There is nothing better on a cold winter day than a nice hot bowl of yummy soup … Garden Soup – fresh from the garden! Only glitch is … we are covered with snow and the temperature is just plain COLD! The garden regretfully is not producing ingredients for the Garden Soup I dream of.
With a little imagination and the desire to jump in and see what I could come up with I managed to create “one of the best soups I ever made”! I had some tomatoes in the freezer. Here is how I made tomato base for the soup and will continue to use it in future recipes. After canning all the tomatoes, my plants were still producing so I simply cut the whole tomatoes into quarters and froze them as is in a plastic bag. Tossing a couple in soups and stews was my intent. What I actually did was took a whole baggie of frozen quartered tomatoes and simmered them down, removed the seeds & skins as best I could and Voila I had my tomato soup base! My thoughts were a minestrone soup so I added chickpeas (which I plan on growing this season). I didn’t stop there … I kept adding -
Both grown in the garden!! Then diced celery, carrots, onions, cabbage and spinach. No exact measurements, just diced and added. The spinach I blanched before freezing and I have also frozen the spinach just as is. The only drawback with the spinach frozen as is it takes up a considerable amount of space. I love spinach and last year it actually grew back after the cruel winter weather – quite a surprise!
I think the ingredient that really made a difference in this soup was the Delicata squash. Earlier in the week I had baked up several and planned to eat them throughout the week. Instead I peeled the skin and chopped them adding to the soup. They acted as a thickener and the taste was Good!
Several types of beans, corn, broccoli … whatever you have on hand can be used. Herbs would add great flavor – I just sprinkled parmesan cheese on and enjoyed my Garden Soup!!!
Now for the Chili Powder! I didn’t add it to the soup, but I could have! We had made up a batch of chili and were not happy with the chili powder – it seemed flavorless, so we decided to try making our own. Simple procedure really. First we purchased the dried peppers and deseeded them.
Using the coffee grinder we whirled until we had powder!
Homemade Chili Powder – the peppers we used are Arbol and if this chili powder stands up in the cooking (not too hot) we will be growing these peppers this year!
….. A day spent creating warmth during the deep chill of winter!
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