Cultural Immersion – Six Great Traditional Honduran Soups

Hondurans love soup. It is served at most family gatherings, and at nearly all semi-formal dinners, being the true measure of the cook’s culinary abilities. As a main dish, some restaurants serve nothing else. Most traditional “sopas” have variations throughout Latin America, maintaining their regional distinctiveness by the use of locally obtained flavorings and spices. Most are clear, not thick, and the successful combination of homegrown ingredients, along with the culinary techniques of diverse ethnic cultures is truly an art.

A few of the classics which no visitor should pass up:

SOPA DE MONDONGO: This is the king of Latin American soups. Available throughout the Americas south of Mexico, in hundreds of local variations, it has its roots in the Caribbean island of Dominica in Spanish Colonial days. According to historians it began among African slaves as a means to use animal products not considered fit for the master’s table, along with ve

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Soup Cooking: Interesting Facts and Tips

Of course, we are talking about real, tasty, good-quality Soups. Soups quite easily reduced to the level of primitive and tasteless meals, if they are prepared without adequate training and, more importantly, without an understanding of their specific properties. It is noticed, that to cook delicious soup for many chefs are more difficult than any sophisticated dish.

Therefore, in most cases, soups cooked in a slipshod manner – why bother when a good result anyway not easy to achieve: very often in the dining room and the house soups become the most tasteless, unappetizing food. They are eaten because “we need to eat soup”, “need to eat something hot”, “winter always need to eat the soup,” and other similar reasons, which are very far from the taste evaluation. And we are so used to it that our banquets, gatherings, dinner parties, birthdays and other occasions usually goes without soups. They are not serving, because the food is &#82

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Russian Soups

Soup is one of the most important meals in Russia and mostly you will find that the Russian soups are very important to the Russians and they are usually served in the afternoon. There are very many kinds of Russian soups and if you were to put them in a list it will turn to be one endless list. Among some of the Russian soups that will be mentioned borsch is very famous compared to the other Russian soups which is made of beef and meat and it is normally served with sour cream. You will also come across vegetable soups which are referred to as shei.

This vegetable soups are usually made from vegetables an there ingredients will include potatoes, cabbages and meat. On top of that all you will also come across a specification that is normally referred to as the shei postnie. Note that this type of soup is the same as the one that was earlier mentioned. The only difference with shei postnie is that meat is part of the ingredient. Russian soups will also include soups that are m

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Make Soup a Regular Part of Your Daily Diet

As a child, when I was unwell or laid up in bed with the cold virus, my mother would insist that I had a bowl of warm thick nutritious soup. It is a great comfort food and maybe it was a placebo effect but I always seem to feel better after a bowl of warm soup. I particularly like having soups on cold bleak winter days. The great thing about soup is that you can make it with whatever food you have in your kitchen and that includes left overs. To make soups with good flavour make sure you have excellent soup stock.

If you are keen to make great soups, you will find thousands of recipes on the Internet or on the bookshelves. There is no great need to have special equipment to make great soups. A chopping board, a sharp knife and a pan is all you need sometimes. A blender will be a useful equipment to get the consistency of your choice.

Soup is international and the taste and ingredients vary. In the Far East lentils are used and although they have different names, it is

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Make Soup a Regular Part of Your Daily Diet

As a child, when I was unwell or laid up in bed with the cold virus, my mother would insist that I had a bowl of warm thick nutritious soup. It is a great comfort food and maybe it was a placebo effect but I always seem to feel better after a bowl of warm soup. I particularly like having soups on cold bleak winter days. The great thing about soup is that you can make it with whatever food you have in your kitchen and that includes left overs. To make soups with good flavour make sure you have excellent soup stock.

If you are keen to make great soups, you will find thousands of recipes on the Internet or on the bookshelves. There is no great need to have special equipment to make great soups. A chopping board, a sharp knife and a pan is all you need sometimes. A blender will be a useful equipment to get the consistency of your choice.

Soup is international and the taste and ingredients vary. In the Far East lentils are used and although they have different names, it is

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Tips For Preparing Chicken Stock For Chicken-Based Soups

When people see a recipe using chicken stock, more likely than not, they open a can or box of chicken stock from the supermarket. What they might not realize is that making homemade chicken stock is really no more difficult than boiling water. The only difference is that you add some vegetables and spices to the water to flavor it. Once you make your own chicken stock, you will not want to go back to canned or boxed broth (except when you’ve run out of homemade stock from your freezer).

The basic ingredients in a good homemade chicken stock are chicken bones (and skin sometimes), onion, celery, carrots, peppercorns and bay leaves. You can also add parsley, ginger, and thyme. If you make roast chicken, save the bones and skin. While you’re washing the dishes after a roast chicken dinner, simply put the chicken bones and skin in a stock pot, along with some onion, celery, carrots, peppercorns and bay leaves, and let it simmer for a few hours. If you don’t have

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Benefits of Herbal Soups

The Chinese have long believed that diet was vital to good health. They also believe that diet can cure disease. Only recently has modern medicine proven what they have believed all along. If a happier, healthier and very likely longer life is your goal then adjusting your diet is not only recommended but truly necessary. So try the large variety of herbal soup recipes from around the world, starting with China where ancient physicians knew what modern researchers are just now proving.

Part of an overall healthy diet in China is that nothing is eliminated, so an expansion of the palate is necessary. Sweet, sour, bitter, savory, spicy, pungent and bland are all needed for total body health so expand your horizons and stop being picky if you want to be healthy. Forget what you have learned from western diet fads eliminating food groups in an effort to lose weight or improve health. These diets force the body to shed pounds by making it operate in manners it was not designed for

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Delicious Vegan Caribbean Soups Recipes

Soup is such an easy meal to prepare and if you live in a country with winter months then this is perfect to add to your recipe collection. Try these as a meal and can me served with some nice wholemeal bread rolls.

Red Peas Soup

Ingredients

1 pint or 570 ml red peas/kidney beans

1 onion

2 stalks scallions

1 sprig thyme

1 bell pepper

Optional Ingredients

1 lb or 450 g yellow yam

8 oz or 225 g sweet potato

1 lb or 450 g coco (coco is a root vegetable but you can use potato instead)

For the dumplings

5 oz or 150 g or flour

½ tsp salt

Enough water to bind

Preparation

  • Boil red peas (kidney beans) in about 8 pints or 4½ litres of water.
  • When peas are almost cooked add seasoning and ground provision.
  • Remove bell pepper after about 10 minutes.
  • Add salt to taste, if necessary.

For the dumplings

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Soups, Types and Styles

Do you know the difference between

  • A Soup
  • A Casserole
  • A Stew
  • A Hot Beverage?

I define soup as a liquid food that has been prepared by boiling a combination of vegetables, meat, fish and seasoning

Soup is most often served as a starter as the first part of dinner, but depending on the type of soup, it is can also be the focal point of a dinner, being supplemented with bread or toast.

Soup is also used for medicinal purposes, as a way to provide a nutitional meal that is easy to digest.

Types of Soup

CLEAR SOUPS

Clear Soups are made from a carefully prepared stock, using either meat or vegetables to give it flavour. The main varieties of clear soups are bouillon and consomme

THICK SOUPS

Thick soups are also made from stock but are thickened by the addition of milk or cream, vegetables, eggs, rice or grain. Thick soups can be quite similar to stews or casseoles, and can form

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Fresh Mushroom and Cheddar Cheese Soups Start With Opening a Can

Canned soups are some of the best convenience foods around. Home cooks use them for casseroles, sauces, meat loaf, Sloppy Joes, and cream sauces. But many canned soups have too much salt and lack distinctive flavor. Still, I keep several cans on the shelf.

My husband is retired and often home for lunch. Unlike many wives, who complain about fixing lunch for their husbands, I welcome these opportunities to eat together. For us, noon-time is catch-up time. We compare our “To Do” lists and cross off items one by one.

Lunch stumped me the other day, however. I planned to eat leftovers from the restaurant meal I enjoyed the previous evening. While there was enough food for one, I couldn’t stretch it to feed two. What could I fix for my husband? On the pantry shelf I found a can of Golden Mushroom soup and boosted the flavor with extra ingredients.

I started by sauteing a box of sliced fresh mushrooms in butter and olive oil. Finely chopped onion, ce

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