Smelly soup

a recipe for…smelly soup?

a recipe for…smelly soup?

Did you know that turnips stink? Because they do. They smell really bad. Like sweaty gym socks or something. I found this out when I made my last batch of soup. I thought the turnips had gone off when the smell started wafting from the pot of boiling turnips on the stove. A quick check-in with google and I discovered that yup, they smell. Totally normal. On went the stove vent and eventually, the smell faded. I was still nervous. Smelly soup?

Turnips aren’t something I would necessarily seek out from the grocery store on my own but they came in the food box we bought from the school fundraiser, through Nourish NS. I was determined to use up all the produce and needed a new soup for the week. Another quick google search had brought up a cream of turnip-apple soup so I gave it a go. I appreciated the fact that one of the top hits in my search for  “turnip soup recipes” was for Saltscapes magazine (a regional lifestyle publication for Atlantic Canada), so I kept things super local!

CreaM OF TURNIP-APPLE SOUP SMELLS GOOD ONCE IT’S READY

CreaM OF TURNIP-APPLE SOUP SMELLS GOOD ONCE IT’S READY

Despite the smelly turnips, the soup turned out well. It was super easy to make and enjoyed by everyone in the house. If you find yourself with some turnips and want to make something different with them, I recommend this recipe. When I think turnip recipes, I automatically think roasted or mashed alongside a turkey or roast beef dinner, so for me, the turnip soup idea was something totally different.

I made this soup two weeks ago, and at that point decided I was kinda over the soup thing…. Weekly soup, it turns out, is a bit much. A week goes by so quickly and it felt like every time I turned around, it was time to make more soup. Last week went off the rails with strep throat etc., mind you a lot of chicken soup was consumed. Of the Campbell’s variety. Now this week, on this cold and rainy day, I am kind of craving some creamy thai carrot sweet potato soup, courtesy of my Oh She Glows cookbook… it’s a favourite in this house!  

So, whether I slow down on the soup or not, unless I discover something amazing, I will lay off on posting about it, because I think reading about my soup is just as tiring as making it every week! Thanks for hanging in there with me. Four soups later, maybe I inspired you to simmer some up yourself and if not, maybe now you will? I promise it will warm you up. Enjoy!


Turkey noodle soup

Curried carrot, apple and sweet potato

Leek and potato soup with carrots and celery

Cream of Turnip and Apple


Soup saga

My weekly soup challenge has not gotten off to the strongest start. The curried carrot and apple soup I made after the last soup post (October 18) was delicious. So great, in fact, there were sadly no leftovers! It turned out we didn’t have as many carrots as I thought, so I threw in a sweet potato and it became a curried carrot, apple and sweet potato soup. It worked well because there was sweet potato in the buddha bowls we also ate, so it all tied together nicely.

The next week, I did not make soup at all. I chaperoned the primary class field trip to the apple orchard. Anna started Sparks and those evenings are a blur trying to get back out the door on time. Matt was away two full days for work. I decorated the house for Halloween and prepped for our Halloween party happening on the weekend. (We did make apple pie muffins - that  totally stuck to the muffin wrappers, the topping entirely flaked off and they were too dense and dry. Better luck next time!) I had TWO nights out that week and the Friday was my birthday. There was just no time to think about soup. As simple as it may be it just wasn’t on the menu.

Last week, we got our Nourish Your Roots food box from the school fundraiser. Without a doubt, soup was happening. I really wanted to make leek and potato soup and lo and behold, both ingredients came in the box, along with lots more yummy fall fare. I found a recipe for leek and potato soup with carrot and celery on the Nourish Your Roots website. It was good though a bit bland. I’m glad I made garlic & pepper croutons to add some texture and crunch! Have you ever made your own croutons? I was daunted at the thought when I came across the recipe in my Oh She Glows cookbook but tried it once and have never looked back. It’s SO easy! Spread olive oil, rub one garlic clove, sprinkle garlic powder and salt over three slices of bread, slice, bake at 400 for 15 minutes, voila! Three slices were enough croutons for 4 of us.

But the saga of last week’s soup is that I was far too ambitious. I left things way too late and made pork tenderloin with roasted apples and onions at the same time. Plus the croutons. Each task fine on their own but combine doing all three at the same time? There was no “Once it’s on the stove you’re handsfree!” —smug me. I was chopping vegetables and browning the tenderloin and peeling apples all at once. It was labour intensive and it was not a day my kids were cooperating by just finding something to do. They were fighting and annoying and hello, day after Halloween what was I expecting?

So in the process of making dinner I managed to melt the bottom of the rice cooker to the top of the stove. : (  It was just a little too close and the heat a little too high. And oh, I managed to also burn part of the melted rice cooker to my hand. I’m talking little bits of melted black plastic STUCK TO MY HAND. It was not a good scene. Good thing it looked (and felt) worse than it was. There’s just a small burn on my hand. A reminder that this was not the kind of meal to make on my own on a Thursday night. Lesson learned.

In fact, I’m not having a great run in the kitchen at all. I proceeded to shatter our coffee pot carafe against the edge of the counter on the weekend and we still haven’t replaced our toaster that short-circuited weeks ago. We’re now down 3 appliances that we used religiously...might be a very boring Christmas. And maybe I better not touch the slow cooker for awhile…

So, I’m four weeks into the “weekly soup” and down one. I think I’ll forgive myself because really, who’s counting, besides me? I’m planning another soup for this Thursday and guess what? That’s all we are having. Soup and some nice crusty bread. Or maybe croutons!

What's for supper - soup edition

I’m on a quest to make soup once a week through this fall/winter. Ambitious? Probably. But my kids love soup, any kind it seems. It feels good to pack a whole bunch of healthy yummy goodness in there that I know they will eat without complaint (humble brag they are actually pretty good eaters). But any homemade meal they devour and ask for more of is a good one in my opinion!

Chef Du jour

Last week I made turkey soup for the first time - broth and all. Matt made his first turkey for thanksgiving at his parents place and turkey-fest ensued. For the rest of the week we had leftover turkey dinner, turkey sandwiches, and the turkey soup.

I prepared the broth using the turkey carcass on Tuesday and made the soup on Wednesday. Threw in some onions, carrots, celery, thyme - whatever we had on hand, and some shredded turkey of course. Added some tri-coloured animal shaped pasta just for fun and it was a hit. I didn’t take any pictures while I cooked, except for the final product.

It dawned on me on the drive home from a trip to the apple orchard on Sunday that we’d planned our meals for the week and bought the groceries but didn’t plan for a soup. I was failing my challenge already! I thought about the groceries we had and remembered one I made last fall, curried carrot and apple. With plenty of apples in the trunk and a bag of carrots and chicken broth (leftover and unused from thanksgiving) in the pantry at home, I knew I’d be able to prepare this one without an extra trip to the store. So curried carrot and apple soup will accompany the buddha bowls we are eating tonight.  

Voila!

Daunted by the thought of making homemade soup? Don’t be - it’s so easy. It requires a little forethought so you have time to allow the soup to simmer, that’s the only time-consuming aspect. Once it’s on the stove you’re handsfree! If you’re pressed for time when making dinner, prepare your soup on the weekend or an evening and save it in the fridge for a couple days or freeze it for later.  You won’t regret it!

Let’s see how well I do on my weekly soup challenge!



Food challenge

A while back I was sharing weekly meal menus. While we still plan most weeks like that, I haven’t been sharing because eventually it became a little dull and repetitive, both the meal plans and the posts. Lately, the grocery lists are made at the last minute or on the fly, and it’s not been so inspiring. I think I have a lot more fun with food in the summer. It stays light later so dinner never seems rushed, we can throw food on the grill, we’re eating in the backyard.

These days, it’s all about getting something edible on the table on time. And by on time, I mean before Bear goes to bed! To spice things up a little I decided it would be a fun challenge to plan themed burger nights. Now that I’m writing this out it sounds really unhealthy but it’s not every night, just Saturdays. And they’re homemade with extra lean ground beef, cooked on the Panini grill and served with lots of veggies on the side. I can take no credit for the actual preparing of the burgers (M’s the burger king). These aren’t recipes, just what we used to achieve our theme. Here’s what we’ve come up with so far.

Greek
Lots of diced peppers, feta and Tzatziki. Served with lemon roasted potato wedges.

Indian Infusion
Infused with curry spice, cumin and topped with curry mayo. Served on mini nann rounds with sweet potato fries.

Asian-inspired
Hoisin sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger. Served with rice and stir-fried veggies.

All-American
Thick, juicy, cheesy, served with fries and milkshakes. No regrets.

Hawaiian
Pineapple, onion, tomato, bbq sauce and roasted red pepper dip. Served with coconut pineapple smoothies!

Turkey
Tonight it’s all about the turkey burgers with carrots and peas on the side. So basically, Thanksgiving dinner.

I’m running out of ideas, but I’m thinking Tuscan chicken burgers with avocado are a must. Feel free to share your favourites. Have a great weekend and let me know what you’re eating!