Category Archives: Soups

Delicious Chicken Soup with Homemade Chicken Stock Paste

Right. That’s it! I’m just going to give you the link right now…

creamy chicken soup

Creamy Chicken and Brown Rice Soup. With homemade chicken stock paste. Say no more.

Well, actually I will say some more. This soup is DELICIOUS! I’ve just consumed a bowl of this hearty awesomeness for the second night running and I am trying very hard not to eat my husband’s share (he’s doing such a great job with the kids at cubs that I’d better leave him some for when he comes home starving!).

I have had this recipe sitting in my folder for a while and I kept glancing at the fact that I had to make chicken stock paste first before making the soup. When I turn to making soup, it usually means I am in a hurry and it just seemed all too hard to wait for stock.

Well, silly, silly me! The stock paste was a cinch, made a good amount for use in lots of other dishes, and was so worthwhile.

This soup is creamy, but without cream. To begin, you mill brown rice and almonds and add this to the soup at a later stage. It creates a gorgeous creaminess to the soup, full of goodness. It tastes just like a delicious, old-fashioned soup that your Nanna would make. It is super tasty, filling and only has good things in it. I’m amazed that a few simple ingredients can create such a depth of flavour.

The perfect remedy for my cold. Sniff, sniff!

The recipe is from the fab Jo at Quirky Cooking, a much loved blog. Lots of great recipes to be found there.

So, just wanted to share my yummy dinner with you and encourage you to make it!

Tomorrow I’m taking a jar of the chicken stock paste and the recipe to work for my colleague. Got to share the love!


Beef, Vegetable and Barley Soup

I love this meal. It’s delicious and hearty and fabulous in winter. I’m starting early. I can’t wait any longer for the cooler autumn weather, and besides, I needed something quick and easy tonight.

I happened across another foodie blog, foodfilanderer and found the perfect solution to my dinner dilemma.

Barley and Autumn Vegetable Soup


Now, I have a recipe from The Biggest Loser website called Lamb and Barley Hotpot which I really love and Son 1 loves it with gusto too. He was harping for it tonight so despite having no lamb I set about doing my best. (I always find that I’m just scrounging to make something out of what little is in my fridge or cupboard – the life of a working mum, what can I say!)

I haven’t cooked barley in my Thermomix before so looked for a recipe which involved cooking barley and up came the recipe from the ‘foodfilanderer’ blog.  What an easy one it was!

I made my own tweaks and chopped vegies on speed 5 for a couple of seconds – potato, sweet potato, celery, carrots and 4 cloves of garlic, added 3/4 cup of barley to the bowl, chopped scotch fillet, a tablespoon of Vegetable Stock Concentrate from the EDC cookbook, 2 tablespoons of tomato paste and water to the maximum mark on the TM bowl. Cooked it for 45 minutes at 100 degrees on Reverse Speed 1. It was perfect! If using lamb, I would add a few leaves of rosemary too. You could also throw in other chopped vegies like green beans towards the end of the cooking process. It’s one of those recipes that you can use up what you have and it will always turn out tasting great.

I didn’t get around to the fresh bread to go with it. My Supermum cape was in the wash today.

This is the Biggest Loser Lamb and Barley Hotpot



Cream of Cauliflower Soup with Parmesan

I’m at work, at my desk, eating this soup and just had to blog about it, because it is delicious!

Last week I tried the Cauliflower Soup in the Everyday Cookbook (EDC) and I just knew from the ingredients that it wasn’t going to be the most flavoursome soup out there. Cauliflower, water, flour, butter, salt…hmmm… I wasn’t convinced. The added parmesan at the end just didn’t cut it either.

Now, without bagging it out too much(my husband did eat it all), but the flavour really had no depth to it. Where was the onion, garlic and stock? A bit more creativity wouldn’t have gone astray!

I went straight the the Thermomix Recipe Community website for inspiration and I found “Rockpool’s Cream of Cauliflower Soup with Parmesan”. A quick scan of the ingredients and I knew it would be a hit.

Now, for those non-Aussies, Rockpool is a restaurant in Sydney headed by the famous chef Neil Perry. It’s been around for years, had its ups and downs, yet still remains a favourite. Neil Perry developed the food for Qantas many years ago.  Being an ex-hostie myself, I remember distinctly the Zucchini and Parmesan Soup they used to serve in the pointy end. We would wait until the end of service hoping that not many had ordered it so we could all tuck into it! If this Cauliflower Soup was anything similar, I was going to make it!

So late last night I whipped it up for today’s lunch. Hubby couldn’t wait and polished off a bowl as soon as it was cooked. Now, at my desk, it is the highlight of my boring day! Full of stock, onion, garlic, a bit of Dijon Mustard, freshly milled parmesan…mmmm. I didn’t add as much salt as the recipe said, and I left the cream out too.  I’m glad I have a few extra serves leftover in the fridge. I’ll definitely be making this one again.

Here’s the link: Rockpool’s Cauliflower Soup with Parmesan

And if you would like the Thermomix version of the recipe, CLICK HERE

Cream of Cauliflower Soup

Vietnamese Chicken meatball and Noodle Soup

I came home at 5pm the other day and the kids were starving. I was in my usual state of “I haven’t even thought about dinner” and grabbed a recipe I had printed out from the Thermomix Recipe Community website. I had all the ingredients and within half an hour I had the soup served up! Kid 1 gave it the thumbs up and said it was like his favourite Won Ton Soup (which by the way takes me a LOT longer to make!)

I just love how the Thermomix makes cooking so simple – it barely even feels like cooking and yet you can create something that looks really gourmet!

If I can do it, so can you! Give this delicious Vietnamese Chicken Meatball and Noodle Soup a go!

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