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Harissa, Kale and Chickpea Spicy Soup Recipe

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Soup season is upon us. Say goodbye to summer and warm fall days.  I welcome the change with open arms and a big appetite.  As the days get colder and colder, the foods we want to eat are different.  We start to crave comfort foods to provide us with warmth throughout the late fall and winter.  We have enterered the days when it gets dark before 5 o’clock in the afternoon,  and we need warm hats, scarfs, boots etc.  This also means soups, stews, chili, and other comfort  foods we eat less of  in the summer.  Dishes made with root vegetables, grains, legumes.  Simple food to warm the body and soothe the soul.

Although we can get pretty much any fruit or vegetable all year round, it is nice to try and focus on the local vegetables that are around in the winter.   There is still a lot of local produce at the market right now; a plethora of different squashes, potatoes, carrots, beets, parsnips, celery roots, jerusalem artichokes, leeks, turnips, apples.  Some of these local foods are available all year round thanks to their incredible ability to last a long time if stored properly. Continue reading

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Roasted Sweet Potato, Carrot & Celery Root Soup Recipe

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This soup is guaranteed to be a hit. It is incredibly easy to make and so good.  Roasting the veggies ahead of time really gives this soup a wonderful sweetness that you wouldn’t get otherwise.

There are very few ingredients in this recipe which really allows the flavour of the 3 main ingredients to shine through in all their roasted glory.

The soup came about because I had a sweet potato and celery root that needed to be used up.  Soups are a great way to use up produce in your fridge.  You never know what great creations will come about.

Some end up better than others.  This is one of those better ones that is definitely a keeper.

Give it a try and see for yourself.

Roasted Sweet Potato, Carrot & Celery Root Soup

1 medium sweet potato, cut in chunks
1 medium celery root (celeriac), approximately 200g after being trimmed, trimmed and chopped
2 cups chopped carrots, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
a few sprigs fresh thyme
5-6 cups vegetable broth
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil

Preheat oven to 450F.

Place the sweet potato, carrots, and celery root in a roasting pan and drizzle with olive oil.

Roast for approximately 45 minutes stirring a few times.  The veggies should have a nice golden colour to them.

In a stock pot, combine onions and garlic with a little bit of olive oil and sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes until the onions become soft and translucent.  Season with some salt and pepper.

Add the roasted veggies to the pot with the thyme leaves removed from their stems.  Mix everything around  and allow to cook for a few minutes like this.

Add 5 cups of vegetable broth to the pot, cover, and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 25-30 minutes.

Remove from heat and  allow to cool for 15 minutes before you puree with a hand blender or an upright blender.

Add a little bit more vegetable broth if the soup is too thick for your liking.

Taste and season with salt and pepper if necessary.

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Celery Root, Leek, & Potato Soup

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Celery root is one gnarly looking vegetable. Looks weird and intimidating.  However living in Quebec it is a local vegetable we can buy all winter. A great reason to get to know celery root a little better.

It is great in soups, mashed, or even salads.  As we live through the last few cold days here in Montreal, I decided to make one last soup to warm me up. Like most soups this is so easy to make. Continue reading

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Roasted Pepper & Sweet Potato Soup

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What better to make you feel good inside then a warm bowl of soup on a cold, cloudy Sunday?

Especially this sweet and fiery roasted pepper and sweet potato soup. I hadn’t planned to make soup, let alone this soup. Let me tell you I was happy I did though. It was more about using whatever ingredients I had on hand to make something delicious. Isn’t this what making soup is often about? Continue reading

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Sage & Garlic Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale & White Bean Soup

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Sticky sweet caramelized goodness. Are you salivating yet? If not, then the smell of the butternut squash roasting in the oven with sage and garlic most defnitely will get you to.  

If you have friends over they will be begging you to let them eat it straight out of the oven.  It smells and tastes that good.  There is a risk that the squash never makes it into this soup. Stay strong. The result is worth it.

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