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Creamy Carrot Ginger Beer Soup

20 Jan

Houses Lannister, Baelish, Mormont, Bolton, Stark, Sand, Asshai, Tyrell and Tarth came together last weekend to discover who killed Daenerys Targaryen. Ok, don’t freak out: this is a spoiler-free post! My friends and I put on a murder mystery Game of Thrones dinner party and it was a BLAST. The murder mystery we used is clearly not in line with the actual story progression of Game of Thrones, which made for an interesting twist as we navigated through our given personae and clues.

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We ate tons of delicious food: ALL the chickens (for the meat-eaters), roasted maple squash, jalapeno poppers, flayed potato skins and mashed potatoes, carrot ginger soup, Sansa’s lemon cakes, and even House Sigil cookies! The drinks flowed freely as well, including White Walkers, Dornish Mulled Wine, and a homebrew Chris and I made called “Valar Mozugon,” which means “All men must drink” in High Valyrian. And in true Game of Thrones fashion, we pointed blame at the would-be “murderers,” dealt with Jon Snow’s descriptions of The Wall, and even prevented Sansa and Ramsay from killing each other!

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My character was Brienne of Tarth. If you’re not familiar with murder mystery parties, each attendee is assigned to be a character within the story, along with information about where you were before, during and after the “murder” in question. With that, you interview each other and try to probe for details that could lead to the “killer.” After four rounds of food, drink and accusations, we figured it out!

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Featuring flayed potato skins, jalapeno poppers, Sansa’s lemon cakes and ALL the chicken!

The result was a fun party with a great group of people, some of whom even came costumed as their character! Chris, Ashley and I simply bought t-shirts with our assigned characters’ House crests on them.

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Jaime Lannister, Margery Tyrell, Sansa Stark, Jon Snow

So onto the recipe – I made a large batch soup, which I knew would feed the crowd of “suspects.” It’s creamy, flavorful and the bright orange color is to die for! In a truly Game of Thrones spin, I used a bottle of beer as part of the cooking liquid for added depth. Whip up a batch for your next get together, nerdy or otherwise.

Creamy Carrot Ginger Beer Soup

Serves 8-10 (this can easily be halved to suit your needs. Simply use half a bottle of beer!)

  • 4 tbsp butter or coconut oil
  • 3 large onions, sliced
  • 5 C vegetable stock
  • 1 bottle wheat beer
  • 1.5 C water
  • 3 lbs carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2” fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 C heavy whipping cream
  • Sea salt and fresh black pepper, to taste

In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat butter over medium. Cook onions until they begin to saute and become fragrant.

Add the liquids, carrots and grated ginger. Stir and cover with a lid. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to let simmer about 45 minutes.

Once the carrots are fork-tender, remove the pot from the heat and use an immersion blender to puree until completely smooth. Be careful not to splash carrot everywhere!

Return the pureed soup to medium heat and stir in the cream. Allow the soup to heat the cream; taste and season with salt and pepper.

Ladle into bowls and enjoy!

Leftovers can be kept in the fridge up to a week, or stored in an airtight container in the freezer for a future meal.

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Black Bean Chimichurri Soup

6 May

When I asked my boyfriend if he liked the sound of chimichurri soup, his response was “chimi-what?” I quickly realized this green, herb-filled sauce is not well known in my neck of the woods, which is quite sad given how delicious it is.

For those who are in the same boat as Chris, chimichurri is a sauce that originates from Argentina and is also widely used in Nicaragua and Uruguay. It’s relatively simple to make and is often used on grilled meats. It strikes me as the South American version of Italian pesto sauce – they’re both made up of herbs, oil, spices, and garlic.

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What’s great is that you can either make it fresh, buy a dry mix, or even a bottle of ready-to-go sauce. I happened to have a package of dry mix at home, and the cold temps sparked the idea to transform this traditional sauce into the base of a flavorful vegan soup.

Next time you’re low on vegetable stock, or just want to spruce up your soup with something different, keep this recipe nearby to bring some zing to the dinner table!

Black Bean Chimichurri Soup

Serves 4

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed & diced
  • 1 C frozen corn kernels
  • 2 C black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 C water
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 3 tbsp chimichurri spice mix
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp hot water
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • (or, use 1 cup of your favorite store-bought or homemade chimichurri sauce)
  • 1 C broken tortilla chips, to serve
  • Chopped chives, optional

Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium high. Saute the onion, bell pepper, celery and jalapeno 5-7 minutes. Add the frozen corn kernels and cook another 2-3 minutes. Stir in the black beans and water. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the chimichurri spice mix with the red wine vinegar and hot water. Let sit 5 minutes, and then whisk in 5 tbsp olive oil.

Stir the chimichurri sauce into the simmering soup and let heat through 2-3 minutes. Ladle soup into bowls and top with the broken tortilla chips and chives. Let the chips soak through a bit, and enjoy!

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Pumpkin Lentil Beer Soup

5 Feb

This soup is the product of needing something restorative and nourishing. My body was not happy with me yesterday. Instead of chowing down on bread, cheese and chocolate, I practiced some restorative yoga and cooked up this healthy, nourishing, vegan soup.

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While soup may not actually heal you, I do believe the warmth from a bowl of healthy ingredients can only do the body good. When you pair the potassium of pumpkin, the fiber and protein of lentils, the anti-bloating properties of celery, the metabolism-boosting effects of spicy jalapenos, and the amazing benefits of turmeric, there’s really no way to go wrong. To add to the health factor of this soup, I actually replaced the broth, which is often high in salt, with a combination of beer and water. The alcohol cooks off completely and leaves behind a slightly sweet taste in the soup. It’s better than all that sodium!

If I haven’t sold you yet, this soup is done in less than 45 minutes. Practice some restorative yoga while the soup simmers, or simply enjoy your favorite book. It’s ok to slow down and take time for yourself, especially when your body is yelling at you to do so!

Pumpkin Lentil Beer Soup, adapted from Homemade Delish
Serves 3-4

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 jalapenos, diced
  • 1 C lentils, rinsed and sorted to remove stones
  • 1 150z can pumpkin puree
  • 1 12oz wheat beer or vegetable stock
  • 2.5 C (20oz) water
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Diced avocado, to garnish

In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium-high. Cook onion, celery and jalapenos until translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in the lentils and pumpkin puree, then add the beer, water, and spices.

Cover and bring the soup to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium, and simmer covered for 30 minutes.

Taste the soup to make sure the flavors are to your preference, and that the lentils are cooked through but still have a slight bite to them.

Serve hot in bowls, garnished with diced avocado, a dollop of plain Greek yogurt, or whip them together for a healthy avocado crema!

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