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We know that the Devotional Chef has a certain amount of reverence not only for God, but for the meals he makes as well. The man LOVES to cook, and that love may come out even more in this podcast than in the others we have done to date. It’s a longer and more detailed show. You might not think that prior to listening, but soup is a priority for the Chef – and we can attribute this to the extreme flexibility of possibilities for soup STOCK, which is the principal ingredient of any soup. Here he goes into step-by-step details on creation of stock for various types of soup (though in this case he returns frequently to Vegetable Beef Soup with Pasta, one of his favorites).
If you listen to the podcast, you will have a strategy for just about any soup you care to make. The LINK IS RIGHT HERE.
Before we get into some of the critical notes from this podcast, we want to remind you to check out DevotionalChef on Twitter, because the Chef is beginning to become aggressive on Twitter about drawing out “JR” Jim Ross for a BBQ showdown!
The Chef, being from Louisiana as he is, will tend to focus on broth ingredients suitable for Cajun or Creole-based recipes, though he recognizes the regional effects of where you live on any cooking, never mind for a dish such as soup, which is more than average region-dependent. Terms such as mirepoix (root vegetables) and bouquetgarni (desired spices) are introduced wherever there is French-derived cooking as is true in this case.
Stock is a powerful agent in the creation of soup, because the same stock, created in large enough quantities and stored properly, can be used in a number of different soups. Here are a couple of examples we found:
This first is a beef/chicken stock with root vegetables used for (among other things) pho. Per Cook My Mind, which has extra cooking instructions and definitions of terms.
||And this is the beginning of a seafood stock that could also be used for (among other things) a crab boil. The photo was available on Creative Commons.
Here are some tips on the preparation of stock:
You can also make a very nice root vegetable soup by running the veggies through a blender before completing the simmer. There is a recipe just for this purpose HERE. The instructions, and this photo, come from She Likes Food.
As is often the case in Devotional Chef recipes, and certainly here: Cook smarter, not harder. There are no rewards for working harder in this recipe. For instance, there are canned broths in your favorite grocery store, and even bouillon cubes, to lend flavor to stock. As is the case in any recipe, if you work with bouillon, be sure to go easy on the salt.
Once the stock is done, you can use it to make a soup by adding the ingredients peculiar to the particular soup. For the Chef’s Beef Vegetable Pasta Soup, you’d add crumbled grilled hamburger meat, garlic and tomato sauce/crushed tomatoes, etc. and throw in your favorite pasta at the end of simmer for a few minutes. Yum!
There is a recipe for Beef Vegetable Pasta Soup in the new Devotional Chef Cookbook, which is currently under construction. We are rewriting the book to include new recipes and new devotionals. It’ll be a cookbook you’ll want to add to your kitchen, and it will be ready soon so stay tuned!Advertisements