9 Most Soulful Soup Recipes this Winter

9 Most Soulful Soup Recipes this Winter

Recipes for the best winter soups provided by an ex-student and his culinary sensei

In my final year of university, I substituted Jaegerbombs and clubbing for fine wine and soup making. Spending a day carving up veg and listening to Tracy Chapman tends to be much more gratifying than lying in bed hungover. I am going to outline some of the best of mine and my housemate’s creations, so you can experience for yourself the oomph that each of these soups deliver.

So I don’t endlessly repeat myself, here's a few pointers that go for every soup:

- Heat 1 chopped medium/large onion with 2-3 cloves of garlic and olive oil in a saucepan until translucent (chuck a stick of celery in too, if you think the flavour will work). Do this before adding any of your other ingredients.

- Throw in the rest of the veg and cook until soft.

- Add around 1.5 litres of vegetable stock (homemade or not, who cares).

- Simmer for 20 minutes, blend, throw in herbs, spices, and crème fraiche to taste.

- Always have plenty of tiger bread ready and maybe a flatbread if you’re feeling fiendish.

All of these soups are made in a similar fashion and serve 4-5. Anyway, the soups!

9. Honey Roasted Parsnip

Lather 6-8 parsnips in olive oil and honey, before baking them in the oven.

Fry the onion and garlic. A small amount of ginger can be added here if that’s your sort of thing.

Take the parsnips out when golden and chuck them into the saucepan.

I recommend adding a lot of heat to this one to counteract the sweetness. Crushed cumin seeds are ideal, or possibly garam masala with finely cut, fresh chillies on top.

8. Apple and Celeriac

This soup has an intriguing flavour that had my housemate wearing an inquisitive look on his face throughout the time he was eating it.

Get one nice, big celeriac and chop it roughly. Celeriac comes from the same family as celery - believe it or not - so add a couple sticks if you like.

Add 3 or 4 cooking apples with thyme or rosemary (depending on your preference).

NOTE: This soup can wind up tasting a lot like the apple sauce you have with roast pork so be sure to add lots of salt and pepper to prevent this.

7. Cream of Mushroom

Get experimental with this one; it’s hard to go wrong.

Get 500g of as many different kinds of mushrooms as you can get your hands on: brown, white, shitake, whatever. Add parsley, thyme, or both. Rich and majestic. Croutons are a must.

6. Pea and Mint

You’ll need 500g of peas - fresh or frozen. But make sure the mint is fresh; add about a handful 10 minutes before blending.

This soup is quite thin, so add a potato or extra crème fraiche to thicken. Again a simple win; just don’t drop it.

Click the photo for my incredible Thai Green Curry recipe on YouTube!

5. Broccoli

I’m not gonna insult your intelligence by explaining this one too much.

A whole broccoli without the thick stalk in the middle. Add a potato if you want.

4. Carrot and Fennel

Balance is key here: 2 carrots to 1 bulb of fennel. 4 carrots and 2 bulbs should suffice.

Carrots can be honey roasted as per the parsnip recipe before.

Fennel smells just like aniseed. Don’t panic, the sweetness of the carrots should counteract this if prepared properly.

Roast all veg for 20 minutes before adding to the saucepan and add some fresh sprigs of thyme at the end.

3. Tomato and Basil

I hope after this recipe you won’t eat tinned tomato soup again. Tomato soup should be a shade of deep ruby, not some scatty fake tan.

Use tinned tomatoes or fresh tomatoes or both; around 4 tins of tomatoes or twelve fresh tomatoes (if fresh, chuck the vines in as well for a delicious earthy flavour).

Once cooked, tear in as much fresh basil as you have. I recommend not being stingy on the crème fraiche here. A complete classic.

2. Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato

The next two soups are utterly delectable. The squash and sweet potato made me say for the first time, “Yeah. This is what I want to do with the rest of my life.”

Carve one ripe butternut squash and 2-3 sweet potatoes depending on their size. Simply velvet.

1. Spicy Pumpkin

This edges to number 1 over the previous entries simply because of the warmth it brings in the cold months.

Allow yourself an hour and a sizeable knife to carve the biggest pumpkin you can get your hands on.

Get out the cumin seeds early on (crushed), and fry them off with the onion and garlic.

Before blending, add sliced red chillies - the more you can handle the better. Once blended; season the soup with chilli flakes, fresh coriander and a big old dollop of crème fraiche.

And there you have it, a lifetime of wisdom from a soup connoisseur.

Have you tried out these heart-warming recipes? Let me know if you hated them below!

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I Tried The “Tide Pod Diet” For Thirty Days And The Results Were Straight 🔥🔥🔥

I’m sure you’ve heard of it. I’m sure some of you have even tried it.

Trends come and go, but some are here to stay.

One of the biggest fad diets in the country right now is all about purging toxins from your body and making your insides the cleanest they’ve ever been, and it's sure to have a lasting impact on American society. I’m sure you’ve heard of it. I’m sure some of you have even tried it. It’s easy, it’s fun, it’s gooey, it’s everything you’ve ever wanted in a diet. You already know what it is.

That’s right! I’m talking about the Tide Pod Diet!

I’ve never really been into specialty diets before–I didn’t jump on the South Beach bandwagon, can’t say I’ve ever even heard of the Atkins diet, and definitely no Paleo for me–but with all the buzz this one’s been getting, I just had to try it. There have been so many success stories and I wanted to test the Tide Pod Diet out for myself. I planned out exactly one month’s worth of carefully prepared breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, documented the cleanliness of my digestive system and my quickly-waning strength on the daily, and fully committed myself to eating nothing but laundry detergent for thirty whole days.

This is that account.

Day 1

I’m excited. Today was the jumping off point for this new dietary adventure. I started the day with a single Tide Pod. I bit into the plastic wrapping and then suddenly the detergent exploded all over my face. The “Original Scent” liquid oozed down my throat and all over my chin and some even squirted out onto the dining table. It was definitely not what I was expecting, but it actually tasted somewhat okay--like a syrupy orange juice that kinda burned my insides. I knew I’d be able to get used to it.

For lunch and dinner, I upped my intake game and made sure to pop the pod with it entirely in my mouth so as not to waste any of the detergent. I wasn’t making the mistake of biting into it again!

Day 2

Day two was a little more difficult. My body was still adjusting to the new diet. I got through it, though. I got through it.

Day 3

The diarrhea set in today. Just two days after exclusively eating laundry detergent, I guess I couldn’t hold it in any longer. I rushed to the bathroom as soon as I felt it coming and made it to the toilet just in time for the fiery feces to fly out of me. I had to sit there for like two hours just to make sure everything got out okay. Definitely not the greatest feeling in the world, but on the plus side, I think I can kinda see some abs now.

Day 4

Today I started vomiting, too. I had stuff coming out of both ends. And, to top that off, I was really craving something other than laundry detergent to eat. Like, a big juicy steak. Getting through dinner was the hardest, somewhat because I wanted that steak so badly but also because it was difficult to hold off my endless stream of projectile vomit long enough to pop in another pod.

Day 5

One workweek down and I’m already seeing results. I’m the lightest and thinnest and most sick I’ve been since high school! Those Tide Pods are really seeming to purge all the dirt and grime from my body. As an added bonus, I also used them while washing my clothes and they got out a lot of stains. What can’t these little amazing gel packs do?

Day 6

My stomach feels like it’s constantly on fire. Today was not a good day.

Day 7

One week! Seven days of exclusively eating Tide Pods! A near constant flow of 100% liquid diarrhea! This is going spectacularly!!!!

Day 12

I caved yesterday because I was craving something sweet. To remedy that, I went out today to get some more pods, these ones the “Spring Meadow” flavor. These ones taste like honey and lavender and feel just like a warm, tickly swig of burning acid. Craving quenched.

Day 13

Apparently this whole “Tide Pod Diet” is pretty cool because I’ve already inspired a few friends to try it out too. Hopefully I can inspire more and more people as I make my way through the rest of this gooey journey!

Day 14

I weighed myself today and I’ve lost forty-five pounds since starting this diet two weeks ago. I’d say that’s definitely a success, and I’m not even halfway done yet! I am constantly on the toilet, my head is constantly in a trash can, and I can no longer feel my feet, but I’m making progress. Things are looking up!

Day 15

My entire body feels tingly. Not a good day.

Day 16

Still feeling tingly. I had more cravings for non-Tide Pod food today, and it was for food I don’t even like (chicken burritos but without the chicken and just the sour cream). More throwing up, more diarrhea. Another bad day.

Day 17

Today I threw up a huge red glob and I’m not sure what it is. It was like the size of my thumb and squishy. I just left it on my counter, not sure if I should get rid of it or take it to a doctor or what. In other news, I’ve officially lost a full fifty pounds! This diet is definitely working–but, I have to ask, at what cost?

Day 18

I trashed the red glob. It’s probably just normal body stuff, right? I feel fine–besides the diarrhea, vomiting, tingly sensation, loss of feeling in my feet, and vision in my left eye–so I don’t think I really need to worry too much about some tiny stomach glob. I’m just going to continue eating my “Spring Meadow” laundry detergent pods and watch the pounds just fall off!

Day 19

Okay, I threw up another red glob today. I’ll take this one to the doctor tomorrow.

Day 20

The doctor doesn’t know what the red glob is, and, more importantly, she was completely against my continuing of the Tide Pod Diet. I told her tough luck, because I’m twenty days in and I’m seeing this thing through to the end. She told me to come back if I threw up any more red globs and let me go.

Day 21

Switching things up again with a new Tide Pod flavor for these last ten days: “Fresh Coral Blast”. These ones taste like pink. Also, I can only taste colors now. Also, these ones also burn.

(Also, I didn't get a picture of my own bag of "Fresh Coral Blast" Tide Pods because my ring finger is the only one that can actually move still, so I couldn't operate a camera. Here's a picture of its packaging from Target!)

Day 22

Scale says I’ve lost sixty pounds so far. It took me a while to find it–I couldn’t see it through my left eye, my feet still have no feeling in them, and my right eye can only see up to a foot away from it. I had to squat to read the weight. I also had a squat over the toilet while dispelling the diarrhea from my bowels because now it feels like sharp needles whenever I sit down. This diet might be a little difficult to finish.

Day 23

I passed out in the Tide Pods isle of Target today. Now I’m back at the hospital. Doctors are urging me not to eat any more laundry detergent–it might kill me, they’re saying–but I can’t just stop now. I only have one more week left! I’m pushing through.

Day 24

The nurses have had to clean my bedsheets five times today because I keep spewing out the brown stuff. After the fifth time, they just let me sit in it. It’s not all that bad, though, because I’ve lost all sense of smell, so it’s just like a squishy blanket keeping me nice and warm. I could have it worse.

Day 25

Another day in the hospital in my poop-blanket. Five more days, five more days, five more days.

Day 26

I asked the nurses to weigh me today and now, I’ve officially lost a total of seventy pounds! I can’t believe it. I mean, I was in okay shape before (a mild 150), but now I look straight up sick. I’m super skinny, super small, my skin is super green, and I’m feeling so happy. I’m so happy with the results I’m seeing. It’s amazing, this Tide Pod adventure I’ve been on. I can’t believe how transformative it’s been, both physically and mentally. I mean, I can’t even remember my name! There have definitely been some lasting effects to this diet, and who knows? Maybe I’ll keep on doing it after these thirty days are up. We’ll just have to wait and see! I can’t wait to see what surprises the last few days bring me!

Day 27

So, I died. I woke up this morning floating above my body as the doctors wheeled my corpse down to the morgue. I’ll be damned, though, if I’m going to let this setback stop me from finishing this diet. I’m going to keep on eating, keep on digesting, keep on keeping on with this Tide Pod Diet!

Day 28

I found a way around the whole “ghosts can’t eat real food” thing by squishing the Tide Pod in my hand and then watching as the detergent morsel dies, too. Then, I eat the ghost Tide Pod and let it move through my dead digestive system. Each swallow weighs me down a bit more and I don’t float as high off the ground anymore, but I’ve only got two days to go, and I can’t die after already dying, so I’m not too worried about anything.

Day 29

Ghost Tide Pods taste exactly like alive Tide Pods except there are none of the fun flavors and just fire. Also, I’m now back to walking on the ground.

Day 30

I completed the thirty-day Tide Pod Diet! I popped in the last Tide Pod today at dinnertime and I started sinking even faster than usual and I just kept on falling and falling until I was directly in the center of the Earth’s fiery molten core and I think I might be here for the rest of time, but it was worth it! I’ve successfully eaten nothing but laundry detergent (and one off-brand Snickers bar) for a whole month!

If I can do it, so can you. I hope my own journey inspires countless others to try out the Tide Pod Diet and end up spending an eternity in the scalding pit of lava at Earth’s center. The results are amazing and I am so happy with how it turned out. If you need that extra push, well here it is! Good luck to you and everyone else on their own Tide Pod journey! It’s an experience you’ll never forget (because the constant burning sensation will never let you)!

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9 Things All Ice Cream Workers Know But May Not Be Excited About Admitting

Scooping ice cream is not as easy as it looks.

Being an ice cream scooper might seem like the easiest job for teens and adults. Well, that's what everyone thinks before they become one.

1. Icing your wrist after work is necessary

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3. That calm moment of peace while your milkshake is blending

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7. The frustration you feel when you hear the whipped cream bottle dying

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