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Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup

This is probably considered the simplest, most everyday family meal in Greek families. Even then, a simple dish can have its secrets. Equally loved and loved by children, this starchy soup brings back childhood memories as a comforting and filling dish. Although soaking lentils is […]

“Youvarlakia” soup with meat dumplings & yogurt

“Youvarlakia” soup with meat dumplings & yogurt

Youvarlakia is a traditional Greek soup featuring meat dumplings with rice and an “avgolemono” (egg and lemon) sauce. I had never tasted them growing up in Greece, since my expat Irish mom didn’t even know them. As I have no childhood memories, I felt quite […]

Pumpkin soup with Ginger

Pumpkin soup with Ginger

While chicken soup is the consolation prize during the winter’s viruses, this pumpkin soup is for cold blustery days, that feeling you might be coming down with something, even to cheer you up with its vivid color and its sweet and spicy taste, guaranteed to brighten the dark winter months.

In our house there is always homemad bone broth hanging around the kitchen, sometimes simmering for hours on the hob, others counting days down in the fridge, always waiting patiently in the freezer. Our magic kitchen genie always ready to to impart flavour and enrich all our dishes. This soup does not ask for much, a few roughly chopped vegetables and some broth, prepped in 5-10 minutes and then gently simmering away. It’s very simple, but so very rewarding.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil or olive oil
  • 800 gr pumpkin or butternut squash, roughly chopped
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 leek, roughly chopped
  • 4 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger grated or 1 tbsp dried
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 pinch of cumin
  • 1.5 liters of homemade broth
  • Salt, pepper
  • For serving: crème fraîche or yogurt

In a large pot, sauté the of onion, leek and carrots in oil over a high heat for 5′. Add the pumpkin and spices and stir well. Sauté for another 2′ and then add the broth. Cover and simmer for 40 ‘ until the carrots are well softened. Blend until smooth with an immersion blender. Season with salt and pepper and let it simmer for 3 minutes.

Serve with rustic bread and a spoonful of crème fraîche or yogurt.

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup

If it’s a tad too sophisticated for your little one’s palate, try using a pasta shape they know and like, for a fresh look…

Maria’s Chicken Soup

Maria’s Chicken Soup

Our daughter did not seem interested in any type of food as a toddler, until she tried this soup at my friend Maria’s home, who graciously shared her recipe. It’s been part of our family menu ever since.