Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Baby, it's Cold Outside! {Plus a Recipe!}

I don't know why I foolishly thought we could bypass winter all-together.  It seemed too good to be true.  Not that I don't like winter or snow.  I just don't like the cold!

We didn't have a "White Christmas". In fact, winter started off without any snow. It was unusually mild until just recently.  It was only yesterday that we got our first huge snowfall. I think it was somewhere in the neighbourhood of 8 inches! A friend's Facebook status told me it was 2 feet of snow though. Either way, it's still a lot of snow.

Anyway, I'm not complaining. I love the snow. Freshly fallen snow is just so pretty. Up in the country, the snow on our property is fresh and white. It's not the slushy, black, stuff I remember from all the traffic in the city.

Did I mention  how much I love snow? I love playing in it and can't wait to go sledding/sliding with Little One. I can't wait to build snow forts and snowmen, and yes...even make snow angels!  Okay, maybe I don't love having to clean my van off in the mornings or having to shovel the deck. I do love seeing Little One and my canine baby, Chance playing in the snow though. Unbelievably cute!

Another thing I love about winter? All the homemade soups I get to make!  Granted, one can make soup any time of the year, but there's nothing nicer than coming in from the cold and having a bowl of hot soup to take the chill off!

Here's one of our favourites!  Okay, so it's not intended as a hot soup!

Vichyssoise Soup
Technically, Vichyssoise soup, as its original name suggests (crème vichyssoise glacée), is to be enjoyed chilled and not as a hot soup. It's known to many as a creamy chilled leek and potato soup. I may be committing a cardinal sin in French cuisine by serving it hot. I actually do chill it in the summer months, but in the winter, I like my soup hot!

At my bridal shower 7 years ago, my maid of honour put together a cookbook with favourite recipes from my female family members and friends. I still revert to that book for some of our family favourites. My aunt's Vichyssoise Soup recipe is in the book. Because it's her recipe, I will not post it. However, I will post another one similar to hers.

4 cups leeks, sliced
4 cups potatoes, diced (cleaned and peeled)
6 cups water (I add chicken bouillon)
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup creme fraiche or heavy cream (or milk)
Chives, chopped (to garnish)

In a large saucepan, add butter. Add leeks and potatoes. Cook until transparent. Add water/stock. Puree or blend if you wish. Season with S & P and adjust to your taste. After chilling soup, stir in your cream or milk. Before serving, sprinkle chives to garnish.


Little Miss Kate said...

ohh yummy! I was just thinking I need some new soup recipes - it is that time of year.
Thanks for sharing!

Multi-Testing Mommy said...

Mmmm....yummy - once I've lost my weight and I'm on "maintenance", you better believe that I will make this soup :) Yum!

Kelly @ City Mom said...

I hate the cold but love the snow too. It's too bad you can't have one without the other :( That soup looks good. I'm not a fan of chilled soups so I would heat it too!

Shasher's LIfe said...

I was boasting yesterday about our warm winter, it was +9 during the day and now.... we'll now we have snow and it's getting COLD, it's -8 right now. That should teach me a lesson....

on the other hand. I LOVE SOUP. I love making soup! I've never made a cold soup yet... gotta try!

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~ The Country Mouse ~ said...

What a crazy winter it has been. It poured rain all day yesterday and now there is a tiny bit of snow on the ground. But, the temperature has really dropped.

Tarasview said...

mmm - the soup looks yummy!!

I love snow too... but I hate being cold. We've had snow for ages though up north here :)

MommyKat said...

This soup looks so tasty! I'm a huge soup fan. We're at minus 42 with the wind today, but we got spoiled for the rest of the winter, so I won't complain! :) (BTW, someone should check her emails and maybe her spam folder just in case because someone won a prize at MK&K...#justsayin)

Katrina Brady said...

I do not like cold. Period. I don't like snow right now either cause I have to shovel it with hubby's injury. The soup looks amazing though. I'm a huge fan on soups during the winter too! Actually, any nice warm snuggly food to go with it as well :)

Mom vs. the boys said...

love that fur collar!

C said...

Hmmm! You've got me thinking of posting a new soup recipe a week now! We'll see! The intent is there. Now for the follow through! LOL!

C said...

:) She's a character, isn't she? Faux fur collar and blue shades with lots of bling!

C said...

I'm so glad we have a tractor to get rid of the snow. There is no way I would be able to shovel our "driveway" because our "driveway" is more like a ROAD! No kidding! Our "laneway" is just as long as the road I lived on when I was a kid in the city! LOL!

C said...

Did I win something!?!?!? :) :) :)

I've checked all of my e-mail accounts, but haven't found anything in the spam folders! :(

Sober Julie said...

I want to be able to pull off that look...I keep trying lol

C said...

:) Yay!

C said...

LOL! Julie! You have more sense of style in your left pinky than most people have in total! I think I told you that when I saw you at SCCTO! You are one stylin' Mama!

C said...

I'm with you on the chilled soups thing. Although a friend once made a "dessert soup" out of cantaloupe and other fruits. It was refreshing!

C said...

The love snow/hate cold poses quite the dilemma for us, doesn't it? :) I was outside earlier and the snow was so pretty. I didn't last long though, since I got cold really quickly!

OrangeHeroMama said...

Mmm! I made and tried this for the first time a few days ago!!(served hot)..LOVE LOVE LOVE!

oh! and you are more than welcome to have the snow that's here! I don't want it! lol

Whispered Inspirations said...

That looks delicious. I'd soooo try it. :) I love potato soup.

Wendy S said...

I love soup on a cold day! G

Mimi said...

Yum, going to swipe this one to try on Saturday - my recipe testing day!

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