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White Bean Soup with Mixed Vegetables & Caramelized Onions

This is a filling soup chock full of mixed vegetables and white beans also known as lima beans. The extra kick of flavor comes from caramelized onions. Frying the onions and then adding them after the soup is cooked gives the onions a chance to keep their caramelized flavor more pronounced. Continue reading White Bean Soup with Mixed Vegetables & Caramelized Onions

Hodgepodge Soup with Carrots, Fennel, Peas & Parsnips

It was a Sunday evening and I hadn’t done much by way of grocery shopping the week leading up to it, and here I was wondering what soup to make for dinner. I looked in the refrigerator and I had a little of this and little of that – i.e. little bit of carrots, two fennel bulbs, parsnips, and peas in the freezer. Hence the name hodgepodge soup for this concoction of a veggie soup. Continue reading Hodgepodge Soup with Carrots, Fennel, Peas & Parsnips

Kashayam. A Soothing Ayurvedic Herbal Tonic

Kashayam is an herbal tonic used in the ancient Indian healing and medicinal art of Ayurveda. Kashayam refers to a water tonic that is made with a single herb or spice or a combination of herbs and spices.  Kashayam has been used for thousands of years in southern India as a form of homeopathic and natural medicine to help clear away coughs to common colds, sore throats, and stomach issues. Kashayam is not a medicine but rather a soothing herbed water to help alleviate the symptoms of these ailments. Continue reading Kashayam. A Soothing Ayurvedic Herbal Tonic

Potato Leek Soup with Herb Flavored Sea Salt & Truffle Oil

Potato leek soup is my friend Rose’s signature soup. Rose makes it every time she has a gathering, and it is always a big hit. Rose usually serves her potato leek soup with a side of lavender & herb-flavored sea salt and truffle oil, which transforms an already delicious soup into something decadent. Continue reading Potato Leek Soup with Herb Flavored Sea Salt & Truffle Oil

Cream of Celery Soup

Cream of celery soup with creamy hazelnuts? Yup, that’s what makes this soup so yummy and unique. I had this delicious celery soup at my friend Shalini’s home when we met for lunch one afternoon. Creamy celery soup accompanied with a faro salad, some roasted Brussels sprouts on thin pita strips with mint chutney, along with fresh fruit and a cheese board – this lunch was wholesome, nutritious, and packed with flavor. Continue reading Cream of Celery Soup

Tomato & White Cheddar Soup

Tomato & White Cheddar Soup


  • 2 15oz cans stewed or crushed tomatoes in juice
  • 1 white onion finely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red chili peppers
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour or any nut flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese plus more for garnish
  • Salt and pepper
  • 5-6 basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp herbs such as thyme, rosemary or chives.
  • 2 slices of bread for croutons
  • 1/4 cup cream

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Zucchini Lemon Soup

The inspiration for a lemon zucchini soup was my abundance of lemons. Loads of lemons in baskets were forcing me to get creative with using them in my cooking. Since it was a Sunday and I always make soup for dinner on Sunday I made sure my soup whichever soup I made had lemons. This zucchini lemon soup is what I conjured up. It’s light and delicious with fresh lemon flavor and lots of vegetables. The entire family devoured this zucchini soup, I mean having two bowls each and cleaned the pot out completely, not leaving anything behind. They loved this soup 😋.  I hope you will too. Continue reading Zucchini Lemon Soup

Leek and Kale Soup with Ravioli Dumplings

Combining leeks and kale in a soup came as an idea after I had bought these beautiful bunches of leeks and kale from the farmer’s market. I wanted to make a soup with these two vegetables and I was trying to figure out how to get the soup to be more substantial. I considered adding barley, or legumes such as white beans, but then the idea to add ravioli came from my friend Iya.  She said she had made ravioli soup a few times with veggies and chicken that both she and her husband liked a lot. I thought this was a great idea. I used readymade spinach and ricotta ravioli in my soup but you can use any type of ravioli you prefer. This soup is filling as it is delicious 😋! Continue reading Leek and Kale Soup with Ravioli Dumplings

Kale, Leeks, and Thai Basil Frittata

After returning from a farmer’s market trip on a Sunday morning I had a basket full of beautiful kale, leeks and Thai basil. These veggies gave me the inspiration to make a veggie-laden frittata. With the addition of some ricotta cheese, this frittata is delicious, filling, and packed full of good for you leafy greens and herbs. Continue reading Kale, Leeks, and Thai Basil Frittata