“Soup is the song of the hearth….and the home.”
The saying goes ‘variety is the spice of life’ and that is what the culinary herbs and spices are all about. Adding effortless variety to your daily cooking.
Being a herb lover I don’t enjoy the winter months. But even I am comforted by the thought of curling up by a blazing fire with a bowl of hot, hearty, nutritious soup and a slab of crusty bread and herb butter. And if I can have a glass of gluhwein on the side – even the better.
See if you agree with the Staff at Allrecipes.com who said the following about the culinary characteristics of soup:
“Soup is a many-splendored thing; as soup, more than any other food, invite you to innovate and experiment, making something fabulous with what you’ve already got on your shelves.
Soup is the most improvisation-friendly food in the world. You can substitute, increase, decrease, exclude and include ingredients to your hearts content without fear of disaster.
A bowl of soup can be a stick-to-your-ribs kind of meal with a wonderful array of flavours, textures and nutrients from every food group. And soup can be hearty, healthy, and filling without being fattening.”
I especially like their descriptions of soup being a “stick-to-your-ribs kind of meal” and it being “the most improvisation-friendly food in the world.” Many a time, when making soup, I feel like a toddler in a candy store. Not knowing what to put in and what to leave out of the soup pot.
But there’s a lot more to soup than just being a “stick-to-your-ribs kind of meal”, it’s also a powerhouse of nutrition and healing properties.
“I’m sure that the tips and ideas, soup bouquets garnis, recipes and endless variations in this guide will make you the soup talk of the town.”
Use these tips and ideas to help stretch your food budget with one of the oldest and most nutritious, varied, and international of all dishes.
If you are serious about creating gourmet soups you’ll find these indispensable in your arsenal. We’ve also included a list of 36 popular soup flavourings.