Coconut Curry Rice Noodle Soup

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Coconut Curry Noodle Soup

Cruising around in County Cook,
Passing land The Fire took.

Back on foot to walk The Loop,
Cold and tired. Need some soup.

So many places on The Mile,
Magnificent! Adorned in style.

But I don’t need a big “to-do”,
Just a seat and spoon and loo. :)

I find it at a Noodle House,
So good it was I must espouse.

Go there for some curry soup,
Your energy you will recoup.

I liked this soup so much that I came home and re-created it the very next day.  It has just the right amount of heat from the chili pepper flakes and it’s not too creamy as I use mostly chicken broth and coconut milk instead of heavy cream.

Coconut Curry Rice Noodle Soup

1/4 cup olive oil

1 medium yellow onion

2 pkgs baby bella mushrooms, sliced

3 T yellow curry powder

2 tsp. turmeric

1 1/2 tsp. coarse salt

1/2 – 1 tsp. chili pepper flakes (to taste)

2 large chicken breasts, sliced into thin bite-sized pieces

1 48 oz container chicken broth

1 can coconut milk

3 cups baby spinach

1/4 cup cilantro (optional)

1 small pkg flat rice noodles

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

In a pot, saute the onions and mushrooms in olive oil.  Immediately add the curry, turmeric and chili pepper flakes so the flavors release and there is no gritty residual from the powder.  Let the vegetables tenderize for about 10-15 minutes on low.

Increase the heat to medium high and add the chicken. Cook for about 8 minutes or until cooked through. Add the spinach and give it a quick stir before adding the chicken broth and coconut milk. Bring to a soft boil with lid off and then turn heat off.

Add uncooked rice noodles to pot and gently stir once. Let sit for 5 minutes or until al dente. Add tomatoes. Serves 6.

Roasted Potato Leek Soup

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Outside cold, a blustery, muddy goop.
Inside warm, a calming, hearty soup.

The Barefoot Contessa’s Roasted Potato Leek Soup
Why mess with perfection?  There is nothing to add to this delicious soup that would make it any better. Just one thing, make sure to clean the leeks thoroughly, otherwise you’ll be eating dirt soup. Make that two things, 6-7 cups of stock is a lot of liquid. I didn’t use that much, especially since the recipe also calls for heavy cream and creme fraiche. Wait, one more thing. A little bit of this soup goes a long way!

FOR THE SOUP

2 lbs Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch chunks

4 cups leeks, white and light green parts, cleaned well (4 leeks)

1/4 cup good olive oil

Kosher Salt and Coarse  Pepper

3 cups Baby Arugula, lightly packed

1/2 cup Dry White Wine, plus extra for serving

6-7 cups Chicken Stock

3/4 cup Heavy Cream

8 ounces Creme Fraiche

1/4 cup Freshly Grated Parmesan, plus extra for garnish

Crispy Shallots (see below)

Preheat oven to 400.

Combine the potatoes and leeks on a sheet pan in a single layer.  Add the olive oil, 1 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. pepper and toss to coat the vegetables evenly.  Roast for 40-45 minutes turning them with a spatula a few times until they are very tender.

Add the arugula and toss to combine.  Roast 5 more minutes.

(Ina’s Recipe is a little different here but this worked perfectly well) Place the vegetables in a pot and make sure to scrape up the crispy roasted bits, stir in the wine and 1 cup of chicken stock.  Cook over low heat for a few minutes.

Unless you have an Immersion Blender, which is so much easier, transfer the roasted vegetables to a food processor fitted with a steel blade, adding the liquid and about 5 cups of the chicken stock to make a puree.  Pour the puree back into the pot or large dutch oven.  Continue to puree the vegetables in batches until they’re all done.  Add enough of the remaining 1-2 cups of stock to make a thick soup.

Add the heavy cream, creme fraiche, 2 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. pepper and taste for seasoning.

When ready to serve, reheat the soup and gently whisk in 2 T of white wine and 1/4 cup Parmesan.  Serve hot with extra Parmesan and crispy shallots.

FOR THE SHALLOTS

1 1/2 cups Olive oil

3 T butter

5-6 shallots, peeled and sliced into thin rings

Heat the oil and butter in a pan over medium-low heat.  Reduce the heat to low, add the shallots and cook 30-40 minutes until rich golden brown.  Stir them ocasionally to make sure they brown evenly. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon, drain well and spread out to cool on a paper towel.  Once they have dried and crisped, they can be stored at room temperature, covered, for several days.

Serves 6-8.

CHEESY BREAD, CABBAGE & KALE SOUP

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Great food is more than just a meal,
It’s who you’re with and how you feel.

This soup was rustic, tasty, fine,
Great friends to share with made it divine. :)

This is Jamie Oliver’s Recipe for Italian Bread and Cabbage Soup with Sage Butter.  It is comforting and filling, and perfect for a winter’s night.  I made very few changes to the recipe.  I used anchovy paste instead of fillets, which I added after the bacon was adequately cooked.  After all the cheese (I’m sure I used more than the recipe called for) I could not bring myself to add butter on top of it all.  I’m sure it would have been lovely but I can assure you it was delicious without the butter.

As Jamie suggests, I layered this soup in a casserole dish but, if I were to do it again, I would prepare it in separate ramekins.

After layering, I would suggest keeping any leftover broth –  you may need extra to serve with each bowl.

Thanks to Gina at BowlLicker for so much fun in the kitchen.

RECIPE PER JAMIE OLIVER

  • 3 quarts good-quality chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 Savoy cabbage, stalks removed, outer leaves separated, washed and roughly chopped
  • 2 big handfuls cavolo nero and/or kale, stalks removed, leaves washed
  • and roughly chopped
  • About 16 slices stale country-style or sourdough bread
  • 1 clove garlic, unpeeled, cut in 1/2
  • Olive oil
  • 12 to 14 slices pancetta or bacon
  • 1 (4-ounce) can anchovy fillets, in oil
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves picked
  • 7 ounces fontina cheese, grated
  • 5 ounces freshly grated Parmesan, plus a little for serving
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Couple large knobs butter
  • Small bunch fresh sage, leaves picked

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Bring the stock to the boil in a large saucepan and add the cabbage, cavolo nero and/or kale. Cook for a few minutes until softened (you may have to do this in 2 batches). Remove the cabbage to a large bowl, leaving the stock in the pan.

Toast all but 5 of the bread slices on a hot griddle pan or in a toaster, then rub them on 1 side with the garlic halves, and set aside.

Next, heat a large 4-inch-deep ovenproof casserole-type pan on the stove top, pour in a couple of glugs of olive oil and add your pancetta and anchovies. When the pancetta is golden brown and sizzling, add the rosemary and cooked cabbage and toss to coat the greens in all the lovely flavors. Put the mixture and all the juices back into the large bowl.

Place 4 of the toasted slices in the casserole-type pan, in 1 layer. Spread over 1/3 of the cabbage leaves, sprinkle over a 1/4 of the grated fontina and Parmesan and add a drizzle of olive oil. Repeat this twice, but don’t stress if your pan’s only big enough to take layers – that’s fine. Just pour in all the juices remaining in the bowl and end with a layer of untoasted bread on top. Push down on the layers with your hands.

Pour the stock gently over the top until it just comes up to the top layer. Push down again and sprinkle over the remaining fontina and Parmesan. Add a good pinch of salt and pepper and drizzle over some good-quality olive oil. Bake in the preheated oven for around 30 minutes, or until crispy and golden on top.

When the soup is ready, divide it between your bowls. Melt the butter in a frying pan and quickly fry the sage leaves until they’re just crisp and the butter is lightly golden (not burned!). Spoon a bit of the flavored butter and sage leaves over the soup and add another grating of Parmesan. Such a great combo!


LEBNIA – An Acquired Taste?

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Labnia

An acquired taste this should not be,
This soupy flavor is heavenly.

Yogurt mixed with creamy butter,
Will set your taste buds all aflutter.

Kibbe balls spiced just right,
Spoon one up in every bite.

For density a cup of rice,
For garnishment some mint is nice.

Outside the box? Perhaps a bit,
But have a bowl and you’ll admit…

This medley is a notch above,
One you don’t need time to love.


This Lebnia recipe is from my late Aunt Margaret. She was one of the best Lebanese cooks in our family. Everything she served was fresh and home-made. I especially remember the bread she used to bake in the oven out in her garage, her delicious pie crusts and this fantastic soup. As far as I know, my Aunt Margaret was the only one in the family who made it.  For me,  her memory will always be attached to this delicious, comforting soup.

Photo Courtesy of Street Gourmet LA and Hayat's Kitchen in Los Angeles

For the Kibbe

1lb. ground London broil or top sirloin (have butcher grind for you)
1 small red onions quartered
1/2 small red bell pepper (seeded)

1/2 heaping cup #1 cracked wheat (soaked in warm water for approx. 15 minutes)
1 TBS ground allspice
1 TBS ground cumin
1/2 TBS Kosher Salt (approx.)

For the Soup

1 egg, beaten well
1 Qt. regular plain yogurt
3 1/2 cups water
1 cup white rice
1 tsp. kosher salt (or to taste)
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped and fried in olive oil

Directions

In a food processor, add quartered onions, mint and red bell pepper.  Mix until pureed.  Place meat in a large mixing bowl. Add pureed mixture,  allspice, cumin, salt and pepper.  Mix well (preferably by hand.)  Add the cracked wheat.  Mix well.  Add additional seasonings if needed to taste.  This is called KIBBE and can be eaten just as it is with olive oil, pita bread and fresh onions.

For this recipe, however, form 2 TBS of kibbe mixture into a football shape.  Stuff each piece with a pat of butter.  Place on tray and freeze.

In a large pot, add yogurt, water and egg and whisk over low heat.  Add rice and salt. When it comes to a slow rolling boil, add the frozen kibbe balls and cook on low for about 20-30 minutes. Do not cook with the top on the pot or the soup may curdle.  Garnish with fried, salted mint. Serves 6.