Beef Pho (my version)

I’ve made a few types of beef pho, and the key seems to be heaps of cheap beef cuts with lots of marrow and other bits and pieces for flavour. This recipe may not be traditional, but it was good to eat. And there was extra to spare and freeze for another time. Before the…

Sweet potato, cabbage, and pecan (creamed) soup

This soup is sweet, nutty, and rich. The final addition of cream just before serving provides a smooth, creamy texture. The flavors are reminiscent of sweet potato pie, but there is no added sugar in this soup. All the sweetness is from the sweet potatoes and onions, offset by the cabbage and pecans. I served…

Hanoi beef noodle soup

For New Year’s eve we had some friends over for dinner, and Belinda wanted to cook some Vietnamese dishes from her new cookbooks by Luke Nguyen.  I was the sous chef for the evening!  This is the first of the dishes, very yummy and we had leftovers the next day for lunch.  The recipe calls…

Tomato soup

The girls, especially Madeleine, have recently taken an interest in tomato soup. They have only had it from a can up to now, which is very quick, but I had some time this Sunday afternoon so I made it from scratch. Well, to be honest I didn’t use fresh tomatoes, rather canned peeled Roma tomatoes…

Broccoli soup with cream and croutons

Soup3 heads broccoli2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced4 cloves garlic, minced1 medium onion, minced2 large stalks celery, diced1 tsp nutmeg2 cups chicken stock2 cups milkCream for serving CroutonsAbout 4 cups diced French baton bread2 cloves garlic, shredded through a fine microplane1/2 tsp black pepper1 Tb oregano1 Tb basil1 tsp salt For the soup, chop up…