I've been soup most Wednesday nights for a long time now--a year or two maybe. There is something so comforting about a bowl of soup and having leftovers for lunch. Today I was home with Rainer and had the chance to do a long-cooking soup (instead of my usual quick soup) and try a new bread recipe. I truly love the homey feeling of having soup simmering on the stove while I go about other things!
The new bread recipe is Hanna's. (Just look for it on her sidebar--"no knead bread"). It has a mixture of white and whole wheat with whole oats and flax seed meal. I've been admiring her grainy looking breads so decided to try her recipe at last.
This is the Goodness Soup from Clean Food. The book is one I impulsively pre-ordered last spring, and when I got it I saw that most of the recipes are not ones I'd make because they call for so many ingredients that are unfamiliar and I don't have. I'm trying to simplify, not complicate, you know? But I love the look and idea of the book, so I decided to salvage the situation by seeking out recipes that make use of more familiar ingredients and substitute for the rest. And this soup turned out great! It's thick and hearty with lentils, barley, beans (I used canned) and mushrooms. The only complaint from my little mushroom lover (Rainer) was that the mushrooms were chopped too small and he couldn't find them!
The bread is delcious as well. What I like about the recipe is that you can throw in whatever you want, including seeds and nuts. And you don't have to knead it!
We are still enjoying our homemade jams from the summer--we have tons of it, even after giving it as gifts . . .This one is nectarine--a particularly good one.
I surely don't have time to type out this long recipe (and couldn't find a link, unfortunately) but here are some links to some of my favorite tried and true soups:
Black Bean Soup (very fast and easy for a weeknight or a quick lunch--love this recipe)
Rustic Lentil Soup (a newer favorite here)
North Woods Bean soup (an old Cooking Light favorite I've made again and again)
Mushroom and Barley soup (we've only made this once, actually, but I'm looking forward to making it again to please Rainer with all those mushrooms!)
Zucchini Soup (looking forward to summer for this one)