House of Skip

Friday, February 27, 2015

Still Soupin'

Welcome to Week 7 of the House of Skip #SoupProject

If you haven't been following along (why not?!!) Skip is cooking her way through a list of 43 Paleo Soups from the folks at Paleo Grubs.

This week was the first week that Skip made not 2, but 3 soups! Woo-hoo!

I was prepared to be underwhelmed again this week, maybe it was just a result of having made so many soups (15 total soups to date) already. However, I was pleasantly surprised that 2 of the 3 were real winners and one wasn't really our taste.

We'll start with our least favorite, soup #13, Lemon-Garlic Soup from Seasonal and Savory. I don't want to say this is a bad soup, but the may be an acquired taste. I like garlic and lemon, I think they are great together, but a soup that is basically just those two things is a little overpowering. And that garlic taste really stays with you. This soup was also a little challenging to make because of the addition of eggs, I scrambled mine a little while adding it to the hot broth. I'll admit I was doing too many things at once and did not pay as close attention to the soup as I should have. I don't think this affected the taste of the soup at all. It was good, just really heavy on both the garlic and the lemon which leads to a bitter and tart soup. It also was not a very filling soup. Typically I like to make a soup for breakfast that is hearty and can carry us through the day, this obviously was not one of those soups. If you like garlic and lemon, I think this would make a nice starter or addition to a meal. Verdict- not our favorite, but not terrible.

Next up is our surprise of the week-- Emerald City Soup from a blog titled, petra8paleo. First of all, I love the name, as the Aunt of a Wizard of Oz obsessed little girl, it pulled at my heart strings. I'm quite fond of the Wizard of Oz as well. Hearing this was a chilled veggie soup, we were skeptical, especially my companion. However, this soup blew our socks off! The flavors go so well together and are really amazing.
Emerald Ingredients
I will totally keep this on file and make it during the spring and summer! What a nice treat! It is somewhat filling enough for a meal, but would also make a good first course. At House of Skip we sampled it as an amuse-bouche one night this week. Even more fun was we then played a guessing game were Skip's companion had to guess the ingredients in the soup, it took him awhile but he got most of them (with hints) except the avocado, he didn't get that one. Each ingredient really adds to the deliciousness of this soup; the honeydew adds sweetness, the lemon and lime add tartness, the cilantro adds freshness, etc. Verdict- we were more excited about this soup then we expected to be.
Emerald City Soup

And lastly, our fifteenth soup in the #SoupProject, was from our friends at The Domestic Man. Pumpkin and Chorizo soup should have sounded good to me as I love both, but we've had so pumpkin that I wasn't expecting to be wow'd by this soup. Boy was I wrong. The flavor of this soup was just different. The chorizo and the pumpkin is a winning combination and the seasoning added to the soup don't overpower the other ingredients. The Domestic Man kept it simple with only the addition of cumin, marjoram and oregano. And of course I always love using my immersion blender which I whipped out for this recipe too, it really helped combine everything (onion, garlic) even though the pumpkin was already pureed. Saving some of the chorizo to garnish the soup with was a great idea too because it really have the soup two different textures. Verdict- Pumpkin and Chorizo are a winning combination.
Pumpkin and Chorizo Soup

I hope you have enjoyed this week in soup. Skip is looking forward to Week 8 of the #SoupProject. We'd love to hear from you! Keep tuning in for more soup!

Friday, February 20, 2015

This week in Soup

The journey through the list continues. We hope you are enjoying the House of Skip Soup Project. We certainly are eating lots of soup and will be for quite a while. Which is why next week you'll see me make and review 3 soups! But this week we've got two.

gizzards and livers in the pot
Up first, Paleo Gizzard Soup, which was skipped last week due to the inability to obtain our main ingredient, gizzards. It comes to us from a little blog called, Paleo Porn. I was "lucky" enough to be able to find the gizzards through our friends at Local Abundance. I was somewhat apprehensive about working with gizzards because I had never done it before. They were definitely interesting looking. I chopped them up a little even though the recipe didn't call for that. Of course sauteing them in bacon fat smelled amazing. As I was
chopping and adding them to the pot, I thought, "how come some of them look different?" Then I realized I had gizzards and livers, but I just added them all to the pot anyway, hey, I had them, right?

After the gizzards were in, it was a simple recipe, add the veg and the broth and let it simmer away. The end result looked good. The verdict on this one was split. Skip didn't think it was awful, but realized that maybe this just isn't a taste she likes, her companion however thought it was great. He loved the unique flavor and found the soup very filling.

gizzard soup
Now, we are back to the right place in the list, taking us to the Paleo Cream of Chicken Soup. This is from a gluten free blog called, Eileen's Everyone Eats Right. I was also a little leery of this recipe as we are not usually fans of cream soups, however since there was no actual cream involved, I thought we might be ok. And I was right! When I started off it seemed like it would bother me texturally, but after adding a little extra broth (per the recipe tips) I found it much better. The thickening agent here is Arrowroot powder. The recipe has alternate instructions for using cauliflower puree instead, but I wanted to give the original recipe a try. Plus, we've had a lot of cauliflower already on this adventure.

Despite what seemed like a lot of steps, this recipe was not that difficult. You have to mix the Arrowroot powder with water to get it to thicken, but other that, it's similar to a lot of these other soup recipes, "chop and drop". Boy does this soup smell good while it's cooking. I did a whole chicken in the crock pot the day before and shredded it up to add to the soup, easy peasy. This was our breakfast soup this week and it really hit the spot. The chicken and veggies were so yummy and the flavor and aroma from the coconut milk really came through.
Cream of Chicken in the pot

All in all, not a bad week in soup. The Soup Project continues! We appreciate you stopping by, remember, you can let us know what you think and show us which soups you are eating. Use the hashtag #soupproject

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Soup Project- Week 5

Skip is continuing her journey through Paleo Grub's43 Paleo Soups list. I have to say, this week I found myself not that excited about the soup. Perhaps I'm getting tired of soup, or perhaps these soups just didn't excite me. Maybe the fact that I didn't need my immersion blender was a factor. Either way, I know I am not giving up!

Due to difficulty procuring an ingredient I had to do a switch-a-roo with the soups this week. So, instead of doing soups 9 and 10, I did soups 9 and 11. What ingredient caused this problem? You guessed it, chicken gizzards! That means you have to wait one more week to hear about how I make out cooking the innards of a chicken.

The soups I have to present to you this week are..... (drum roll)....

Smoky Root Soup which comes to us from The Nourished Caveman and the #11 soup Meatball Noodle Soup which is from the blog Health Starts in the Kitchen.

I had a busy week scheduled, so on Sunday I made both of my soups so they'd be ready to go whenever I needed them. I got all my ingredients and tools out and once I got over my disappointment that I didn't need my immersion blender, I got started.
Smoky Root Soup

The prep for the Smoky Root Soup was fun! That is if you love parsnips, carrots and beets as much as I do!
Carrots and Parsnips
Sauteing onions always smell so good and adding the rest of the veggies was great. After that it was pretty simple. The "smoky" part comes from adding bacon. Yum.

Pretty colors
There were so many pretty colors in the pot. But I have to say, the soup didn't taste as good as it looked. The beets were overpowering, and I love beets. If I were to make this soup over, I would probably at least double the amount of carrots and parsnips in it.

The Meatball Noodle Soup needed some more prep, in that I needed to roast a spaghetti squash. That's where the "noodle" comes from!
Roasted Spaghetti Squash
Come on this is a paleo soup, you couldn't have expected there would be real noodles. I made the meatballs, dropped them in the broth to cook and added the rest of the ingredients. Then I put the roasted and shredded squash aside in a separate container. The recipe warned against adding the spaghetti squash to the whole pot, because it could become mushy. So before serving it, I put a little squash in a bowl and topped with the soup. It was a nice presentation.

On taste, I would say at first my companion and I were not too impressed with this soup either. We were eating it for breakfast and it seemed to get better each day. I added some more salt and pepper, but I also think after sitting for a while more of the flavors started to combine. By the last day it reminded me almost of a stroganoff, I guess because of the beef and mushrooms.
Meatball Noodle Soup

Overall, these will probably not become our favorite soups from this list. But I'm glad we tried them and I'm sure I will be recreating them with my own twist in the future. Until then, I've got more soups to conquer on this list, including the gizzards! Make sure you check in next week to hear all about it!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Soup, there it is

Welcome to week 4 of the Soup Project. As a reminder, the full list of soups compiled by Paleo Grubs, can be found here. Week 4 brings us soups 7 and 8 on the list, Grandma's Paleo Spaghetti Soup from Conscious Eatery and Gobi Masala Soup from Worthy Pause. These were two paleo blog/recipe sites that were new to me and I enjoyed learning more about them and will certainly try some more of their recipes in the future.

Let's get to the soup business. Starting with Grandma's Paleo Spaghetti Soup. I've got to start out by saying, what a great soup. Really tasty, very filling and just leaves you with a warm feeling. If you love a classic bolognese sauce, this soup is for you. I was worried about my companion's reaction to this soup, as he is not usually a fan of Italian sausage (surprising I know!). When he saw that I had bought it, right away, he started with the "I don't like that" and then I reminded him that this whole soup project was partially his doing and we have to follow the recipes exactly to provide an accurate representation. Despite his reservations he really loves the soup. And really, who wouldn't.
Spaghetti Soup
Cauliflower, carrots and spices oh my!
You've got great, rich flavor from the beef and sausage, combined with the beef broth. You've got nice, light veggies in there like tomato and zucchini. And all of those Italian seasonings really pull it all together. I will say that the soup is a little greasy from the fat, even though I did drain it off as the recipe instructs, but that doesn't bother me, I think it adds to the overall yumminess of this soup.

Gobi Masala, is actually, Spicy Indian Cauliflower Soup. More cauliflower, yeah! This soup allowed me to break out my immersion blender again! Hooray! The recipe instructs you to use a food processor, which you could totally do, but I much prefer my immersion blender for two reasons. One- it's fun. Two- it prevents me from having to transfer the soup out of the pot to the processor and back which makes more dishes (and who wants to do more dishes?).
Again, I got to experience the beautiful aroma of roasting cauliflower,
but this time with amazing spices like coriander and turmeric. It's really pretty after you blend it, it has a golden hue to it, which contrasts nicely with the red pepper flakes.

Pretty soup
Both soups were a success this week. The Spaghetti soup was meaty and filling, while the Gobi Masala was chock full of veggies and a warm, smoky flavor.

Stay tuned next week for more of Skip's adventures in the Soup Project!

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