Growing up in a mixed household meant that I was not only was I blessed with naturally curly hair (thanks Dad), I was also exposed to the wonders of cabbage soup and all things cabbage from the Ukrainian side of my family (thanks mom). Baked cabbage, cabbage rolls, cabbage soup were all staples in our home and I’ve paid my dues, burnt fingers and all, rolling cabbage rolls. I was also lucky enough to grow up with a mom who shuddered at the thought of canned soup. We were introduced to the aroma and heartwarming comfort of homemade soup at a young age and my mom was a master at turning leftovers into amazing, soul-satisfying soups.
Soup has since become my go-to meal in the cold Canadian winters. Easy, filling and healthy. You can come to my house on any given day in the winter, open my fridge and you will find a pot of soup. Soup just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, like a favorite pair of pj’s or the warmth of my cat cuddled on my lap as I write this. Every time I make soup, the aroma fills the house and my clients always ask what’s cooking. I’ve sent many a client home with soup samples to show them how simple can be healthy, satisfying for the soul and taste really, really good all at the same time.
Here’s my vegetarian take on my mom’s cabbage soup:
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