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Kidney Bean Soup

I made this soup today with some white and red kidney beans I found in the pantry. It’s extremely hearty, so it’ll take a while to finish it I think, but it goes great with the guacamole we have in our freezer!

What you need:

  • 1 lb (2 cups) dried kidney beans or 3 14-oz cans
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced (optional)
  • 1 14-oz can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oreganob
  • 4 cups liquid (water, or stock)
  • Salt and pepper

What to do:
If you’re using dried beans, soak them overnight in water (3 cups of water for each cup of dried beans). Rinse the beans out before use until the water runs pretty clear. Boil the beans for about one and a half hours in a medium-sized pot with enough water to cover the beans by about 1.5″. When they’re tender, you can turn down the fire and drain out the beans again. You don’t need to keep the bean water.
Next, sweat out the onions in a medium soup-pot with some olive oil. try not to caramelize them, just get them nice and soft. Add in the garlic and all the spices to coat the onions, and once it’s evenly mixed, drop in the beans, tomatoes, and tomato paste. Ensure everything is evenly coated, and then add in the liquid (I used beef stock here). Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Bust out the immersion blender, and blend up that delicious mix until smooth.
Serve with some guacamole on top!

Adapted from macheesmo.

Lentil Soup

While clearing out the pantry, I found a bag of lentils and immediately had a craving for lentil soup. Scouring the internet for a decent recipe, I came across this one from BBC Good Food that I adapted to remove a few items which I didn’t have on hand. I’d say the original recipe is really good as well if you wanted to give it a try!

What you need:

  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • pinch chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 140g split red lentils
  • 1L hot vegetable stock (from a cube is fine)

What to do:
In a medium soup pot, add everything except the chilli flakes to the pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for 30 minutes, or until lentils have softened. Blend up with an immersion blender to get a nice smooth texture. Toss in the chili flakes to your spiciness level and serve! So simple!

Notes:

  • You can use any bouillon you like, I only had beef on me.
  • I used ground cumin as opposed to seeds, so about 1 tsp

Adapted from BBC Good Food.

Thai Tomato Coconut Soup

I had a huge craving for this today – and I almost went and bought a pre-made version instead just so I could eat it immediately. But common sense took over and I ended up picking up the ingredients I needed to make it. And it turned out just as good in flavour, but not as smooth since I don’t own an awesome blender.

What you need

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp red curry paste
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 4 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 can coconut milk

What to do
In a medium-sized soup pot, heat olive oil on medium-high heat. When warm, add in lemongrass, ginger and curry paste and mix for 1 minute until soft. Add in onions and sweat until soft. Add in tomatoes and chicken broth, and simmer until vegetables are extremely soft (about 5 minutes). Depending on how thick you like your soup, you can cook off some of the water, or you can blend it right away. Add in the coconut milk once the soup has been pureed.

adapted from allrecipes.com

Summer Salad! Now with more bacon!

What you need:

  • 8 strips of delicious delicious bacon
  • 1 avocado
  • corn (2 fresh cobs or 1 can)
  • 1 – 2 tbsp lemon juice

Optional

  • 1/2c edamame
  • 1/2c quinoa
  • 1/2c red peppers

What to do:

If using fresh corn, cook up that first (either boil it for 8 minutes or cook on a BBQ/in the oven), and then cut the kernels off. Fry up that bacon in a pan until crispy. I like my bacon really crispy, so I leave it in until it’s it’s got a pretty solid crunch. When ready, take out the bacon and crumble into small pieces. Remove all but 1-2 tsp of oil out of the pan, and then drop in the corn. Add in the lemon juice, and some salt & pepper to taste if you want. Once it’s all warm, turn off the heat.

Pit the avocado and cut them into bite-sized pieces. Drop that in with the bacon, and then add in the corn and any other ingredients you’d like. Gently toss (try not to break down the avocado), and serve. Mmmm bacon.

Currywurst Sauce

I’ve craved this for over a year after returning home from a month-long Germany trip. I tried simply adding curry powder to ketchup (a terrible idea that I don’t recommend), and I paid some painful prices for currywurst at the annual German Christmas Market so I could have a little taste.

Finally, I decided to google it, and lo and behold, the recipe is actually really simple. And it’s so delicious. Thank you internet!

What you’ll need
1 onion, minced
2 tbsp curry powder
1 tbsp paprika
2 cups canned and peeled tomatoes, crushed
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup red wine vinegar

What to do
Heat a tbsp of oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add in the onions and cook until tender (10 minutes). Add in the curry powder and paprika and mix well. add in the tomatoes (with juices), and then the sugar and vinegar. Let simmer for another 20 as it reduces. Serve with some sausages and store up the rest.

Recipe taken from Saveur.

Notes
It helps if you can purée the onions before-hand – it helps make the sauce a lot smoother and spreads the powders through more evenly.
I didn’t have red wine vinegar, so I used rice wine vinegar, which worked just as well.

Cream of mushroom soup

What you need:
1 lb of mushrooms, thickly sliced
1 small onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1.5 cups chicken broth
1 cup milk (or soy milk)
4 tbsp of butter
2 tbsp of flour
salt and pepper to taste

What to do:
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in medium-sized pot and sweat garlic and onions. Add in mushrooms and broth until softened, about 10 minutes. Purée vegetables with hand blender until slightly chunky (or more, if you like creamier). Allow the vegetables to simmer to reduce.

In a separate pot, melt remaining 2 tablespoons of butter on low heat and whisk in flour to create a roux. Add in milk slowly to create the cream base, ensuring there are no lumps. Add in mushroom purée and reduce until desired thickness is achieved. Add salt and pepper as needed.

adapted from allrecipes.com

Chinese chicken with mushrooms

What you need
1 small handful of wood mushrooms
6 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked
1 chunk of ginger (about the length of a thumb knuckle), sliced thinly
4 chicken thighs, deboned
1 tbsp corn starch
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp oyster sauce
1 tsp sugar
vegetable oil

What to do:
Marinate chicken with corn starch, soya sauce, oyster sauce, and sugar. Let sit for 20 minutes. Halve the shiitake mushrooms. Boil the wood ear mushrooms for approximately 15 minutes to remove any vinegar taste.

Steamed:
Add shiitake and the wood ear mushrooms into the chicken mix with a little bit of oil. Steam the dish for approximately 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked.

Stirfried:
Add sliced ginger to the marinated chicken and then stirfry in a wok. Add mushrooms a bit of chicken broth, and then cover and simmer for another 10 minutes. Thicken if necessary with corn starch and water. Could also add a dash of shaoxing wine if you have it on hand!