Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Happy Soup Day!

Soup is something that always makes me happy! I find it comforting and it can’t be so full of flavors that you might need nothing else but a big bowl of yummy soup for a nice rounded meal.
I had this recipe from Nigella Lawson on my list for a long time, and today decided to give it a try. It is called Happiness Soup, and its name couldn’t be more appropriate.
I was amazed as how such a simple soup could have so many flavors. Simple ingredients, nothing more than dicing squash and throwing in a pot with a few more items, and in a matter of minutes you have soup, a yellow and mellow yummy soup!
The squash gets tender and the broth infused with the lemon and turmeric flavors. I really liked the subtle flavors of this soup and being this easy I am pretty sure I will make it again. My only changes were to use a little less oil and cooked brown rice (which made it even quicker). Oh, and we added some shredded chicken breast pieces (which I poached in the soup!), just to have a little protein.
Paired with one of my whole-wheat rolls, our soup lunch was perfect. And the soup made us happy indeed!

Happiness Soup (adapted from Nigella’s book, Summer Forever)
500g yellow squash (2 large)
zest and juice of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons olive oil
1teaspoon turmeric
1 litre (1000ml) chicken stock
100g basmati rice
Salt and pepper to taste

Wash the squash, but don’t peel them; cut into rings and then finely dice them. Put them into a pan with the lemon zest and oil, stir to coat, then cook on a gentle heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they have slightly softened. Stir in the turmeric and pour in the stock and lemon juice and then drop in the rice. Cook, uncovered, for 10-20 minutes, or until yellow squashes and rice are tender. Serve warm.
Serves 4-6.


Fer Guimaraes Rosa said...

Ana, daqui a pouco comeca a temporada de sopas, mas nao ja pois nao curto muito tomar sopa quando as temperaturas ainda estao na casa dos 30C. Gostei muito dessa, especialmente porque vai squash. Ja recebi uma nesta semana. daqui a pouco vai comecar a chegar mil variedades das amarelonas e abobronas e pra mim eh sempre um esforco usa-las de maneira criativa. Essa sopa da Nigella eh uma otima pedida. beijos!

Anonymous said...

sopunhas! heheheh!!!!
adoro sopas tbm, mas definitivamente quero passar um pouco longe delas essa semana (depois d um feriado exclusivamente sopístico, acho que posso passar um pokinho longe delas! heheheh!!!)
acho q essa semana estou mais para os brigadeiross!!! hummmmm, ficaram tao lindos seus brigadeiros que eu fiquei até com vontade!!!!
espero q eles tenham feito sucesso na escola do matheus!!! :)
essa semana tah tão quente aqui q estou mais pra sorvete, viu! hehehehe!!!
Beijos hermanaa!!!! amo vc!

Anonymous said...

Querida Ana,

Eu quero tudo: sopa, brigadeiro, paozinho, pasta..hmm..teu blog ta de-li-ci-o-so!!

Akih ja esta esfriando a noite, fizemos sopa no ultimo weekend e esta receita eh uma boa pedida pro proximo.


Anonymous said...

oi ana!!
tentando dexa os americanos mais obesos mostrando brigadeiro pra eles??ehhehe
hahaha...ia falar da sopas e ana mas ela ja comentou aki..heh
bom finzinho d semana pra tds ai...enquanto isso agente derrete no calor invernal daki!