For those rainy days  

Fallic40 54M
3214 posts
1/5/2006 6:00 pm
For those rainy days

I was reading Tiller's blog about it raining for 19 days straight in Seattle and it is the same here in Portland. But one of the things that is great about cold wet days in winter is making soup.

I found this recipe on-line in the Sunday Times in England earlier this year. It is from the mind of that pratt extraordinaire, Gordon Ramsey. The man can flat out cook. Even my finicky 12 year old daughter inhales this soup. It is even better on day 2 and day 3. It has become my favourite soup.

I have converted metric measurements to imperial

Tuscan Bean Soup
Serves 4

1 15oz can of cannellini beans - drained and rinsed
2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
2 garlic cloves, chopped
3 tbsp chopped parsley, plus extra to garnish
1 onion, finely chopped
1 leek, finely chopped
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
4 sticks celery, sliced
4 cups of chicken stock or broth (original recipe called for 1 litre)
Freshly ground salt and pepper

1 Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the garlic. Cook for a minute, add the parsley and the vegetables, then cook for a further 2-3 minutes.

2 Meanwhile, bring the stock to the boil in a separate saucepan. Add to the vegetables. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add the beans and cook for a further 10 minutes. Adjust the seasoning.

I like to serve this up with a piece of garlic bread or cheese toast. My daughters and I also love to have a grilled cheese sandwich with this.


caressmewell 54F

1/5/2006 7:52 pm

Thanks for the recipe. I bet this is delicious.

Fallic40 54M
1858 posts
1/5/2006 9:08 pm

it tastes wonderful and it is very healthy too

tillerbabe 57F

1/5/2006 11:26 pm

I so "NEED" this! Thank you! I'll bring the recipe to work, (Firefighters love comfort food like this!) {=}
..back to working on the "Ark".....
BTW: Portland rocks!

Fallic40 54M
1858 posts
1/5/2006 11:41 pm

what can I say tiller, if my daughter's can lust over the male firefighters, then I should be able to find a nice female firefighter of my own.

NaughtyNurseMn 49F
74 posts
1/6/2006 9:17 pm

Considering I've been in bed for two days, not feeling well- this would have come in handy! If only you'd been here to make it and serve it to me as your picture shows you!

I have a 12 year old daughter as well, you have your work cut out for you! How about for yourself a nice nurse instead?

The Naughtiest Nurse You'll Ever Know...


Fallic40 54M
1858 posts
1/8/2006 8:46 pm

hi nikki, i was amazed at how good this tasted because the recipe is so simple.

Fallic40 54M
1858 posts
1/8/2006 8:48 pm

hello there, naughtynurse, 12 year old daughters are a handful - add a 16 year old daughter to that and it gets real run. Every guy would love a nurse like you.

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