Chili Lime Super-food Soup

Dear Fran,

So much has been going on over here, I have hardly had time to digest it all! 2 weekends ago, I went to visit Fah, which was really really great. Last weekend I attended to a Food blogger’s conference in London, the Food Bloggers Connect 2010, and at the same time my dad was visiting which is even more fun! Needless to say, all of the above filled with amazing food and even better company.

Jul's Kitchen Tuscan Spice Mix

The conference was completely different to anything I would expect from any of my previous experiences. It really made me realize how interconnected we, food-bloggers, are. We are all very different, each coming from a very different gastronomical genealogy, each trying to carve out their little bit of spot light in the vast expansiveness that is the internet. However, more than anything, the food-blogging community, is exactly that. It is a community of sharing and of cross inspiration. To demonstrate this some of the bloggers brought treats! (Next year we are definitely going together and bringing along a little something… a feta-filled arepa perhaps? or a rediculously decadent brownie?)

Julia brought us delicious and beautiful chocolates from Canada!

It was really energizing and exciting to have the opportunity to see what blogging meant to others, whether they were seasoned veterans(no pun intended), or newbies who were coming to the conference to kick-start their blogging journey. Advice from experienced bloggers about how to best phrase a recipe, on photographing food, and a shared hunger for an ever expanding array of kitchen gadgets. But, to be honest, the best part is that now we have a much broader spectrum of blogs to browse, and many many more beautiful photographs to drool over!!

mykugelhopf.ch | dirtykitchensecrets.com | blog.maisoncupcake.com | cucabrazuca.com | winit-theblog.com | alkalinesisters.com | agirlinmadrid.com | zibdeh.wordpress.com | domesticventures.squarespace.com | cookyourlife.com | tastour.co.uk | gastroanthropology.com | sparklingink.com | extra-relish.blogspot.com | onevanillabean.wordpress.com | lookwhatwefound.co.uk | eggsontheroof.com | yumandmore.com | alwaysleaveroomfordessert.com | thecattylife.com | delishvillesemgluten.com | katielousbites.wordpress.com | trebom.com | cupcakestrembom.com | international-foodie.blogspot.com | 5amfoodie.com | dressingfordinner.blogspot.com | eggscreamandhoney.com | julskitchen.com | debugcooking.blogspot.com | anneskitchen.co.uk | cookingninja.com | practicallydaily.blogspot.com | thedailyspud.com | peanutbutterandjealous.blogspot.com | coconutraita.blogspot.com | aussiefoodie.blogspot.com | heavenwildfleur.blogspot.com | officelunches.blogspot.com | lifesafeast.blogspot.com | deliriouskitchen.com | sarkababicka.blogspot.com | seasontotaste.co.uk | labna.it | cooksister.com | whatsforlunchhoney.net | mowielicious.com

Thanks to all of these happenings there was a lot of wining, dining, coffee-drinking and dessert eating in delightfully warm sunny weather. As soon as Monday hit, the temperature dropped once again to March levels. We, once again, put on our socks, sweaters and hid away all hopes of a tan. Instead of nice summery salads, cravings of soups began to take over once again.

In an attempt to satisfy that craving, but hold on to every vitamin-filled sunny vegetable, I created this citrus-y, ultra green soup! The cilantro, spinach and zucchini add a refreshing first taste, while the leeks and peas add a subtle buttery sweetness to finish. You can use any green vegetables you have in your fridge or freezer, broccoli and cabbage are also great ingredients for this soup, if you do not have zucchini or spinach on hand. Do make sure you have ripe and fragrant avocados around, they really are the reason this soup is so special. Avocados add a smooth velvety creamy texture, which otherwise you can only achieve by adding a dollop of cream or cream cheese.

Chili Lime Super-Food Soup

Yields 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 2 cm piece Fresh Ginger (minced)
  • 4 spring onions (chopped)
  • 500gr Leeks (cut into large chunks)
  • 160gr Green Peas
  • 325gr Zucchini (about 2) (cut into large chunks)
  • 1 green chili chopped
  • 1 liter Broth (chicken or vegetable)
  • Large handful Spinach (I used baby spinach)
  • 1 lime (zested and juiced)
  • Handful chopped Cilantro (or Mint)
  • 1 avocado (flesh cut into large chunks)
  • Croutons (I used Jul’s seasoning mix for this batch of whole grain croutons)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot, over medium high heat. Saute spring onion, garlic, ginger until fragrant. (1 minute)
  2. Add the chopped leeks and saute until beginning to soften. (5 minutes)
  3. Add peas, zucchini, green chili and broth. Bring to the boil, and simmer for 10 minutes until all the vegetables have slightly softened.
  4. Remove from heat. Add spinach, lime zest and cilantro. Let the soup cool for 10 minutes.
  5. Pour the soup into a blender in batches to puree. Add avocado and lime juice in the blender, with the last batch of soup.
  6. Return the blended puree to the large pot. Heat until heated through, but do not boil. Serve immediately with  croutons!

The purpose of adding so many ingredients at the very last minute is to not cook out all vitamins, keep the fresh flavors and retain the vibrancy of their colors!

Bon Appetit!

17 thoughts on “Chili Lime Super-food Soup

  1. Francine

    Not only does this soup look AMAZINGLY healthy and yummy, but it is also my favorite color! I can see you learned a lot about pictures in the conference.

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    1. matinaki28 Post author

      Thanks Franny! It is really amazing what a couple white boards can do for the light of a picture, even on the cloudiest afternoon! I am excited to experiment this weekend, when we will supposedly have some sunshine :) BTW, right when you make it and eat it, the green is even more radiant!

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  2. Dianature

    completely my cup of tea (or cup of soup :))
    looks deeelicioso!!!
    my fav part: the avocado and the sour
    btw… very nice pictures!!

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  3. Dimirtis

    I wish computers had taste and smell interfaces. I can’t make that soup but I’d sure like to try it..

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  4. valentina

    It was so lovely to meet you. I think that you have summarized really well the weekend. I did not know what to expect and i was blown away by people’s generosity, the friendliness of the ones involved…I am still on a high.
    This is such a lovely recipe! Hopefully from Sunday my English speaking blog will be ‘live’, on air. Till next visit.

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  5. matinaki28 Post author

    @Valentina – It was great to meet you! I am looking forward to exploring your blog, once it I am able to understand it. Although I have already been trying to decipher some of the recipes, because of your photos :)

    @Ana Maria – It is tasty when served cold also. I would just make sure to add more lime in that case, to really bring out the flavors and freshness. (I am still not used to the idea of cold soups, so Fran thanks for jumping in ;))

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  6. The Cooking Ninja

    It was wonderful meeting you at FBC10. Hope to see you there again next year. This soup is just the kind my mom in law would love. I’m going to make it for her. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  7. matinaki28 Post author

    @Valentina- Wonderful! Looking forward to checking it out over the weekend

    @The Cooking Ninja – Wonderful to meet you too! Thanks again for the goodie bag, looking for a yummy recipe to crumble these almond into :)

    @Gastroanthropologist – tell me about eating too many sweets, this week i have had 4 days of non-stop sweet eating… this soup is being prepared again as we speak ;)

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  8. diani

    Just made this recipe… with some twists as I didnt have all the ingredients…yet it came out delicious!

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