It is 8 degrees celcius in Beirut, a very rare temperature in January. Yes we are blessed with a sweet climate in winter, although this year has proven otherwise. Snow on the mountains, and non stop rain for the last 5 days.
So the least we can do to get some warmth is to make and eat soups! and soups are one of my favorite dish, easy to make, delicious taste and best of all spiked with vitamines as it is packed with vegetables!
Here is a green soup, its main ingredient is Zucchini or courgette (Koussa in Arabic).
1 kg zucchini
1 big potato
1 big onion (or 4 spring onions)
1 l vegetable stock
1 tsp canola oil
1 tsp butter
salt and pepper
how to make
Cut all the vegetables in dices. Add them to a deep pot with butter and oil, cook few minutes until golden and a bit tender. Add the vegetable stock, lower the fire and simmer for 20 minutes.
When the vegetables are cooked, turn of the fire. Let it rest for few minutes then puree the soup. I usually use a hand blender and puree the soup directly in the pot! It saves time and washing! Add salt and pepper.
The soup is ready to be served with a sprinkle of finely cut spring onion, a dash of lemon juice or freshly toasted bread crumbs.
A good idea is to make a double portion; half can be frozen.