Leek, White Bean and Kale Soup

Leek, White Bean and Kale Soup

The world is not meant to be -20c.

Yes, I know that logically it sometimes is. But I am not a fan. At the beginning of the year I went to visit my sister in Calgary while they were in the midst of a cold snap. Now, as a west coast kid I had never actually been that cold before. Brain freeze upon leaving the house without the benefit of a frozen treat is just not the best.

What does one do to beat the cold. Make soup, of course! And indoor heating, that's good too. If you really want to go all out you get a blanket, maybe a fire, and this bowl of soup. In any case, since coming up with this soup in Calgary I've made it multiple times and always ate it all before getting around sharing it here. So without further ado...

2 cups Water
1 tsp Fresh Rosemary, chopped
1/2 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Cumin
Salt and Pepper, to taste
1 Garlic Clove, minced
1/2 cup Leek, chopped
1 Cup Tomatoes
2-4 Med Crimini Mushrooms
1 Can White Kidney Beans, drained + rinsed
4 Pieces Bacon (For vegan, use smoked tofu!)
2 Md/Lg Kale Leaves, chopped

Blue Cheese garnish (Super delish in general, but definitely elevates the soup!)
Dried nettle leaf (I used 2 tbs, for some extra nutrients)

1. Cook up some crispy bacon. While that is cooking, get your soup pot and with some oil saute the leek and garlic. Chop up the bacon when cooked.
2. Add water and all ingredients and seasonings. Let simmer for approx 20min.


This recipe serves about 2 people as a full meal. It's nutritious and simple - the only time consuming part being the prep time. As usual, adapt it to what you've got on hand/your taste!

Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

An Afternoon at Granville Island

An Afternoon at Granville Island

Tucked under the Graville St bridge is the artsy world of Granville Island. As I've mentioned, back in September we had a little Sunday afternoon outing to the public market and brewery.

I'm a huge fan of markets. Any market. The Graville Island Public Market is a relatively up scale market. It's full of many delights to tickle your taste buds (gelato, chocolates, breads, falafels, and more!!), produce, meats, flowers and plants, artisan good, and other bits and bobs.

Pistachio gelato was eaten.

We popped into a few of the many little shops in the area as well, but the highlight of the trip was probably the brewery. So that we could try every kind, we ordered two of the sample flights and shared. Fabricio was into the IPA (as usual) and my faves were the amber ale and the raspberry ale. You can check out their website here and stop by if you're in the area, and presumably a beer fan.

A lovely afternoon was had. And looking back is a nice reminder of sunshine now that Vancouver is definitely under the rainy cloud of fall.

Happy Sunday, friends.