Winter is coming. And with it comfort food. Lots and lots of comfort food. Cooking during winter is just so much better for so many reasons, but the best one of all being how wonderful it can make you feel on a cold night. One thing that features a lot in my household is vegetable soups. They’re so quick and easy to prepare, and are something we all enjoy. Even my vegetable-hating sister will sit down to a veggie soup.
Something else that features in my kitchen a lot is coriander, or cilantro as some of my international readers will know it as. My local fruit shop typically sells massive bunches of them as a three for $2.50 deal. It’s so extremely cheap in comparison to any supermarket that I can’t help but bring the trio home with me every time I go shopping. It can make it difficult to use it all before it spoils, so this recipe is one of a few I turn to when I have a lot to use. It has all the ease of a standard vegetable soup made special with the addition of fresh coriander and a handful of Moroccan spices.
I've spent months complaining about the heat and the humidity and the fires. As we crawled through the beginning of Autumn, the weather remained unrelentingly and record-breakingly hot. Then, suddenly, Melbourne appeared to become sick of at all as well. In the last week the weather plummeted below 30°C and even granted us a whole bunch of rain and storms to go with it. I had lots of fun dancing around in summer dresses remembering what it felt like to be cold once more. It was a welcome feeling, indeed.
Something else we collectively rejoiced was the return of warm, hearty meals. Dinners have been focussed around finding refreshing-feeling meals to help us get through the heat. Now, touch wood, we can return to just eating whatever we enjoy.
This soup is one such meal…
This week I found a moment to complete my next cook book challenge. As mentioned in Week 33, I have a few books published by Philidelphia that were freebies in the grocery shop. They're all fairly mouth-watering books with a huge variety of recipes. This week's recipe comes from "Simply Heaven: Volume 2".
I love home made gnocchi, but rarely do I make it. I find it time consuming so I have to be motivated enough to make it. When I do find said motivation, though, it is incredibly rewarding.
I usually make it with regular potatoes, but this recipe provided a new take on the classic. As soon as I saw it I just needed to try it.
Recipe after the jump…
The fact that up until now I have never had cashew soup of any description is a big mistake on my part. Cashews are one of my favourite things in the world, and now so is this soup.
Grab a bowl…