Wednesday, December 15, 2010

QPC bean soup on the 2nd day of Christmas, Anyone?

My hubby is a big fan of bean soup and cornbread so we have it more often than most I would guess. However, I chanced a twist on it and surprised him by adding grilled capsicum, garlic and onions this time. If you have some left over ham after Christmas, I recommend that you give this recipe a go. The spicy, smoky flavor of the oven roasted aromatics as well as the small amount of bacon I use, is beautiful with the earthy, round flavors of the beans (whichever of them you use) and very pleasing to the palate. (As I am not an expert on this favorite American "comfort" food I have to believe it must be tasty when my #1 food critic asks for a second helping and makes mmmm sounds throughout the meal.)







Serving: 6
Ingredients:
500 gms dried mixed beans, wash and soak overnight
3 strips bacon, fried till crispy and break into small pieces
1 tsp bacon dripping from the pan
1 cup chopped parsley

(A)
6 cups water
250 gm left over ham
1 onions, cut into 6 parts and grilled
1 head garlic, grilled and sliced into strips
1 red capsicum, grilled and sliced into strips
1 green capsicum, grilled and sliced into strips
1 yellow capsicum, grilled and sliced into strips
1 stalks celery, diced
1 bay leaf
1 tsp yellow mustard seeds
½ cup curry leaves

(B)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cubes chicken bouillon, mashed
1 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes

Method:
Put (A) into the soup pot and bring to boil. Turn down heat to medium anmd let it simmer for 1 1/2 hours.  Add (B) and let boil for 15 min. Add crispy bacon and simmer for 30 more secs. Turn off heat. Fill soup bowls and add a few drop of bacon dripping to each bowl. Garnish with chopped parsley. Serve hot. My recommendation is to served with freshly baked corn bread.

19 comments:

  1. Especially for cold days! Can imagine ham only makes this even better.

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  2. bean soup looks delicious and perfect for winter.

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  3. I have made a note of this it looks wonderful. Diane

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  4. WOW, this looks soooo delish Ü Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

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  5. You can always send a bowl to my place in The Netherlands. We love soup and eat it every day. Fresh. My wife is a great cook.

    Gretings,
    Filip

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  6. It seem that I've virtually being invited to your X'mas party, tasted all these mouth watering x'mas meals you have prepared.
    Thanks for the sumptuous meals :-)
    How did you get this vote for me foodbuzz widget? Given to featured blogger only?
    Hoping to get my way there too.

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  7. Great way to use up leftover ham, Quay Po. I also like your addition of capsicum. Lovely picture.

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  8. Christine,
    I appreciate your visit and your comment. Happy Holidays!

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  9. Swathi,
    I believe so. We don't have winter here but when we have a bowl of hot soup during rainy days, it is very comforting.

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  10. Diane,
    Do give me some feedback and suggestion for improvement.

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  11. Filip,
    You are a lucky guy to have a wife who is a good cook but what is your secret? How did you both keep yourself so trim? Ballroom dancing?

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  12. Yin,
    I really wish I can invite you over for a real dinner someday when you return to visit. As regards to the "vote for me" widget, I just login into my Foodbuzz acct and at the bottom, select widget and you will see it there.

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  13. lequan,
    I am very pleased with myself for adding the grilled capsicum too. They adds a rich flavor to the soup.

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  14. denizdalya,
    Welcome to my blog and thanks for your comment.

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