Spiced soup is a specialty dish that many know how to make, but few make very well.
- Note: This recipe comes directly from Terry Goodkind himself.
First, lightly brown some hot peppers in oil. (The little dried red peppers, often used in oriental cooking.) Be careful not to cook them too long, or the soup will be really spicy. After they're browned, take them out. Be sure to get all the seeds, too. I like to break up the peppers and put them in a vertical handled strainer and then lower that into the hot oil. After they brown this makes it easy to take them out. (You could also cook the peppers in a small pan and then pour the oil into a big soup pot through a small strainer, if it's easier for you.) (All the following ingredients should be cut up into bite size pieces.) Sauté ² onions, and then mushrooms (about equal to the onions) in the oil.
After the onions and mushrooms are sautéed, add the following:
- 4 or 5 potatoes
- 3 carrots
- 1 small zucchini
- 1 package frozen corn (or 1 can)
- 1/2 head of cabbage
- 2-15 oz cans of tomatoes (or 1 large one)
- chicken soup base
- dry parsley, crushed
Fill the pot with water so that it generously covers everything. After bringing it to a boil, cover and let it simmer until the vegetables are all cooked. It takes some time for the potatoes to cook. Add water as it evaporates. I like to let the soup simmer all day. It not only makes the house smell wonderful, but it gets better the longer it cooks. With chunks of fresh bread, it makes a hearty meal, especially on a cold day sitting by a crackling fire. Enjoy.