My Dear Old Dad would never tire of telling us that he studied Higher Spanish.
So when the gazpacho was served up in the hotel in Ibiza on our family holiday he insisted he knew that it would be cold.
A meat and two veg man, my Mum was up all night with him, cradling him as the gazpacho came back up.
Anyhoos, here are five soups around the world…
Vietnamese Pho: No, that particular pleasure awaits me but who knows as we plan to visit the Far East next year?
So, Son and Heir get yourself out to teach English there so we can come visit.
Ally introduced us to a Vietnamese speciality Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup in, of all places, Belfast at Madame Pho’s.
And when we do get out there we will, of course, go to our friends Wendy Wu first.
Boston chowder: American diners give a special flavour to food.
And while San Francisco has its harbour and Florida its Keys, you never forget where you had your first chowder.
And for me that was in Boston where I spent a summer after university and would set myself up for night work.
With Boston chowder and a sealed packet of crackers.
Johnnie Fox‘s. the highest pub in Ireland, up in the Dublin hills, runs it a close second. With a pint of Guinness, of course.
Life is a minestrone
Minestrone: As Manchester 70s band 10CC said…
And that staple of your Mum’s cupboard is unrecognisable from the real thing.
Try any trattoria you like but mine’s is in Padova, upstreaam of Venice.
French Onion soup: Talking of your Mum, or maybe it was just mine but French Onion soup was always her go-to for dinner parties.
Not too heavy to fill you up before your main meal.
And if you want to get really fancy then top it off with bread and gruyere cheese.
It should be gooey. Like it is in Biarritz.
Cock a leggie
Cock-a-leekie: Now anything that conceals the taste of leeks which seem like just a green receptacle for water.
This is eaten at traditional dinners like Burns Suppers and I’d recommend the Sheep’s Heid in Duddingston, Edinburgh.
And the Yacht Club in Bray, Co. Wicklow particularly when Yours Truly is giving his Toast to the Lassies.
Out of India… and England
Mulligatawny: Now that surprised you, yes!
But as Indian curry is the English national dish then this isn’t such a big leap.
Its got carrots, potatoes, celery and much else as well but most important is the curry powder and that it’s creamy.
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