Recipe: Spicy Spinach Soup


23 Jan Recipe: Spicy Spinach Soup

Email. Some days I love it. Some days I hate it.

And I was hating it something fierce  recently when my computer insisted it had to “rebuild” my inbox and in doing so resent random emails from March 2010. This elicited confused responses from the unintended victims recipients. I spent the weekend  cautiously checking email and wondering when the next “What’s going on?” email would arrive.

In an effort to keep the Universe in check, a stray email landed in my inbox the same week. A subscriber, intending to forward one of my posts to a friend, inadvertently sent it back to me. Even though she doesn’t eat wheat (or sugar or desserts), she still subscribes to my blog and was sharing a bread recipe with a friend who bakes — along with some very kind words.

To balance out all the carbs I post, here is a grain-free, low-carb, spicy, vegetable-packed, semi-protein-based soup. Indra, this one’s for you. It does have 1 tsp of sugar for balance, but if you omit it the recipe will hold its own.

To everyone else, if you got a random email from me. Ignore it. My computer went insane. If you didn’t, have some soup. My stove is working just fine.


Review in brief

Bored soup lovers will enjoy the innovative recipes and varied styles in this single-subject book. Recipes  range from a clear classic consommé to “meal in a bowl” soups with more than two dozen (easy to get) ingredients. Chock full of vegetables, game, seafood, fruit, nuts and cheese, there will be something for everyone.

Must try recipes

  •  Mango, Cilantro and Pomegranate Soup: They had me at mango. This unusual chilled soup takes five minutes to make and is bursting with fresh flavours. Not exactly a winter-time treat, but come summer? Hand me a spoon.
  • Seven-Grain Bread: Yes, bread. This book offers 10 bread recipes and this one — with bulgar, polenta, quiona and millet — is an intriguing change from the usual store-bought offerings.
  • Creamy Pistachio Soup: With cardamom, coriander and pistachios, this pastel green soup is a delicate, fragrant change of pace from the standard Indian soup.

Biggest delight: The intro section that encourages you to experiment. It’s full of suggestions on how to thicken, enrich, puree garnish and even rescue soups. Sure, it’s got pantry suggestions and tips on how to use up leftovers, but the recipe planners made me wish I’d thought of that feature first. Looking for a vegetarian recipes? Not only does it list the 90+ recipes– with a few enticing photos– it gives the cooking time and page number.

Other planners in Soup focus on chilled, hearty, healthy, spicy, main meals and quick recipes. Once you make your selection, each recipe includes prep and cooking times as well as freezing notes. If you can’t find a soup to suit your mood, schedule and diet, then maybe, just maybe, it’s time to admit you just aren’t a soup person.

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  • Alissa
    Posted at 11:05h, 23 January Reply

    Would you say this soup tastes like spinach? I tried a blended squash soup and really liked it, despite not being a squash fan (the soup was also a “spicy thai” squash soup, which helped.

    I wonder, if there’s enough taste in this one to override a “spinachy” taste? I’m not a big cooked spinach fan either, but this might be a good way to take advantage of the health benefits of spinach!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 11:13h, 23 January Reply

      Baby spinach is milder than “adult” spinach, so this soup isn’t aggressive. But it does taste a bit spinachy. Do you like saag (spinach curry?) If that’s okay for you, then you should like this. Remember, there’s chile, ginger and mint helping things along. You can always turn up the spices by adding more garlic etc.

      I haven’t tried this with other leafy greens, but beet greens or Swiss chard might work if you just can’t take spinach. I hate plain cooked spinach but rather like it added to things and in soup.

      Let me know if you do try this. I’m sure other iffy spinach eaters will be curious.

  • Alissa
    Posted at 11:18h, 23 January Reply

    Will do! I should give it a go this week…I’ve got a whole pile of baby spinach that’s going uneaten because i’m just not in the mood for it. Ginger, mint and garlic should help the cause!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 11:22h, 23 January Reply

      Happy soup making. And go with your gut/nose. Next time I make this I’m adding garam masala and cumin to the onions just because I like the flavour. You know your palate best.

  • Susan
    Posted at 07:18h, 24 January Reply

    This looks lovely. I love soups (and spinach), but never really plan to make them. Thanks for the review of the book; it looks like one to add to the collection.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 08:41h, 07 February Reply

      It’s a really innovative soup book. I found all sorts of ideas there. It’s definitely got some superb ideas that will give the experimental cook inspiration and the novice cook solid guidelines.

  • Judith Rutty Godfrey
    Posted at 17:22h, 25 January Reply

    This soup is on my ‘make soon’ list. But what I’m really drooling over are your gorgeous soup bowls Charmian!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 08:42h, 07 February Reply

      Thanks, Judith. Confession time. I bought the bowls just for a photo shoot. They were so pretty, I couldn’t resist.

      And the soup is a wonderful change of pace. I hope you like it!

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