Thursday, October 1, 2009


The weather here seems to have gone from summer directly to winter. A few days ago, I was in a t-shirt and skirt, finally adjusted to the fact that I don't always have to bring a hoodie when I go out, and then last night I went out in a big coat and was still freezing. It's really just fall weather, and I didn't even need to break out the huge, sleeping bag-like winter coat, but being from San Francisco, I always forget that seasons exist, let alone change. Anyway, the point of this is that Lola & I were in need of some warming soup.

Rice, carrot, and tomato soup
serves 2
1/2 cup brown rice, cooked
2 medium carrots,sliced
1/2 onion, diced
Italian seasoning to taste
14 oz diced tomatoes & juices
1/2 cup water
3/4 can cannelloni beans
1 teaspoon olive oil
Heat the olive oil in a skillet and add the carrots and onion. Saute until they start to get soft, about 5 minutes. Add everything else except for the Italian seasoning and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste.
The next day, I used the leftovers to make a Mexican version of this soup with fried corn tortillas instead of rice, cumin instead of Italian seasoning, and some cayenne and hot sauce. I topped that with some grated cheese.
Both versions of the soup were warming, comforting, and very filling. They also turned out a bit more like stew than soup, because we tend to throw in a lot of veggies, rice, etc when we make soup. So if you'd like it more soupy, use the liquid from the canned tomatoes, but not the tomatoes themselves.


Mombre said...


Farty Girl said...

Hey Ladies!

You're right... this September is weird for the east coast... usually we stay warm until mid-October. But we love the fall & started rocking squash and pumpkin soups three weeks ago... the day it got cold out!

This soup looks delicious. I love your style of cooking! You guys remind me of these twins I used to play in a band with... punk rock twins who loved Mexican food... beans, rice, corn, guac, tofu... all sorts of ingredients I see as I scroll down on your blog. They are still in a band by the way, if you want to check them out... Witch Hunt is their name... for a second, I was like, did Janine and Nicole start a food blog?... anyway, finding your site was a little like finding old friends... even though I don't know you guys. :)

the twins said...

thanks! i am glad to be mistaken for such cool twins =)

Michele said...

I think your soup looks so delicious!