Creamy Beet Soup

Soup, soup, soup and more soup… I have experimented with soups this December and I must admit that I have made some pretty awesome variation with the vegetables in season.
Years ago we never thought about using what was in season – we just bought whatever ingredients was necessary to make what we wanted for dinner. Today we most often pick our vegetables at the local farmers market where we can get fresh seasonal vegetables, which makes it a lot more fun than buying them in the local super market where it have been lying for days. What would be even better is to grow the vegetables our selves, but as we live in an apartment it is quite difficult for us to grow anything else than herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers and chilies. To our luck, my parents have a garden where we can grow potatoes, beets, celeriac, zucchinis, onions, brussels sprouts, carrots, strawberries, raspberries, black currant and apples 🙂 Or to be honest, my parents grow it and we eat it!

The beets and onions for this soup is bought while the celeriac and jalapeños is home grown and the vegetables stock home made from vegetables residues.

Hope that you will enjoy the soup 🙂

 

Ingredients (4 serving)

26 oz. celeriac, peeled

26 oz. beet roots, peeled

8 oz. onions

1 jalapeño

 

1 tbsp. vegetable oil

1 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)

2 tsp. dried coriander

1 lemon, juice

5 cups vegetable stock

1/3 cup sour cream

1/4 cup bacon, fried

1/4 cup cashew nuts, roasted

Salt & pepper

 

Chop celeriac, beets and onions in 1/2-inch pieces and the jalapeños in slices.
Warm the oil in a sauce pan and add all the vegetables. Sauté for 4-5 minutes until all vegetables has adapted the beautiful color from the beets.

Add cayenne pepper, dried coriander and lemon juice and stir to combine.

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Add vegetable stock and bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and let simmer for 30 minutes.

Transfer to a stand blender and blend until smooth. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Add more vegetables stock or water for a thinner consistency.

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Pour the soup in small soup bowls and garnish with sour cream, fried bacon and roasted chopped cashew nuts.
Serve on a busy and cold week night or as a starter when having friend or family over for a three course dinner 🙂

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Ingredients (4 serving)

750 celeriac, peeled

750 beet roots, peeled

225 g onions

1 jalapeño

1 tbsp. vegetable oil

1 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)

2 tsp. dried coriander

1 lemon, juice

1.25 liter vegetable stock

0.8 dl sour cream

0.6 dl bacon, fried

0.6 dl cashew nuts, roasted

Salt & pepper

Butternut Squash Soup

Flavorful food doesn’t have to contain a lot of spices or ingredients and this delicious butternut squash soup is a perfect example! It only contains a few ingredients and is only seasoned with salt and pepper and it tastes so fabulous and simple. The sweetness form both the sautéed shallots and the roasted butternut squash combined with stock, sour cream and fried kale is just perfect – and then it is healthy 😉
In the recipe we have written “chicken/vegetable” stock but we alway use home made chicken stock ourselves, but are you a vegetarian or are you serving the soup for vegetarians, you can replace the chicken stock with vegetable stock.

We have made many soup this spring and the first two weeks of the winter and we will try to upload as many soup recipes as possible during the remaining winter season.

Hope that you will enjoy the soup as much as we have done and please leave a comment with your honest opinion 🙂

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

Soup

1 butternut squash

4 banana shallots

1/2 tbsp. butter

2 cups chicken or vegetable stock

1 cup water

1 cup sour cream

Salt & pepper

 

Garnish

2 cups kale, chopped

1 cup canola oil

 

 

 

Slice the butternut squash in two and remove the seeds. Place on a piece of baking paper and bake at 400F for approximately 1 hour or until tender.

Peel the baked butternut squash and chop the squash meat into 1 inch cubes. Slice the shallots. Melt the butter in a sauce pan and sauté the sliced shallots for a few minutes. Add the chopped baked squash pieces and sauté for a further 5 minutes. Then add stock and water, season with salt and pepper and stir to combine and bring to a boil. Put the lid on and let cook at medium/low heat for 45-50 minutes.

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Transfer the soup to a blender and blend until smooth. Taste and season again if necessary. Pour the blended soup through a strainer and back into the sauce pan. Add sour cream and stir to combine. Remove the soup from the heat and let rest while making the garnish.

Rinse the chopped kale in cold water and squeeze it in a tea towel to remove as much water as possible.

Heat up the canola oil to 320F and fry the kale 1/2 a cup at a time. Transfer the fried kale to a plate with paper towel.Butternut Squash Soup 2_Fotor_Collage

 

Pour the soup into four soup bowls and garnish with the fried kale. Enjoy the soup with family and friend – promise that everyone will love it 🙂Butternut Squash Soup 8

Bon Appétit!

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

Soup

1 butternut squash

4 banana shallots

5 g butter

5 dl chicken or vegetable stock

2.5 dl water

2.5 sour cream

Salt & pepper

 

Garnish

5 dl kale, chopped

2.5 dl canola oil

 

 

Stormy Red Lentil Soup

Today we have one of the biggest and longest storms we have had for many many years here in Denmark. All the TV channels report from the storm, the police advice everyone to stay indoor and one person has already been reported dead 😦 We had a hurricane back in October where three people lost their lives but it only lasted a few hours, whereas the storm today will last up to 24 hours. At the moment all bridges has been closed, national trains has stopped all traffic and some of the airports has cancelled all traffic for the rest of the day….

So what to do on a #do#not#leave#the#house#not#even#to#go#buy#groceries?? Well, I have been doing many things, some more interesting than others. First I have been preparing for tomorrow where we are going to make lots of beef jerky and one of my favorite christmas dishes: pheasant paté :-). Then I have played with some 100% chocolate and condensed milk, trying to make truffles – that did not go well (but it tasted fabulous). After that I decided to make soup for dinner, opened the kitchen cabinets and found a bag of red lentil – so it was an easy choice today as red lentil soup tastes delicious 🙂

While soup was cooking a made a few gloss paper christmas hearts (pictures will follow) and now I am enjoying a glass of Glenburgie-Glenlivet whisky and a piece of Amedei chocolate 🙂 And hopefully Chris will come home from work in a few hours, so that I won’t have to sleep alone!

Bag to the soup…. I have tasted lentil soup many times before but never made it myself. It was easier than expected and it tasted so delicious that I called Chris all excited to let him know that I had just made a perfect soup 🙂 Hope that you will try the recipe and leave a comment wether you like it , love it or hate it!

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

Soup

1 tbsp. butter

2 large onions

2 garlic cloves

1-2 red chili

1 tbsp. tomato paste

1 large tomato

1 1/2 cup red lentils

4 cups chicken stock

1 cup water

1 cup milk

1/2 cup cream

1/3 cup red wine

Salt & pepper

 

Garnish

1 cup macadamia nuts

1 cup parmesan cheese, grated

1 bundle pea shoots

 

Chop onions, garlic cloves, chili and tomato finely (today I used my Nicer Dicer – the smallest step). Melt the butter in a sauce pan and sauté onions, garlic and chili for 4-5 minutes. Add tomato paste and chopped tomatoes and sauté for yet a few minutes.

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Add lentils, chicken stock and water, put the lid on the sauce pan and let cook on medium-low heat for 50-60 minutes. Stir occasionally to aviod burning.

Transfer the cook lentil soup to a stand blender and blend until smooth. Add milk, cream and red wine, blend again, taste and season with salt and pepper.

While the soup is cooking you can prepare the macadamia nuts. Chop the nuts roughly and roast them on a dry pan until the begin to take on color and release a nutty note.Stormy Red Lentil Soup 2_Fotor_Collage

Pour the soup into your prettiest soup plates and and garnish with pea shoots and roasted nuts or grated parmesan cheese and nuts – both testes wonderful 🙂Stormy Red Lentil Soup 3_Fotor_Collage

Bon Appétit!

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

Soup

1 tbsp. butter

2 large onions

2 garlic cloves

1-2 red chili

1 tbsp. tomato paste

1 large tomato

3.75 dl red lentils

1 liter chicken stock

2.5 dl water

2.5 dl milk

1.25 dl cream

0.8 dl red wine

Salt & pepper

 

Garnish

2.5 dl macadamia nuts

2.5 dl parmesan cheese, grated

1 bundle pea shoots

Our Growing Edge: Autumn Beer Cheese Soup

 

 

This post is part of the monthly link up party Our Growing Edge. This event aims at to connect food bloggers from all over the world and inspire us to try new things.
This month is hosted by my utensil crock – a full-time attorney with an enterprising cooking habit 🙂

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We’re been talking about beer cheese soup for a while but never really took the time to find the perfect combination of ingredients. Then a few days ago we were encouraged by the wind and rain to make soup and having all the ingredients in the pantry made it a quite easy soup choice 😀

W chose to submit this exact recipe to Our Growing Edge as the recipe and combination of ingredients is totally new to us and it turned out to one of the best soups we have ever made!! 

For some it might sound strange with beer and cheese in a soup, but we promise that it tastes fabulous and can be served both as a week night dinner or as a starter when having guests over for dinner.

Hope that you we will love this soup as much as we already does, and if you have any suggestions for other variations of this recipe, you are welcome to leave a comment 🙂

 

Ingredients (6 servings)

2 pounds potatoes, peeled

3 large onions

2 tbsp. butter

4 tbsp. flour

1 tbsp. cayenne pepper

3 cups beer

2 cups chicken stock

3 cups whole milk

1 cup aged cheddar cheese, shredded

Salt & Pepper

 

Garnish

15 bacon slices

1/2 cup aged cheddar cheese, shredded

2 slices rye bread, cubed

 

Slice the onions and cube the potatoes. Sauté both in melted butter for 3-5 minutes before adding the cayenne pepper. Stir to combine.
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Sprinkle the flour on top of the sautéed vegetables and stir a few times before adding all the beer. Let reach the boiling point before turning down the heat a bit.

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The add chicken stock and milk and let simmer for 30-40 minutes before adding the shredded cheddar cheese. Taste and season with salt and pepper.Beer Cheese Soup 3

While the soup is simmering you can fry the bacon and make the rye croutons. Cut the bacon slices into smaller pieces and fry it. Use a fork or spoon to transfer the fried bacon to plate with paper towel – leave as much bacon fat on the pan as possible. Beer Cheese Soup 4

When all the bacon has been removed from the pan you can add the rye bread cubes to the bacon fat. Let fry until crisp and season with salt.Beer Cheese Soup 5

Remove the soup from the heat and blend it until smooth and thick. Put the lid on the sauce pan and let rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Garnish the soup with shredded cheddar cheese, bacon crisp and rye bread croutons and serve with a good glass of red wine 🙂

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Ingredients (6 servings)

900 g potatoes, peeled

3 large onions

2 tbsp. butter

4 tbsp. flour

1 tbsp. cayenne pepper

7.5 dl beer

5 dl chicken stock

7.5 dl whole milk

2.5 dl aged cheddar cheese, shredded

Salt & Pepper

 

Garnish

15 bacon slices

1.25 dl aged cheddar cheese, shredded

2 slices rye bread, cubed

Cold Buttermilk Soup

I don’t know the origins of cold buttermilk soup, but I know that the Danes eat quite a lot of it during the summer months. It can be bought pre-fabricated in different variations i all supermarkets. I love it just as much as everyone else, and thinks that it is the perfect summer dessert, but what I don’t understand is, why people buy pre-fabricated products when it only takes 5 minutes to make your own. And then you know what’s in it, instead of all the additives in the bought one.

It is best when served immediately, and as it only takes a few minutes to make it should be possilbe for everyone 🙂 Hope that you will enjoy it as much as I do!

If you would like soup to more creamy, you can replace one third or half of the buttermilk with yoghurt or soured whole milk, just remember to add more sugar too 🙂

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

4 egg yolks, pasteurized

4 tbsp. sugar

2 tsp. vanilla sugar

1/2 lemon, juice

4 cups butter milk

12 strawberries, sliced

 

Place egg yolks, sugar and vanilla sugar in a bowl and whisk until thick and light and all the sugar has dissolved.

Slowly add the buttermilk while whisking. Add lemon juice and whisk for a few seconds to combine.

Serve immediately with sliced strawberries 🙂

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Ingredients (4 servings)

4 egg yolks, pasteurized

4 tbsp. sugar

2 tsp. vanilla sugar

1/2 lemon, juice

1 liter butter milk

12 strawberries, sliced

 

Creamy Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwich

We are in the middle of March and the calendar show spring – so what the F..K is happening with snow outside our windows? We had planned an easter vacation outside on the terrace with a cold beer and some damn good barbecue….

Of cause we can still fire up in the grill, but it would definitely be more fun if we could stay outside for more than 30 minutes without getting to look like a snowman!

This creamy tomato soup is a favorite of ours on a cold and snowy (normally) winter day. It is quick and easy to prepare and taste is just amazing 🙂

If you are not that fond of chilies, you can leave them out or just add a bit at a time. Regarding the grilled cheese sandwich, it is a first choice as a supplement for the soup, but a good French baguette is also good if you will save some calories from the cheese (we don’t believe in low-fat food – instead we try to go the gym as often as possible :-D).

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

1/2 gallon canned tomatoes

2 tbsp. tomato paste

1 1/2 onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, chopped

2-3 red chilies, chopped

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. dried thyme

1/2 tsp. dried rosemary

1 tbsp. butter

1/2 cup cream

Salt

Pepper

 

8 pieces sandwich bread

4 slices cheddar cheese

1 tbsp. butter

 

Sauté the chopped onions, garlic, chilies and dried herbes in 1 tbsp. melted butter, for 3-5 minutes.

Add the canned tomatoes together with  tomato paste. Stir until combined and let cook at medium-low heat for approximately one hour.

Add cream and blend it all into a smooth and creamy mass. Season with salt and pepper. Let rest while making the grilled cheese sandwiches.

Spread one side of the bread with butter. Add one slice of cheese on the un-buttered side of every second bread slice. Top with remaining bread  – the buttered side out. Grill 2-3 minutes on each side. Serve with the slightly cooled tomato soup.

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Ingredients (4 servings)

5 tomato cans

2 tbsp. tomato paste

1 1/2 onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, chopped

2-3 red chilies, chopped

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. dried thyme

1/2 tsp. dried rosemary

1 tbsp. butter

1.25 dl cream

Salt

Pepper

8 pieces sandwich bread

4 slices cheddar cheese

1 tbsp. butter