Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Cook It - A Hearty Winter Warmer

Farmer's Cheese Soup is a scrumptious, hearty winter soup that was a staple made by my Mum back in the day. She would serve it in hand turned pottery bowls that had been warmed in the oven. "Don't touch the bowl" she would say "it's HOT", and indeed it was.

I made this to take on our family pic-nic the other day and we reheated it on the gas camp cooker, sizzled our bacon on the camp fire and crisped our mammoth croutons in lashings of butter. It was delicious.

For a fancy twist, replace the bacon with prosciutto- you won't regret it.


4 tablespoons butter 
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
2 carrots, scraped & diced into 1/4 pieces
2 potatoes, diced into 1/4 pieces (1/2 lb)
1/2 lb cauliflower, trimmed & cut into florets
1/4 lb celeriac, peeled & diced into 1/4 pieces
6 cups chicken stock
4 slices lean bacon
4 slices white home style bread
4 ounces gouda cheese, sliced to 1/8-inch thick (wax removed)


1. In a Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat; add vegetables and sauté until onion is golden brown (5-7 minutes).
2. Pour in the stock; bring to a boil over high heat.
3. Partially cover pan, and lower heat.
4. Simmer until vegetables are tender crisp (20 minutes).
5. In a heavy skillet, fry the bacon over medium heat until brown and crisp around the edges, and most of the fat has cooked off.
6. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
7. Fry the bread in the bacon grease so that it is crisp and brown on both sides.
8. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
9. Preheat-broiler to its highest setting.
10. Float the bacon on top of the soup, and top each slice with a piece of the fried bread.
11. Arrange cheese slices over top, covering bread and surface of soup completely.
12. Slide dutch oven into broiler so top is about 3 inches from heat source and broil until cheese melts and turns a light golden brown (2-3 minutes).

recipe from here.

What was a staple soup in your place when you were growing up?
Pumpkin? Am I right?


  1. Vegetable soup and yep, the good old pumpkin soup. Love them both...but this one of your Mum's looks incredible! xx
    P.S. I hope my little gift to Elke has arrived safely.

  2. Um... YUM! That looks utterly delicious! A staple winter warmer at our place was and still is a traditional Russian borscht. Full of yummy-ness and goodness.

    Sophie xo

  3. Oh my! That sounds divine!! We were tomato chowder and pea and ham kiddies. Gotta love soup season :) xx

  4. I've never ever heard of cheese soup, but I really want to try it right now. Sounds deliciously filling.

    And yes, pumpkin was the staple growing up. Also chicken (of course) or cauliflower or lamb and pearl barley.

  5. my dad is the king of hearty soups - i love his chicken and veg, but the sticky lamb is pretty good too (and with homemade bread, amazing!)

  6. We didn't really eat soup as kids (crazy, because we were pretty skint for a bit there)! We did however eat mum's pressure cooker casserole which we affectionately called 'Muck'. I have some 24hour chook stock bubbling away, will get onto this soup over the next couple of days. And, mmmmm...cheese.

  7. mmmm this looks so yummy for a rainy day like today! xo


  8. Tomato. Num. also my mom makes a mean minestrone. And a mean split pea. And chicken noodle. We ate a lot of soup! Still do. Adding this to the rotation!! X

  9. divine - I'm so inspired to take soup on a picnic - funny things one never thinks of! xx

  10. You had me at cheese.
    So very American but our go to soup dinner was tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.
    I hated it growing up but my current favourite is thick, hearty pea and ham...heavy on the ham.

  11. This looks aaaamazing! I'll definitely be making this.

  12. Yum, your soup looks so tasty and it's cold and wet in Brisbane so it looks even more inviting. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em