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Happiness Soup (Lemon, Summer Squash and Barley Soup)

Posted in Appetizers, Mains (Vegetarian), Soups by janet @ the taste space on October 13, 2010


Colours can be very powerful. Blue may calm, red may engage and when I picked the paint colour for the first house I rented in university, I chose “creme fraiche”, a light, pale yellow. It helped to lighten up oftentimes shady rooms with a bit of cheeriness. Yellow has that power.

Last week, it suddenly became cold and wet. It reaffirmed the end of summer. Combined with feeling a bit lonely, I knew I needed a bit of a pick me up.  I searched for the perfect place to use some yellow summer squash.  As Claudia Roden has said, “Eating yellow foods will result in laughter and happiness”.  Here, you have happiness in a bowl of yellow soup.


I didn’t make up the name of the soup. It is a recipe by Nigella Lawson, which features a lot of happy, yellow ingredients.  It was a really yellow soup!  If it wasn’t already yellow enough with the yellow summer squash, broth and lemon zest, turmeric added that extra hue of infiltrating yellow.  The yellow was so infiltrating it stained my spatula yellow, too! ;) I replaced the rice from the original recipe with barley for more filling soup.

Like all soups, it was a snap to make and I grinned after my look. The lemon really makes this taste like a light soup, but the barley makes this more of a substantial meal. For all of those eating after a post-(Canadian) Thanksgiving feast, this soup is for you, too!

This is my submission to this week’s Weekend Herb Blogging hosted by Prof Kitty from The Cabinet of Prof. Kitty.

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