Monday, April 9, 2012


A-Z soups
No, it’s not named after some dude but rather some diverse deliciously fragrant plant leaves combined with seed spices to excite your appetite. Herb soup is delectable, nutritious and will stimulate your taste buds.

So go for the gusto and savour the flavour of Herb Soup

From: The Complete Book of Soups and Stews, Bernard Clayton Jr., Simon and Schuster, N.Y. 1984

Herb Soup                                                 serves 6


  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoons dill seeds

  • 2 tablespoons chopped onions

  • ½ cup chopped parsley leaves plus 1 tablespoon for garnish
  • ½ cup chopped coriander leaves
  • ½ cup chopped fennel leaves
  • ¼ cup chopped basil leaves
  • ¼ cup chopped mint
  • 2 tomatoes, cut into dice

  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 cup plain yoghurt, for garnish


  1. Heat butter in medium saucepan
  2. Add the next 3 ingredients, cook one minute, stirring
  3. Add onion and cook, stirring until turning golden
  4. Add the herbs and diced tomatoes, cook one minute
  5. Add the next four ingredients and simmer for five minutes
  6. Put in batches into electric blender and whirl until creamy
  7. Serve hot with a sprinkling of parsley and a spoonful of yoghurt on top

If you grow all or most of these herbs, here is a good chance to use them. You can omit one or two of the herbs if you haven’t got them all and still make a great herb soup.

You don’t have to be an herbalist to enjoy this audacious, herbal- perfumed beauty. Try it for a refreshing change. It’s good.


Name: Luana Krause said...

Anthony, this soup looks delicious! I will have to try this recipe. I love soups, especially healthy soups.

Lynn Proctor said...

great looking soup, looks good all year round!

Gail M Baugniet - Author said...

You've named so many fantastic herbs for this soup recipe. When I find a good soup idea, I almost wish it was cold outside (like in Wisconsin or Minnesota!) so I could enjoy the comfort of a warm bowl. Ah, the sacrifices I make to live in a warm climate. Theme: A World of Crime

Jay said...

awesome..looks extremely tasty
Tasty Appetite

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

Hi Anthony, you are the soup king! You should really make these A-Z of soups into a soup book! I'd buy it!

This is me, Duncan D. Horne, visiting you from the A-Z challenge, wishing you all the best throughout April and beyond.

Duncan In Kuantan

anthony stemke said...

LUANA KRAUSE: You'll love this, it is very healthy.

LYNN PROCTOR: I could not agree with you more. Thanks.

GAIL M BAUGNIET: Yeah, sacrificing in the Hawaiian islands. If that is sacrificing...
...Do you like Spam? cm

JAY: It is all that. Thanks.

DUNCAN D HORNE: You are the ing of the sequenced alphabet. Love the picture of you two.

Haddock said...

Basil leaves are supposed to be medicinal and one leaf a day is really curative.

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