Soup – good food?

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Campbell’s had it right when they launched their direct, simple “Soup is good food” slogan. (Not to be confused with the Dead Kennedys’ “Soup is Good Food”.)

What they had wrong was that the stuff they sell in tins cannot really compare to real soup or real food. The gelatinous slugs and glugs of “cream of mushroom” just cannot be called soup or food. And most of the more, um, liquefied (?) soups are more like a salt lick in fluid form.

Homemade soup is simple and possibly the best thing ever. End of story.

I don’t cook for myself much but when I do, it is almost always soup because soup is just amazing.

My favorites are my Thai red curry roasted carrot soup and lately a creamy roasted broccoli curry soup. (I tried my hand using a recipe for broccoli soup quite a long time ago, but I would go with the other one with roasted broccoli.)

In these blustery, snowbound days of winter, there is nothing finer.

I can't resist - broccoli curry soup

I can’t resist – broccoli curry soup

Last-minute broccoli soup – It was fun but now it’s done

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Okay so never mind it was fun. But now it’s done.

“When you told me that you loved me, I gave my heart to you, and I wondered if there could be any truth in love so new – I was lost in a fool’s paradise, good and lost in a fool’s paradise.”
-Buddy Holly – “Fool’s Paradise

Deal with the hunger and the blah and the sense of foolishness with piles of fresh broccoli!

Throw a bunch of broccoli florets in a roasting pan with some chopped red onions and a bit of olive oil. Roast for about 20 minutes at 170C. Meanwhile boil about two cups of water with one vegetable bouillon cube. Throw in some chopped garlic, a half teaspoon of ground coriander, a teaspoon of curry powder and a dash of garam masala. Let that mixture simmer until the broccoli is ready. When the broccoli is soft and roasted, throw it and the onion into the simmering pan. Let it simmer for about ten minutes.

Blend the soup until smooth and add coconut milk.

It turned out amazingly. As soup goes.

Play with the measurements to get the flavor you like.