The soup pact

“In for soup tonight?” is the sentence lighting up the screen of my phone, somewhere around noon. It’s from my mom. She and I have a sort of understanding, a tradition, no… a pact together. A soup pact that is.

There are a few unwritten laws you have to act to with only a handful of people. Especially when it comes to eating. I have a few eating habits I only share with certain people. A habit that’s only right when you’re with them. For example I have these two colleagues who I have coffee or breakfast at the office with. A friend I always end up cooking Indonesian for and another ‘steak’ friend. Cocktail with them, late afternoon bites with others. One of my cousins and I never know what to order so we just order over half the menu when going out to dinner (and manage to eat is all too). Eating everything on the menu in one go in my other cousins restaurant is mentally mandatory. My nieces it is always some sort of sweet, cake or pie. And together with my boyfriend I like to discover new flavors and analyze until deep into the night with a glass of wine or other good.

And with my mom? Soup. Usually a broth with lots and lots of veggies. Whenever we eat together, whether it’s at my place or back home at hers, that’s what simmering on the stove late afternoon.

I spent the weekend back ‘home’ at my mom’s. And as always we had a nice bowl of (heart)warming soup, a clear veggie broth with herbs, mushroom and toast.

For two:

  • 1 L (homemade) veggie stock
  • 1 leek finely sliced
  • 1 stalk of celery, chopped
  • some snipped chives, chervil and parsley
  • 200 – 250 sliced mushrooms
  • salt and pepper
  1. Bring you stock to a gentle boil and add all ingredients.
  2. Leave it to simmer and toast a few slices of bread.
  3. In the meantime, have a taste and season if need be.
  4. Serve, dip ‘n slurp :)


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