Congrats! It’s the weekend! You made it. Perhaps you want to relax. If so, here’s a list of books you might be interested in reading: 2020 books: Feel-good reads with guaranteed happy endings – The Washington Post
Hey, it’s the pandemic: you could use some more upbeat reading material.
If you are not the relaxing type, why not check in on that friend you haven’t heard from lately and drop off some soup. Need convincing that it’s a good idea? Read this: Soup for a Friend | A Cup of Jo
Obviously homemade soup is great. But if you live in Calgary, consider getting some soup from my friend, Carmie. She’s a great cook, and you can order soup from her company, SpoonFed. Get some bread or crackers, too.
The weather is getting cooler and the days shorter. Good soup can help you and your friends.
(Top image from the Cup of Jo blog post. Bottom image from the SpoonFed site.)
Mostly good recipes, but some pieces lower down on food
- Sauces made simple: The Five Mother Sauces Every Cook Should Know, Five Sauces Everyone Should Know How to Make for Endless Meal Options, and 5 Sauces You Can Use on Everything – Cook Smarts.
- Good for fall:
- An Authentic, Maritime Fish Chowder | Laura Calder
- Lots of summer dishes here: Summer Express: 101 Simple Meals Ready in 10 Minutes or Less – NYTimes.com, here Caribbean Herb Grilled Fish and here 27 Summer Pasta Recipes
- Easy but great: Skillet roast chicken with veggies – The Globe and Mail
- A classic pasta recipe: Sicilian pasta – Chatelaine
- These look yummyBaked Vegetable Chips – Hither & Thither
- From David Lebovitz, Chicken bulgogi
- For vegetarian or those that want to be: 21 Vegetarian Burgers, Wraps, and Sandwiches to Make for Meatless Monday | Kitchn
- More cool weather food: Classic French Cassoulet Recipe – Bacon is Magic – The Best Food Around the World
- More soups! Sweet Potato Minestrone | A Cup of Jo
- These look fantastic: belgian brownie cakelets – smitten kitchen
- More D.L.: Tangerine Sorbet Recipe
- Easy but looks professional. Also tasty: Stacey Snacks: Healthy & Delicious: Cod Provencal
- For fall and winter too: Easy French Hot Chocolate | Chocolate & Zucchini
- Eat more greens with better vingaigrettes: An Easy Template for Citrus Vinaigrette, 5 Ways | Kitchn
- More Caribbean food from Chris: Roasted Tomato And Bacon Soup Recipe.
- Eat more grains: Apple Cider–Cooked Farro Recipe | Bon Appetit
- Make those herbs last: Why Freezing Is the Best Way to Preserve Cilantro | Kitchn
And now for some non-recipe related food links:
- What I learned not drinking for two years – Medium
- I hate food: For some of us, eating is just about sustenance – The Globe and Mail
- How to Start Cooking (Even If You Feel Doomed)
I have been fascinated by the idea of povera cucina. Here’s too links on it.
- POVERA CUCINA
- La Cucina Povera or the Kitchen of the Poor
(Image linked to is of chicken bulgogi from David Lebovitz.)
.. this: Minestrone Soup Recipe – Bon Appétit Recipe | Bon Appetit.
Purests would argue it isn’t minestrone at all. Let’s say it is in the style of a good minestrone, and it opens you up to make it with whatever you have and whatever you feel like.
This recipe calls for Sambal Oelek. If you don’t have it, but you have sriracha or chili-garlic sauce, then you are in business. (For a good run down on how each of those three sauces differ, see this.)
The web and food are made for each other. There are countless links to recipes, essays, reviews and photos of food. Out of all that, here is a small handful I found interesting over the last few months of surfing around. I hope you find one or two or even all of them interesting. Enjoy!
And this one from Food52 could be yours. Once you get in the habit of making minestrone, you can really adopt any set of vegetables and beans you have to make the soup you want. Don’t like cabbage? Don’t use it. Out of chickpeas (garbanzo beans)? Use something else. It may not strickly be minestrone if you do, but who cares: it will still be delicious. Needless to say, this is a great way to use up bits and pieces of vegetables in your crisper.
Some days you just want a simple meal for dinner. This soup with some bread, cheese and a salad could be just the thing. Make it even easier by picking up some roasted peppers and using them instead of roasting your own. You can deepen the flavour with some garlic or make it hotter with pepper sauce or even sriracha added in. Lots of ways to change this up and still make it delicious.
You can find the recipe here: Roasted red pepper and tomato soup recipe, from the good folks at Style At Home