Posts tagged ‘soup’

May 24, 2011

End of the Larder … Green Soup


People are telling me off with increasing frequency for my lack of writing here at Good Bite In. I’m wondering, can a post on tonight’s dinner suffice? It’s an end of the larder meal. The kind you make when you have an odd mix of food left in the fridge that doesn’t really go together. The kind you wouldn’t boast about, you  wouldn’t serve up at a dinner party, you wouldn’t normally write about but the kind that somehow ends up damn fine and delicious.

Green Soup. Yes, you can tell by the photograph it’s very green. How do you make this? Firstly, it helps if you have a little bit of a cold, as on a balmy evening like tonight that’s probably the only reason you’d want to eat soup. Secondly, it helps if the only things left in your fridge and freezer are green. It’s not much of a recipe really. Whack everything green you have in a pot, in this case celery, peas, spring onions, spinach, watercress, soy beans, brussel sprouts, a vegetable stock cube (green too!) and Bob’s your uncle.  Okay I did add two non-green items – potato and onion – but being that they were the last in the larder, a couple more days and they would have been green too. Then, simmer and blitz. Serve with last few slices of homemade Sourdough if you’re lucky.

sarahx.

PS: The homemade Sourdough is a recent development … more on this soon!

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October 14, 2010

French Fridays with Dorie: Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup


French Fridays with Dorie is  a project involving a seemingly huge number of bloggers cooking their way through  Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours . This week’s recipe is Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup. I couldn’t be happier.

It isn’t what most would imagine to be a French dish to be, but France’s involvement in Vietnam and the resulting influences on both countries cuisine could be said to make it so. This recipe is Dorie’s own mix up of pho ga (a chicken broth based soup) and la sa ga ( a coconut based curry soup). It reminds me of the traditional Pho, found in it’s many varieties across Vietnam.

 

Busy Hannoi ... There must be some pho nearby ...

 

When I traveled  in Vietnam several years back I ate Pho almost every day for breakfast, normally at roadside stalls. If your eyebrows are raised, Pho is Vietnam’s equivalent to cornflakes or toast and over the course of a month I became addicted to it. Back in London I regularly try to make my own version of it. Or else I head to Mien Tay Restaurant for a bowl. It’s got to be the best in London.

 

Pho ... even in the mountains of the North

 

So this recipe by Dorie was right up my street. I couldn’t wait to get started.

 

Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

 

It’s an easy soup to put together and all the elements can be prepared ahead of time and assembled at the last minute. What I love about this style of soup is that you make the base and then layer all the elements on top. In Vietnam all these extras are normally served alongside the soup and it’s up to the individual to decide how much of each they want – extra herbs, beansprouts, fresh chillies, sauces etc. I’ve had a cold this week so I went crazy on the chili!

 

Extra Chilli and Chilli Oil on top

 

M couldn’t wait for me to take the photo, he had to get stuck in.

 


Stuck in ... more chilli please

 

We loved this … full of flavour and our favourite so far for French Fridays. Thanks Dorie!

S.

Coming Up next time on French Friday  is Hachis Parmentier … comfort food if ever there was some …. Feel like joining in or making these for yourself check out Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours. As requested by Dorie recipes for this group are not republished online.

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