I love dropping into ABC Radio Melbourne to chat about food with Clare Bowditch and her lovely talkback audience. This time we discussed soup, a very important topic as winter starts to grip. As part of my diligent research I even got a terrible cold just to check if soup really does cure winter’s ills. And guess what – it does!
As much as any nutritional benefits of soup, I truly believe that soup’s comforting nature does just as much good: it’s like a hug from the inside. I associate soup with slippers, a blanket across the knees and an early night. It makes me think of golden, crunchy toast with lashings of butter. I also love warming my hands and drifting into snoozy revelry as the steam of my soup drifts face-wards. It’s just lovely. Oh – and I will also confess to a little soup smugness when I store soup in the freezer to have on hand when the need arises.
There is obviously a lot of soup passion out there because the phones rang hot during our discussion. People called in with great recipes and soup stories. I mentioned a Jo Whitton recipe for chicken and lemon soup and I also have her Creamy Chicken and Brown Rice Soup on high rotation. Listen in here.
For simple, nourishing and delicious soup recipes, including my Emergency Lentil Soup and Chinese congee (a soupy rice porridge), head on over to Dani Valent Cooking.