beet Soup with Roasted Parsnip and Carrot Purées
On the top of the reading stack: The Great Vegan Bean Book: More than 100 Delicious Plant-Based Dishes Packed with the Kindest Protein in Town! - Includes Soy-Free and Gluten-Free Recipes! by Kathy Hester
Audio Accompaniment: Marsen Jules