Soup. Zuppe. Sopa. Potage. Wherever around the world this wondeful course has satisfied and elated billions through the centuries. Steaming bowls. Cold concoctions. Fresh ingredients. Frozen. Instant. Curling up to a bowl at night. Poised at the table during formal occassions. Slurping at the local diner. Breathing in the aromatic steam at the campsite. Recuperatinig with chicken. Feed a cold.
Soup as we know it is a result of millions of years of development. Countless vats, stockpots and bowls were created and destroyed. Puree. Clear. Creamed. Veloute. Asian. Latino. Mexican. American. Chowders. European. German. The permutations are endless. Why is soup good for you? Let me count the ways....
Soups are healthy - Broths are good remedies for the cold and flu. Chicken soup has ant-inflammatory properties. The steam help decongest the respiratory system. It stimulates digestion. Cures hangovers. Slows aging. Relaxes. Detoxifies.
Convenience - Soup can be an entire meal in itself. It's portable. It's hot. It's ready when you need it to be. It can be packed in one container. In some cases, you don't even need a spoon. You can have it any time of the day. Can save you money. Can make you spend good money. It applies to all seasons.
Soul Food - It encourages bonding. It comforts the hopeless, the desparate. It keeps loneliness at bay. Cures heartbreaks. Celebrates unions. Feeds the ego. Inspires creation. Inspires ideas. It brings together lost lost friends. Compassion is created. Love is shared. Mom comes into the picture more often. Makes you laugh. Brings back memories. Creates new ones. Encourages harmony. Harbors controversies. Unites religions. Have I mentioned it relaxes?
It can jump through hoops - Versatile. Flexible. Myriad. Soup can be anything you want it to be. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. Snack. Midnight snack. Dessert. Craving. Aphrodisiac. Millions of recipes available in books, magazines and the internet. Fits every mood. To a T. You would be hard pressed to find a soup recipe that does not apply to you. Soup is highly adaptable.
Soup puts the heart at ease, calms down the violence of hunger, eliminates the tension of the day, and awakens and refines the appetite. - Auguste Escoffier, "the king of chefs and the chef of kings" (1847-1935)
What is your favorite soup?