It appears the online recipe for this soup has gone “poof”!
Nova Scotia is finally warming up a little, I even have mystery plants starting to sprout in my garden. When I read Tori‘s suggestion that the next foodie club challenge should be a baking one because soon summer will be here (which I totally agree with and am contemplating we do a group cookie bake) I realized that if I wanted to make one last soup before it warms up I better get to it!
I had picked up some beautiful red swiss chard and spinach (which you can see above in my salad spinner thingy) and then saw a great recipe using both ingredients in a soup on the Canadian Food Network Television show Christine Cushing Live called Creamy Greens Soup. With the weather warming up and fresher foods coming to the grocery store, I am more dedicated than ever to getting healthy veggies in my diet so I thought, what the heck? Let’s make one last soup!
What I like about Christine’s recipe is that it is a very traditional soup, a great one for beginner cooks. First, you sautee onions, carrots and celery which are the aromatics of the soup. Christine uses leeks as well but I didn’t have any so I skipped it. After ten minutes you add the garlic for a little while and then add the herbs and stock. Bring to a boil on medium heat and then she added some rice but I added a chopped potato to thicken the soup with its starch. Because these vegetables are a lot tougher than the greens, you let them cook for 25 minutes and THEN you add the swiss chard and spinach until wilted. From there you blend it up (make sure to cover the blender with a dish towel because soups tend to explode in there) and then add some cream.
I used a light cream but then made up for it with a dollop of light sour cream. This was a beauitful soup. So earthy, deep and lovely. You could feel the vitamins in it and it was so flavourful. In order to absorb the iron, I made a smoothie with lots of vitamin C to go with it to make sure all those vitamins and minerals in the soup don’t go to waste.
Next I may explore the world of cold soups! I think soups are one of the greatest treats in life. They are nourishing and loving to the body, all that earthy goodness broken down into its pure essence for us to savour without guilt. Soup is a beautiful food.