Mother Nature has been messing with us a lot this past week. Winter had a lot of periods of spring weather and so far spring has ushered in winter weather. We’ve had freezing temps and snow. Not amused! Fortunately we haven’t had anything in the garden yet and the bulbs seem to be holding their own which is good.
It did present a perfect time for baking and soup last weekend. I found some nice stewing lamb at the co-op and I was in the mood for Moroccan flavours. Something to take the chill off.
This is an easy soup to throw together. In a bowl add 1/2 a cup of flour, a tablespoon of ground tumeric, a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and 2 teaspoons of paprika. Season with sea salt and pepper.
Mix thoroughly. I got about a pound of lamb for this meal. Cut it up in small pieces, an inch/2.5cm square or so. Toss in the flour mixture to coat.
In a large saucepan heat up a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. Brown the lamb in the saucepan for several minutes.
Chop up a small onion and a few cloves of garlic. Add to the pan and saute for a few more minutes.
For some reason, I spaced on taking pictures for the next few steps. Don’t know what I was doing! Add 4 cups of vegetable bouillon to the pan. I use a paste mixed with water rather than the dry cubes. For this I kept it on the light side so the flavour was subtle. Grate a piece of fresh ginger that is about 1 1/2 inches/3-4 cm square. Simmer for a couple of hours at a low temp. Cube an aubergine and add to the soup in the last hour of cooking. After it simmers for awhile check the seasoning and adjust as needed. I added a bit more tumeric and paprika to mine. When the lamb is tender and cooked so it’s falling apart it is ready to serve.
You can’t go wrong with lovely crusty bread and butter with this. As warming this soup was I am looking forward to the weather behaving itself so we can get back to grilling and salads. I am ready for spring!