Soup, spoons & nothing more

by MsNickel on November 30, 2011

As the days grow short, some faces grow long.  But not mine.  Every  autumn, when the wind     turns cold and darkness comes early, I am suddenly happy. It’s time to start making soup again.

~Leslie Newman

I am sure that there are things better than a bowl of homemade soup, but at this time I am hard pressed to figure out what they are.

I love soup. They speak to me of comfort & caring. You cannot really “throw together” any of them. You have to think about how each of the flavors will marry to the other, what dance will they do in the pot, how will they smell in the bowl.

The combinations, and results are endless. You can make a soup out of anything. Really, I know. Soup is the friend of anyone on a budget, or anyone that hates waste. I learned from my Mother that soup could deify a badly cooked chicken, and not everything needed to be told about how the meal evolved. Sometimes mistakes make the best meals.

So, we begin: #Souperbowl. What began as funny conversation on twitter has evolved into what will surely be a fun everybody wins challenge for as many cooks that want to join. For those that don’t know, there is a National Soup Swap day every year, you can read about the one the darling daughter (AKA Former Chef)  hosted  last year here. We will be doing another this year.

I refuse to believe that trading recipes is silly.  Tuna fish casserole is at
least as real as corporate stock.

~Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

#SouperBowl 2011-2012 will work something like this : starting with this post, and then every other Wednesday someone will post the cultural pick and the 3 special ingredients to be used, and 1 week later (the following Wednesday) you can post ( if you want) & compare recipes and notes. The rules are simple–and few:

  1. The soup has to be based in the ethno-cultural background picked
  2. You must use the 3 extra ingredients that were chosen for that week in the soup.

I have made a list of ingredients, but please feel free to email me and I will add anything you like.

almonds, anchovies, apples, apricots, asparagus, balsamic vinegar, basil, beans, beer, beetroot, beef,berries, bloodoranges, brandy, bread, broccolini, brown sugar, butter milk, cabbage, candied orange peel,capers, carrots, cashew nuts, cheese, cherries, chicken, chickpeas, chocolate, cinnamon, cloves,corn, cornmeal, couscous, cranberries, cream, currants,dark chocolate, dried dates, tomatoes, duck, eggplant, eggs, fennel, figs, fish, fresh chillies, garlic, ginger, gooseberries, grapes, bell pepper, green tea, green tomatoes, honey, horseradish, leeks, lemon, lentils, lettuce, lime, mangoes, milk, mint, mushrooms, nectarines, olives, oysters, parmesan cheese, passionfruit, pasta, peaches, pine nuts, pineapple, plums, pork, prawns, pumpkin, quail, queso fresco, raisins, Ricotta, rocket, rosemary, Rutabaga, saffron, salami, salsicce, shrimp, spring onions, squash, strawberries, sweet potato, tofu, tuna, wasabi, yogurt,vanilla

So the first #SouperBowl Challenge : You can see how I chose the ingredients below.  My method was studiously low tech.  Printed out the list, cut it up and throw it into a box. I let the cat choose, ( he kicked them all around for a while as cats do). The results are the ones that flew out of the box. The soup is a bowl of turkey, mashed potato dumpling soup I made for dinner.

Your mission is simple:

Culture: Italian, of course!

Special Ingredients: Beans, eggplant,  orange peel

Post & share your results on December 7, 2011.

Next challenge will be out on December 14, 2011   Links to everyone’s elses recipes will be posted.

Bring a bowl & a spoon!


Janis November 30, 2011 at 7:19 am

I love you. That is all. Carry on.

Kathy Gori November 30, 2011 at 2:02 pm

So let me get this straight..Italian,…..must have beans, eggplant, orange peel? Post results by Dec7?

MsNickel November 30, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Yes, yes, yes got it all right

SofritoGringo November 30, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Like Janis, I feel I love you too right now… having the cat help choose was brilliant because I bet he’s not at all partial to any ingredient. Except tuna. However, I’m gonna have to use an alternative to orange peel because The Boy and I are allergic. We can do all other citrus (including tangerines & mandarins), just no regular orange. I’m also allergic to most nuts… can we have a caveat about allergies and finding acceptable subs for ingredients? I’ve found that I love roasted pepitas as a sub for many of the nuts I’m allergic to.

Can you add pepitas to the ingredient list while I go dig out my Italian cookbooks? I don’t think I’ve ever thought of eggplant in soup, this will be an interesting challenge :)

MsNickel November 30, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Yes…why not use tangerine? And pepitas are added!

angela@spinachtiger December 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Great idea. How do I find out about the next one?

MsNickel December 7, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Check Twitter for #souperbowl hash tag on December 14th. You will find whoever is posting the next challenge then. And make sure you go to and to see their soup posts from today. My soup post will be up later. tonight. I hope you come back and see it! Better yet, subscribe and you won’t miss it.

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