Chicken soup is a staple meal that seems to exist in every culture, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to see that the Scottish also have a great, and unique, chicken soup–cock-a-leekie soup. Traditionally, it has been made with barley (or rice) rather than potato, but this substitution does not take away from the taste.
Known by some as Scotland’s national soup, cock-a-leekie soup may have roots in French cuisine. As far as I’m concerned, I could care less who came up with this great soup. It’s hearty, filling, and really easy to throw together. For now, this will take the place of our chicken noodle soup. At least, for a little while.
Oyster stew is one of the few things that I normally refused to eat growing up—until I was in college, I was confident that oysters were the last thing I should ever eat. Thankfully I’ve lost that perspective, and Heather and I go out for raw oysters fairly regularly at a local raw bar happy hour. This recipe is based off of my late Grandma Dean’s, who I remember for infamously “teaching me my first word: mine.”
Oyster stew is a big tradition in many households, and has roots in the Americas going back to the late 19th Century. Dishes like this one are especially popular for those who celebrate a meatless dinner on Christmas Eve—you may know Italian families that celebrate the Festa dei sette pesci, or Feast of the Seven Fishes. This is an amazing fresh first dish for a meatless dinner, a special occasion, or a light yet savory treat. Continue reading →
It’s late summer and that means the heat and humidity are high in the metro DC area. Still, with fall just around the corner, I have been eager to enjoy the comfort of soup. This weekend, we created a slightly sweet and tangy gazpacho. It’s hearty but smooth and bright, so you can eat it as an appetizer or a meal. We hope you savor our sweet potato gazpacho as much as we did! Continue reading →
This past weekend we were lucky to get together with a few of the local paleo food bloggers in the greater DC area. A long, long time ago (or at least it feels that way), we went to a get-together at Matt and Stacy’s house—otherwise known as the Paleo Parents—and happened to socialize and hang out on the couch with Russ and family over at The Domestic Man. All of that was over two years ago, and we’ve had countless fun get togethers and encounters since then. Adding to the fun, we got to meet Jennifer and family of Predominantly Paleo. It’s great to have so many like-minded families in the area, and hope to have more time hanging out in the future.
This weekend we had the pleasure of doing some cooking, and hanging out, with our friend Russ of the Domestic Man. We cooked for almost a solid 5 hours, and came up with some great recipes to share with you all as a result.
This first piece is a Thai soup based off of what I had ordered from a local Thai restaurant, Tom Kha Hed (ต้มข่าไก่). This soup, sometimes also known as Tom Kha Gai, Kai or just Tom Kha, is literally “chicken galangal soup.” We forwent the chicken itself, but one could easily add chicken and or prawns for a heavier soup.