17 January 2011

Soup and Bread at My Place

This past Saturday I took on the wonderful task of cooking up a giant batch of my roasted tomato soup, a huge pot of lentil soup with sausage, and then baking two loaves of focaccia with herbs and two loaves of challah bread - finished off with a wonderful homemade apple crisp. I was in the mood to host a dinner, and definitely in the mood to cook. I spent 7 hours in the kitchen working my way through some of my favorite play-lists, kneading dough, waiting for it to rise, roasting tomatoes, baking up an amazing crisp, braiding bread, stirring pots, and feeling very Julia Child-ish.

It was an amazing dinner, and the grilled cheese sandwiches made on my challah bread were an absolute hit!!

Tomatoes in various stages of roasting.
Herb focaccia bread, start to finish.
Fresh made loaves of challah. Braiding them was really fun!
The finished product! Yummy soup, fresh bread, mulled wine, generic beer, and a beautiful apple crisp! Bon appetite!

If you are interested in getting any of these recipes, please feel free to contact me/ or leave a comment. The soups can be made vegetarian/vegan if you change the chicken stock to vegetable stock and cut the cream/sausage. The focaccia is completely vegan as well. 


  1. i LOVE challah bread (esp from Q's!). i bet yours is incredible. my only complaint here is that we didnt get to see you in a sweet apron and pearls! ;)

  2. I was wearing an apron all day!!! No pictures of me all snazzy... Next time I'll incorporate a kitchen outfit post!

  3. Sounds like a really fun evening and not too difficult to pull off (minus your extreme bread making skills, you're awesome!) so I should host something similar in the future.

    I want that sausage lentil soup recipe, yum! Thanks.

  4. you make me proud!!! love you Mama

  5. i am so jealous of your culinary skills! i suck at opening a can of soup. that challah looks AMAZING!!!!!