Turkey Lentil Soup

You know those recipes that run in families? Lentil soup runs in my family. I only discovered this when I sat down for dinner at my aunt’s house in Scotland and the first course was a soup just like my dad’s. They told me that my grandma taught all of them how to make it. Since moving to Canada, my dad adapted the recipe to use up Thanksgiving leftovers, so I used turkey to make this recipe – but chicken works well, or you can leave out the meat entirely for a lovely veggie soup. Continue reading


Tomato Soup with a Twist

A little while ago, when my friend Vanessa was visiting, my boyfriend Steph and I made her spaghetti and meatballs with homemade sauce. While the sauce was bubbling away, Steph wanted to add a little cinnamon – and my immediate reaction was something along the lines of “Are you crazy!?!”

A few days later, I was still thinking about his suggestion. I thought back to when I made moussaka – the cinnamon works so well in that recipe, so I started to change my mind – maybe there are other places for the tomato-cinnamon combo. Then I stumbled upon this recipe (from CHOW again). The chef, Michael Bulkowski, is heavy handed with the cinnamon in his tomato soup. I decided to give it a try – again, with a couple tweaks: Continue reading