Fireside Mushroom Soup

When the days are short, and cabin fever is at its peak, a walk in the woods does wonders for the soul.  The brilliant green of the hanging moss, the leaves from last fall finally composting away, and the mosses creeping over stones and fallen logs are great reminders that we live in a rainforest. …

Pea Soup with Ham

A hearty bowl of pea soup can turn a day around.  Working outside during the month of February can be bone chilling cold.  We do get the odd “day lent”, when the sun pours down and reminds us of the spring that’s right around the corner.  Usually though, it’s wet with the occasional snow flurry. …

Mushroom Barley Soup

Barley & Mushrooms are great companion foods.  In a risotto type dish, stew, or soup, they have a restful flavour, reminiscent of a walk in the misty forest of late fall.  Scotch Broth and Oxtail soup are similar soups except that they require meat and several more ingredients.  This is a very simple soup, usually…

Winter Soup with Potatoes, White Beans & Cumin

A number  of years ago, I catered a family event where all the siblings were in their sixties, and they hadn’t all seen each other for years.  They had planned a wonderful weekend together using Thetis as their base.  One evening they gathered for a simple, progressive meal before they watched a DVD of their…

Creamed Brussels Sprouts Soup

Our neighbouring farmer called today, looking for any sort of meat grinder that could make short work of the pig fat she had on hand, in preparation for rendering.  I had an old rotary model that had made many shepherd’s pies in the past, and lovely lamb for moussaka.  She came over to pick it…