Come For The Daring Bakers Challenge, Stay For Diann’s Soup!


This is my first skipped challenge. I hated to do it, but I decided to sit this one out, literally, because my broken foot has really slowed me down this month. I’ve been perfecting my “balance on one leg & stir” technique to make good on my prior baking commitments (ie: recipe testing for not-yet-published cookbooks for really groovy blogging friends), but trimming off some of the “extras” was deemed necessary.

You can bet your boots that I’ll be visiting my Daring Baker buddies to look at their lovely Caramel Cakes, (a recipe by Shauna Fish Lydon), and I bid you visit the Daring Bakers Blogroll to do the same! I would also like to thank this month’s trio of hosts: Jenny of Foray Into Food, Alex of Brownie and Blondie and Dolores of Culinary Curiosity. Choosing a challenge recipe, and spending time of the forums answering questions and double checking recipe details is a chunk of work and even if I didn’t make the cake this month, I will give it a shot at some point, so thanks for your hard work!

But wait, don’t run off just yet! I have something delicious to share with you!

Fit vegan super-mum and nurse Diann posted a recipe for Samosa Soup in the wake of a literal samosa take-over of the vegan blogosphere, and I decided that indeed, resistance *was* futile, and caved to the goodness. As many of you know, it’s always a treat when Diann posts a recipe, and I set to peeling and washing the veg, etc., humming as I went, happy to have a delicious and rather easy meal to prepare, Guppy and Monsieur Fish were listening to the new Cure album playing in the living room…life was good.

dsc01463Samosa Stuffing Goodness with Baked Chickpea Cutlets

And then, as I was dumping the veg into my stock pot, it hit me that there really was an awful lot of potatoes and carrots and cauliflower and what the heck did I do?…?…? I again consulted the recipe, which was clear and easy to follow, and it hit me like a sack of potatoes, I was following the recipe, but rather than using pounds I was using kilos! So rather than 1lb of cauliflower, I had over 2, and same for the carrots, the potatoes, etc. Silly, silly Shellyfish. No matter, a bit of tweaking with the spices, some additional coconut milk and viola! It wasn’t so much soup anymore, more like Samosa Stuffing sans crust. It was fantastical (yes, my new favourite word) and we had it served over rice, along side the “Chickpea Cutlets” from VCON, and with crispy tofu. A delicious mistake which really helped me out because we had leftovers for a few days, which meant I didn’t need to prepare anything to eat!

Now go make yourself some of that soup! Measure carefully out there, kids!

29 thoughts on “Come For The Daring Bakers Challenge, Stay For Diann’s Soup!

  1. Pingback: Homemade Vegan Pasta? Easy-Peasy! The Daring Bakers March Challenge : Vegan Lasagna « Musings From The Fishbowl

  2. wow, Shelly – your samamosa stuffing looks sooooo awesome! comforting & tasty, indeed! that’s too funny on the potatoes! i have done that too frequently, too – tee hee! when i saw Diann’s soup i printed off her recipe as well. looks like i need to get around to making it soon! mmmmmmmmmm! your chickpea cutlets looks perfect! and fantastical = one fun word, too! yay!

  3. It’s okay to skip stuff, so says the Skip Goblin who lives in my cupboard… If you can stand and stir on one leg, you pretty much rule! I’ve been wanting to make that samosa soup, and really, it looks yummy over the chickpea cutlets!

  4. I just happened to stumble across your blog, read about your foot and that you are training for the Paris marathon. Given I see you are an avid runner you probably know all I am about to tell you, but I thought I would give you some reassurance (because it sucks to be down and out when you love to be out there running). In October 2006 I tore my achilles tendon while I was just beginning training for Boston. Come December I was able to start training again but did most of it through water running (I highly recommend this). I ended up being able to run Boston just slower than I had anticipated. I hope this gives you some encouragement 🙂 Here is to healing quickly so you can get your laces done up again soon!

  5. Oh, samosa stuffing! We “Europeans” have a lot of conversing to do, haven’t we! Things like this happen to me all the time, but often there is a good end to it like with your stuffing.

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