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Beetroot and Cumin Soup with Dumplings

Deep ruby red, velvety smooth, a satisfying mingle of sweet and umami. What’s not to like about beetroot soup. The small, slightly al-dente, Ukrainian style dumplings add a lively zing of horseradish, making for a very satisfying meal.

Stock: Stock is the vital ingredient in soup. Its flavours can make or break the final result. Too strong or too salty and it overpowers. To pallid and it’s difficult to balance the flavours. We have been cooking from scratch this past month, wasting as little food as possible. Chickens and Hams have been poached, not roasted, and vegetable scraps simmered, flushing out the final remnants of goodness and taste. This has meant a plentiful supply of good stocks for casseroles and soups.

Ham stock was the stock of choice for this recipe. I think the slight saltiness balances well with the sweetness of the beetroot. Traditionally though a beetroot soup would have a beef stock base.   If you haven’t any home-made stocks chose a good quality ready-made, beef or chicken stock.   For a vegetarian base white miso offers an interesting  depth and a slightly salty flavour.

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