The growing season is coming to a close and the days are getting colder. We still have local potatoes and leeks so I decided to make some Potato Leek Soup with Bacon. Because everything is better with bacon! But there’s something else that makes soups and stews better and I’m adding that too.
My sister and I used to take the train to Toronto when we were teenagers and we’d shop at the Eaton Centre. Then, when our money ran out we would head up to Mr. Greenjeans and have a bowl of our favourite menu item, Mushroom Cheddar Chowder. It’s been a long time since I’ve been there but I’ve never forgotten this delicious soup! I wonder if that restaurant is still there…..
When it’s too hot to turn on the oven and even too hot to stand outside in front of a barbecue, the solution is Easy Thai Chicken Noodle Bowl. This Thai chicken soup is so easy it’s ridiculous. It takes minutes to put together and that hit of heat is perfect for a hot day. You could call this a soup. Or a noodle bowl. That depends on how much or little broth you use in relation to the other ingredients. And you can customize it by using whatever vegetables you want.
Local asparagus has arrived! Once the season starts we eat tons of it! And lucky for us there’s a farm a few minutes away where we can buy it freshly cut. Roasted Garlic and Asparagus Soup doesn’t actually contain any cream or flour. Instead, I used a couple potatoes to give it the creamy thick texture. If you don’t like the idea of a puréed soup you can leave out that final step. No big deal. It will taste exactly the same.
Some days you really need comfort food. My day started with a very early drive to rescue my son whose car was broken down an hour away. The unexpected road trip threw me off a bit so making this classic French Onion Soup was a perfect way to relax. The process of thinly slicing onions and slowly cooking them until they were perfectly caramelized was very therapeutic. And some days you just need a good cry! Honestly, it was the onions….