03 June 2013

Secret Recipe Club - June !



It's officially Winter here in Melbourne and I couldn't be happier.  

We may not get the beautiful falling snow or frozen lakes that the northern hemisphere see, but we do still get to rug up in our woolly scarfs and gloves and curl up under blankets with pots of tea or bottles of red.

My first ever experience of snow was when I was 13 and travelling through North America with my mum .  We had set off from Las Vegas early that morning, travelled through Death Valley (with its 40 degree heat) on our way to Yosemite with its beautiful snow everywhere.  This was the place of my first every snow ball!

For me, and I'm quite sure for most people, Winter means comfort food, and nothing shouts comfort food than a hearty bowl of rich, chunky soup.  So when I was assigned this months blog for our Secret Recipe Club - Jess from Inquiring Chef - I jumped straight to her soup recipes.  Within 2 minutes I'd made my decision.

White Chicken Chili Soup



I'm a huge fan of Jess' blog (Inquiring Chef) as her stories and photography are just beautiful and fun.  Her personal story is also an interesting one in that she's an American who packed up her life and headed off to live in Thailand with her husband Frank.  I always envy people who have the courage to do this.  I'm not sure I have it in me.




Jess mentions that she has made the base of the soup much lighter by using plain Greek yoghurt instead of the heavy cream commonly used.  Being a fan of yoghurt myself, I stuck with this change also.  However, through having way too much on my plate this month, I had to make a few other changes at the last minute due to poor planning.  I completely forgot to get sweet corn.  I didn't have time to make the salsa verde.  And I had nothing green to add a fresh colourful touch.

Even with all this going on, I have to say that the soup was absolutely delicious....after I worked out that navy beans were haricot beans....who knew?!










28 comments:

  1. Nice photos! I like white chili. Nice choice!

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  2. I love white chili, too. Yours looks beautiful and tasty.

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  3. Even though it's hot here, I'd still devour a bowlful of your chili.

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    1. Thanks Lisa. Sometimes I think spicy food works best in hot weather.

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  4. Leigh, I'm so jealous of your soup-worthy weather and your need for sweaters and red wine to warm up. It's hotter than hot here at the moment! I'm so glad that you liked the soup, and so very glad to have found your lovely blog. (P.S. Navy beans and haricot beans are the same thing?! I've seen haricot beans at the market here and never knew!)

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    1. Hi Jess. I've loved wandering through your blog and this recipe was delicious - it was devoured within 2 days. I learnt something new too re the navy/haricot beans...who knew?! :)

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  5. Chili on a cold winter day is the best! Looks delicious. If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC entry Paradise Mango Curried Shrimp.

    Lisa~~

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    1. Thanks for your comment Lisa - I'll be taking a peek at your post shortly.

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  6. I love Jess' blog too! And totally agree: winter means comfort food, however when spring means barely clearing 15C soups might be working in spring too! ;)

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  7. Hey Pola - this soup would be perfect for you too. Enjoy! :)

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  8. I love chicken chili...so delicious! Yours looks really great. :)

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  9. Chicken chili is a personal favorite, but who knew it was international? Your photos are quite delicious too.

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    1. I'd actually never heard off this dish before, but very happy that I now have! Thanks SD!

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  10. Oh a white chili? Will have to try that, looks great.

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  11. Even though we are supposed to be heading into summer here in the US, it was definitely cold enough just the other day for a bowl of chili!

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  12. My first thought was... soup in the summer? I cannot handle that... but then I remembered you are in Australia! Made perfect sense. :)

    This does sound delicious.... we definitely love soups during winter too.

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  13. I am not even against that chili during the summer. Sounds great.

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  14. Thanks for your commens Anne and Katrina. Yep, getting cold over here now and I'm loving it! :)

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  15. Yum! White chili is so yummy!

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    1. Thanks for your comment Kirstin. I'm a fan now too!

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