Chicken, Turmeric, Ginger and Coconut Soup

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The Chief Taster has been laid up with a dreadful cold which is no surprise since he travels a lot in his current job and airports are just carriers of germs. (I call him “Geoffrey” but since he does not watch the Bare-Foot Contessa he has no idea what I am talking about.  I call myself the flip-flop Contessa though..).   So I went into “mother-hen mode” and made him a healthy and healing soup.  I thought that I would put together ingredients that would help his sinuses and make him feel better.  I chose chicken because of its famed abilities to help a cold.  Turmeric because of it’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties, garlic for its antiviral effects, ginger to help the swelling of the sinuses and coconut milk because it contains fibre and lauric acid, which has been found to exhibit antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties too.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Broccoli, Red Pepper and Cheddar Soup

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Creamy, spicy and delicious

When I tasted this soup after cooking it, I almost ate a whole bowl of it in one go.  It was one of those scenes where you take a spoon, taste, repeat and repeat, then reach for a larger spoon.  Then my low carb bread roll came out for dipping with a small bowl of the soup.  I recommend you eat it after you cook it.   I re-heated it the next day and it lost some of the thick consistency it had freshly made.  I would not recommend freezing this either.  Eat it with justo once you have made it!   It’s lovely and creamy, with a slight pink colour due to the red pepper but the slight hint of the cayenne pepper makes this a perfect comfort soup!   Just typing this recipe up makes me realize I need to make another batch as I enjoyed the first one so much!

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Beetroot, Ginger and Coconut Soup

Colourful soup

Colourful soup

As well as looking colourful this soup is full of flavour.  I like the flavour combination of beetroot and ginger in a juice, but in a soup with coconut milk this is just delicious.  As well as being colourful in flavour, a bowl packs many nutritional benefits.  Beet roots contain valuable nutrients that may help lower your blood pressure, fight cancer and inflammation, boost your stamina, and support detoxification.  Ginger is one of the foods that can give you a health punch, because it is so full of healthy benefits for your body.   Ginger helps regulate cholesterol, helps improve the immune system, acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and has a beneficial effect on your overall digestive system, helping to regulate and aid the movement of food through your stomach, and small and large intestines.  Coconut milk is high in is rich in antioxidants and lauric acid.

 

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Cauliflower, Walnut and Stilton Soup

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I love this flavour combination for cauliflower cheese so thought I’d see how the ingredients worked for a soup.  It’s a lovely winter warming soup although the use of the walnut does not give the soup the most bright and welcoming colour.   The cauliflower gives the soup a lovely thickness and the Stilton gives a lift in flavour.   If you do not like Stilton perhaps a strong Cheddar cheese would work. Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Zucchini (Courgette) and Basil Soup

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This is a simple soup, full of the flavours of summer.   It’s also a great way to use up all your excess summer zucchini’s.   I love using zucchini’s in soups as once blended, they give a very creamy consistency.   Much better than using a potato for a thickener and lower in carbs too!  The basil gives this a great flavour and adds to the green, vibrant colour.   It’s like a soup pesto!  Strictly for basil lovers though. Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Fennel and Zucchini Soup

Creamy fennel deliciousness!

Creamy fennel deliciousness!

I found this recipe on Epicurious and was rather curious about the flavours so had to have a try.  Plus it’s been a while since I have cooked with fennel so it jogged my memory about this vegetable.  Wow, there is no mistaking the aroma and taste of this soup..it’s definitely for fennel lovers.   Fennel has a mild aniseed taste.    The zucchini does not add to the taste but helps thicken the soup.   Who needs potatoes when you have zucchini! Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Zucchini (Courgette) and Stilton Soup

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Stilton soup is normally associate with broccoli, but I thought I would try something else and had a bunch of zucchini (courgettes) in my fridge, and thought “well, they are green so therefore a substitute for broccoli…hee hee..” and they give the soup a lovely creamy consistency.   They actually went very well with the Stilton and I really enjoyed the soup.  Something for the cold evenings or to just surprise people with “guess what is in this soup”! Yummy, tell me more Diva…