For the most part, you could say I’m just not fond of winter. I don’t like the cold and if you’re working practically 10-hour days like I do, you hardly get to enjoy any daylight at all. It’s no surprise I found myself vitamin D deficient about 5 or 6 years ago. It’s now the middle of winter and we woke up to our first frost today. As if getting myself out of bed for work on a Sunday when my partner gets to sleep-in wasn’t hard enough, it was 3 degrees outside. On my way to work, I did my usual brainstorming for dinner ideas. That’s always a hot topic between me and myself on my drive to work. Maybe if I planned something really amazing to look forward to for dinner, the day would fly by.
On a day like today, it’s a no-brainer, nothing beats rugging up with a warm bowl of hearty homemade soup. Now that’s the meaning of comfort. Homemade soups are honestly the best thing about winter. Although, do you really need a reason for homemade soup? Soups are simply hearty comfort food suitable for any time and any day. Soups are just so easy, one of the first meals a new home cook should definitely learn is how to make vegetable soup. Plus it’s always a bonus if you get leftovers for the next day or to freeze for a quick meal another day. The flavours keep infusing and the soup gets better each day.
None of that canned soup business, once you’ve made your own homemade soup, you’ll never go back. It’s amazing how you could practically add anything you feel in the mood for. Though make sure you don’t get too carried away, it’s still important that all the flavours pair together nicely. For this delicious vegetable soup, I start off by sautéing fennel in butter to bring out the beautiful anise aromas. Next, I throw in some potatoes, carrots and celery to create the bulk texture of my soup. Then, some capsicums and tomatoes for extra richness. Lastly, I add bay leaves, coriander and black pepper to enhance the flavours. It’s just that easy. If you need more convincing, the best part about making this delicious soup is, it’s all in one pot for an easy clean-up.