Thursday, 21 July 2011


Do you guys love soup?

I love soup. I’m not just saying that so you’ll like me, or because I love the movie “Best In Show”, either.

 I really love soup.

Soup is what I want to eat after I run, no matter how sweaty I am. I want soup.

I used to really like Baxter’s Winter Squash and Carrot soup, but when they “new and Improved” the recipe, I found it to be thin and tasting not unlike old vase water. They don’t even sell the new version any more. Silly Baxter’s!  So now I’m into Campbell’s V8 Broccoli soup.

I also really like Campbell’s Chunky Beef soup – you know, the soup that eats like a meal. And I eat the whole can - none of this one can makes 2 servings crap. My mom…. She’s so funny… she says to me “You don’t have to eat the whole can, sweetie”. Ha ha ha, mom. Yes. Yes I DO have to eat the whole can.  Seniors are so hilarious with the things they believe.

My Dad used to love Royal Cauliflower soup – Royal because it was from someone who used to cook for The Queen. (I don’t know where is appeared originally, but it is not my recipe. If I find out I’ll let you know).  It was mostly cream with a little cauliflower thrown in for manners. Here is the recipe:

Royal Cauliflower and Coriander Soup

4 T Butter
1 medium cauliflower
1 medium potato, cut up
1 medium onion, cut up
2 C chicken broth
2 C milk (probably full-fat milk)
1 t ground coriander
salt and pepper

Melt butter in a large pot. Sweat vegetables in butter, covered, until soft – about 5 minutes. Add all other ingredients except for the milk and cook until very soft. Transfer mixture to blender and add milk. Puree. Add a swirl of cream and sprinkle with parsley. Serve hot or cold.

My Mom makes a Weight Watcher’s soup that you can eat by the vat full for no “points”. Still, she eats maybe 1 cup full at a time. I laugh at her small soup capacity. I’m my father’s girl.

I’ve tried all kinds of brands in my search for the perfect soup. Imagine’s Organic Butternut Squash soup is so awful that I poured it down the sink without taking a second spoonful. 

While living in London, I became addicted to New Covent Garden’s Carrot and Coriander soup. I bought their cookbook when I moved back to Canada, but it didn’t turn out the same. 

Tomato soup MUST have crackers. Campbell’s is fine, but I’m always in the market for a new tomato soup. Suggestions?

Brian likes Baxter’s Bacon and Lentil soup.

 He also likes Primo brand soups, which I have tried and find them to taste like old tomatoes pureed with old man sweat and pickled egg brine. Not nice. Brian and I are so different in our taste of soups. It’s a wonder we’re still married after 6 months. We do not speak of it.

A caveat, because there is always a caveat: I do not like fish soup. Every weekend Brian and I go to the same pub for our date night dinner and every time the soup of the day is clam chowder. I’ve complained. For years, people, of going there every week. Finally, this past week, they changed it to Spicy Black Bean and Chicken soup. I wasn’t in the mood for soup. Damn it.

My friend Jane likes fish soup. Eww. She’s weird. Likes children and art, too. Totally weird.

What kind of soup do you like?


  1. i really love good ol' chicken noodle soup, el. home-made, that is.

    turkey soup made from the carnage we call thanksgiving or christmas is also a fave. heck, sometimes i buy those roasted chickens at the supermarket just to toss the damned thing in a pot of water and convert it to soup.

    like you, i have a super-high capacity for this healthy liquid-y goodness.

    thanks for asking! jules

  2. I love making soups and love my homemade chicken,lemon, spinach and rice soup, my tomato veggie soup and my lentil fennel soup. Too bad it's too hot out for soup today!

  3. I don't like fish soup either.


  4. After reading your blog I had to rush to the kitchen and heat up a tub of Weight Watcher vegetable soup. So good.
    I fondly remember the cans of vegetable soup we bought at Hart's Grocery on Holland Park. Dad and I had strep throat, and all we could eat was that veg soup and Chunky Monkey ice cream. For days.
    Then when we felt a little better we went to a tiny Spanish restaurant and had bowls of hot, spicy soup. That was our Thanksgiving dinner.
    I seldom eat creamed soup. The calories are horrendous, even though they taste so good.
    If you write about chocolate I may be forced to run out and buy some, and that would not be a good thing. You inspire me, you see?

  5. I grew up in a family that ate soup and salad every single dinner. baxter's used to make a soup called Scottish winter vegetable-soooooo delicious and no longer available not even in British import stores. Sigh.
    Campbell's tomato isn't as tomato-y as I remember it.
    Rice leeks and potato, and also pasta fagioli are both unbeatable. Oh wait and pea soup that you make with leftover spiral ham...

  6. New Covent Garden has a spicy pumpkin soup that takes some beating.

  7. I think my favorite is my own version of beef and barley soup.

  8. Amy's Organic makes good soups.

    our store brand, Wegmans, makes really soup too. especially butternut squash with cashew.

    I like Udon with shrimp and crabmeat. I do love seafood.

    Italian wedding soup is good too.

    I also like Chunky's Corn Chowder soup.

  9. its too hot to think about soup...... I'm dreaming of iced coffee by the vats right now... but, if I do recall, when I was a tween and then a teen I ate a can a day of Habitant - Ready to Eat - French Canadian Pea Soup. I LOOOOVED it!! Thought it was the best thing ever. I tried it last year... it was awful.

  10. covent garden soups are good but i always feel i could make the same thing at home but it would probably cost me more than £2 for the ingredients.
    oh my god, i eat the baxter's lentil and bacon soup at least once a week, sometimes twice i like it so much. there my dirty secret is out.