My sweet husband flew back to Missouri to visit his mother for a week and returned with a miserable cold. He always enjoys a yummy bowl of homemade soup, but when he is even the slightest bit ill, he yearns for soup like it is a magical elixir.
Enter California-based Heidi Swanson. This one woman whirlwind of creativity is a cookbook author, photographer, website publisher, shop curator and bestselling writer. She won a James Beard Award for Super Natural Every Day: Well-loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen. Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel, her latest book, was published last September.
I have a glut of cookbooks, some of which I rarely open, others which have stained and dog-eared pages of favorite recipes I return to often. I subscribe to Swanson’s blog, 101 Cookbooks, and it has become one of those favorite spots I turn to when I am looking to cook something easy, wholesome and luscious.
So, when I was looking for an easy soup to make for my ailing husband, I found this one, using carrots, red curry paste and coconut milk. I am trying to cook vegetarian meals more and more often. Eating a vegetarian diet is healthier for both of us, it is healthier for the planet, and I disagree with the idea of killing animals. I still eat chicken every now and then, and I eat lots of fish, but I am working to limit those as well.