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Spicy Bacon and Bean Soup

Sometimes, just in a very odd day… I do not feel like cooking.

Ever have one those days?

You know, those days when it is probably towards the end (or start) of the week.. when it has been a long long week, where everything that could have gone wrong has gone wrong. And when you snap at loved one around you who asked you to  to count your blessings ( you know it wasn’t that bad afterall). When the last thing you want to do is to face the kitchen and think about what you and your family would like to eat.

I experienced one of those days recently.

The thing is, on those days, action counts. And once I am in there, knowing that I am making something simple and comforting seems to relieve the “pain” for just that 15 mins that I am in the kitchen. When chopping veges actually cleared your head. And slipping hot spicy soup brings warmth to your heart.

What will we do without soup?

Spicy Bacon and Bean Soup (Serves 4-5) 
Beef stock (1 ltr) 
1 can of mixed beans
1 packet of lean bacon (I used weight watchers) chopped
1 onion chopped
1 tsp of chili powder
 1 can of chopped tomatoes
1 red capsicum chopped
1 cup of mushrooms chopped
4-5 stalks of celery chopped 
1 cup of frozen corn (make that 2 please!)
2 fresh tomato chopped 

some Parmesan cheese and toasted bread to serve

Heat soup pot. Cook bacon till it is slightly brown. Add onion and cook till translucent. Toss veges and beans through add stock. Simmer for15-20 minutes. Taste and season. Serve with cheese, cracked pepper and bread.

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5 thoughts on “Spicy Bacon and Bean Soup”

  1. I can totally relate too (about those ‘off’ days)! and I call it cooking therapy, I think when cooking we focus on the present moment (you don’t want to slice your fingers) and it helps to clear our mind.

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