Brand new year, same old soup?
And so here we are, after the rush of the holidays is over, after the excesses, the added stress, the joyous moments and hopefully, some rest, here we are back to the grind. I have to say it kind of felt hard to get up before the sun was out, and to hurry through the early hours of the day so I could get everything ready to take some certain gentleman back to school. It was harder for him, I tell you, the poor kid did not want to get out of his cozy warm bed! But the truth is, he knew he had to and so he did. The days of sitting on the sofa watching Harry Potter and Once Upon a Time all day long must come to an end, as must the endless row of bonbons and mincepies and panettones and Bolo Rei and cinnamon cookies. Actually, there's still one cinnamon cookie in the kitchen, and if no one is having it I claim bids on it.
I have to say I did not loose my head over the holidays, I did not over do it, truth is I even managed to loose some weight on Christmas week. My undoing was actually New Year's, and not exercising. Yep, I did take a break from my exercise routine over the holidays, I also took a break from my novel. But I ended up not eating my weight in stuff I don't usually eat regularly. SUre, there were some slices of panettone and coffee pudding during CHristmas, and some Bolo Rei as well, but there was a lot of soup and veggies as well as fruit. I wasn't even craving certain things I usually crave over this season, like fresh, savoury breads, or patés. Untill New Year's Eve, that is. I think I managed to undo all the good I did my own body over Christmas week...
I did indulge, on New Year's Eve. There was bubbly to be had, and it was sweet and ice cold, there was shrimp tempura as well - a classic for NYE with my son, he must have it always!! - and there was a delicious camembert and a quail and champagne paté, there was toasted bread and a turkey and mushroom homemade saucisson (which actually I should have photographed for the blog because it is such an amazing recipe to share, and if you have a dinner party I tell you it will be a success!!) and there was chinese red rice to go with it, as we had just made a visit to a few chinese supermarkets recently. For dessert there were the mincepies which I have just tweaked slightly and will be sharing with you soon. So I was bound to indulge, and I did. Now it's back to eating healthy and wisely and balanced meals. Starting with the same old soup.
But it doesn't really matter how old the recipe for the soup is, nor how many times I have made these soups, to me they are always a delight, always a great start to any meal. When it's cold and dreary and grey outside, a warm bowl of fragrant soup can be such a comforting sight, and it's certain to put a smile on our lips as we suddenly become warmer, as if a hug as big as life is being given. I always say that soup is the language of love, if you think about it, as a parent that is the first meal you give your child after the milk! Soup is the basis of a proper meal, soup is a new beginning, the start of something good. So no matter how old soup seems to get, or how boring you might think it becomes, soup is probably the best way to go in any meal. And soup can stand as a meal all on its own, what's not to like about this?? I made us a cannellini bean soup that is quite to die for, if you're into creamier soups!!
You will need:
- one litre water
- 250 ml concentrate, reduced duck stock
- four large starchy potatoes
- one can cannellini beans (white beans)
- one carrot
- one medium sized onion