Feb 2, 2015

Miso Udon Noodle Soup

You know that pesky 4pm snack phenomenon, right? Around that time most of us suffer from a serious energy dip, I know I do. What a lot of Dutch folks do (and probably a gazillion others around the world as well) is whip up a cup-a-soup. For years I kept a package or two in the cupboard, while I never really did like how it tasted. Heck, it’s powdered instant soup: flavour-wise…

Jan 27, 2014

Potato & Corn Chowder

We’re well into january and I’ve yet to see the first snow flake in my part of the Netherlands. Don’t get me wrong because I’m not complaining; icy roads and I are just no match, but it’s still windy, rainy and grey enough for me to want to break out the hearty, savoury soups, stews and chili. And this is one of ’em. Especially one as addictive as this old-fashioned,…

Oct 23, 2012

Harira With Chicken

I’m a big fan of Moroccan cuisine, and make no exception for Harira—the traditional tomato and lentil soup of Morocco. Harira is quite a rich soup but can also be eaten as a starter. During Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, Harira is served to break the daily fast. There are endless variations to this recipe and each family has its own version. The sky is the limit when…

Jun 21, 2012

Creamy Tomato Soup

Here’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser that comes from an old cookbook I got from my mom. This soup makes a great, fast weeknight dinner or doubles as a starter. Pantry cooking—my absolute favorite. Especially since I always have Boursin, diced tomatoes and a jar of pesto on hand. You’ll put this on the table in no time. It doesn’t require complicated ingredients unless you want it to—you can tweak it to…

Apr 25, 2012

The Simple Life

Not in a million years could I have come up with such a novel idea: a crock pot potato soup—my all-time favorite soup—so easy you’ll never have to peel as much as a single potato. An American friend of mine mailed me this recipe and initially I had no idea what to make of it. Probably because we don’t have hash browns here. It’s not part of our food culture, our…

Feb 25, 2012

Grandma’s Soup. The One & Only.

As per request, here’s my—well, it’s really my grandmother’s—recipe for beef, vegetable, tomato, and vermicelli noodle soup. Quite a mouthful (pun intended). I never even try other recipes, simply because this one hits all the right spots. How could it not? I’ve made it ever since I was a little girl. Been using my slow-cooker to make the soup and it works like a charm. No intentions of changing that…