Sunday, January 24, 2010

Last Week of January

Can you believe's the last week of January... .it's crazy how fast time is going by? Is it just me, or do you feel the same?
We as a family really enjoy our soups, not only in the winter months but any time of year. We have our favourites, and sometimes I'm brave and try something new. With three children ranging in ages from 7 to 13, you get a pretty quick idea as to what soups are "acceptable" and which are not. This soup below is a family favourite. It is a take on the Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana, which was given to me by a friend,who got it on line. If you would like to make it you need; 1lb of Italian sausage sauted with 1 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper::add one large onion died and 2tsp crushed garlic, saute until soft::add 10 cups of water and 5 cubes of chicken boullion(i used chicken stock)::add 3 large potatoes cut into pieces::cook until potatoes are soft::add one cup of heavy cream, heat thoughouly::add cut up kale just before serving::delicious!

The next soup was a new one that I tried, it came from this book which was given to me by a friend. It's called Red Lentil and Carrot Soup. To make it you need;1 cup of chopped onion,3 garlic cloves minced and saute until onions are soft::add 1 tsp of coriander, 1tsp cumin,1/4 tsp tumeric, cayenne to taste::stir to combine::add 1 2/3 cup of lentils(i used green ones, that's what we had on hand),7 cups of chicken stock, and bring to a boil:simmer gently::add 5 carrots diced, 1 red pepper finely chopped::add 1/4 cup chopped green onions, fresh cut cilantro, about a handful, and salt and pepper to taste::serve soup withcrumbled feta cheese, and cilantro spigs::enjoy!

I started knitting these for a friend. We have a sign in our house that says, " If you want the best seat in the house, move the cat"....ha, this technically is my spot!!

Have a good week!


  1. Cat love knitting. No idea why - but mine do the same thing!

  2. mmm, january is the best month for soup. my daughter loves lentil soup... i will definitely try this recipe, thanks!

  3. Oh thanks for the recipe! There is nothing like a pot of soup going on the stove in the winter to make things better.

  4. your soups look delicious! we're making a lot of soup right now as well- potato cheddar and taco soup.

  5. must. make. lentil. soup.
    and homemade bread.
    and more cookies. and then more. and then more.
    cause january will be over SOON!

  6. I totally understand the cat comment - Willow is really not a cat she's more of a bum attachment!

  7. I love soup...I've currently got a pot of chicken noodle brewing on the stove...your both look so good. have fun knitting!