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Pumpkin Curry Soup December 29, 2017

Filed under: Cooking,guides — misscilicia @ 5:26 pm
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A pumpkin plant showed up in my garden this past summer. I didn’t plant a pumpkin, so how it got there is a mystery, but one I’m happy with. It’s a very good one. It was also very large, and after cooking it and taking it off the rind, I had five quarts to freeze. We had Indian food for Thanksgiving this year and I made a pumpkin curry. I made too much, so I turned the rest into soup. First time I’ve made this, but it sure won’t be the last. It’s quick and easy too.


2 cups pumpkin

1-2 cloves garlic, minced

2 Tablespoons onion, minced

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 cup almond or coconut milk

½ cup water

1-2 teaspoons, or to taste curry, turmeric, ginger, salt & pepper



Sautee the onion, garlic and pumpkin about 5 minutes, then add spices and sautee another 5 minutes. Put in blender or food processor and blend till creamy. Return to pan and re-heat.

I like to serve this with nam bread and a salad.




Hungarian Mushroom Soup May 6, 2017

Filed under: Cooking,guides — misscilicia @ 7:54 pm
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I had this soup at a restaurant recently and liked it so much that I decided to learn how to make it myself. Like about everything I make, it’s quick and easy.


About 10 mushrooms, thinly sliced

½ cup onion, diced

2-4 cloves garlic, to taste

2 cups veggie broth

2 cups almond milk

½ teaspoon dill

¼ teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon mustard powder

Fresh parsley, to taste

Salt & pepper, to taste

Olive oil or butter for sautéing



Sautee mushrooms, onion and garlic about 10 minutes. Add the broth and milk and stir. Add spices and simmer 20-30 minutes to blend the flavor. A green salad goes nicely with this soup.




Lentil Soup December 13, 2016


It has been very cold, so I’ve been making lots of different soups. Soups warm you up inside and out, and are very filling.

One of my basics that I make quite often is lentil soup. If you aren’t familiar with lentils, then I suggest that you google them, They are considered one of the world’s healthiest foods. (

I usually add a carrot, but I didn’t have any. I did, however have a sweet potato, so I used that instead. I’m flexible like that. 🙂 It was just as good. I had half of a tomato, so i threw that in, too,. You can start this soup simmering a few hours before you want to eat, and most of that time this takes is the soup cooking.


2 cups lentils, rinsed

Water to cover, about 4 cups

Garlic and onion, diced, about ¼ cup

¼ to ½ cup carrot or sweet potato, diced

1/2 of a tomato, diced

1 teaspoon veggie bouillon

Bay leaf, salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, cayenne, to taste.

¼ to ½ cup cheese, optional


Simmer lentils in water about 1 ½ hours, until almost tender, Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer about another 15-20, or until done.

Stir in cheese, if desired. This is good with corn bread and a salad.


Quick and Easy Spinach Soup January 23, 2016

Filed under: Cooking,guides — misscilicia @ 12:58 am
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I love spinach but it is always a challenge for me to eat the whole bunch before it wants to go to the compost pile. That was my inspiration for this soup—a need to use up the spinach. This soup is made in less than 30 minutes, from start to finish, which is very nice after a busy day on a cold winter’s night.



1 bunch spinach, cleaned

¼ to ½ diced onion, depending on taste. I use red onion, but any color works.

2-4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup non-vanilla seed milk

1 cup veggie broth, or water and 2 teaspoons veggie bouillon

Thyme, rosemary, oregano, salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon nutritional yeast


Heat olive oil in pan, add onion and cook about 5 minutes, then add garlic and cook a few minutes more. Add a bit of water to the pan, put the spinach in and put a lid on the pan and allow spinach to steam a few minutes, until wilted.

Get out your blender and put in milk and water. Add cooked veggies and yeast. Blend for a few moments until smooth. Return to pan and warm to serving temperature. Serve in pretty bowls. Croutons can be added on top.