kohl rabi 2

This is the beginning of our kitchen’s favourite time of year.  It’s busy and hot … and everyone else is on holiday or has just come back and wants to tell you all about it  … but the produce makes it all worthwhile! The asparagus and strawberries are over, now we are getting lettuces and greens of every description, broccoli, garlic scapes, snow peas, snap peas, the above-pictured baby salad turnips and of course, everyone’s favourite alien-looking vegetable … the mighty kohlrabi!

Today’s recipe is for Black Bean Soup.  Looking back, I realize we have explored the possibilities of this most-nutritious-of-all-legumes in dips and in desserts but not in the easiest and most obvious of ways.  It is delicious, versatile and so good for you … unfortunately it is not particularly attractive (being a sort of lumpy dark grey) so no pictures unless you take them yourself after trying the recipe.


Soak overnight …

4 c black beans

Discard the soak water, rinse beans. Place in a large pot and add fresh water until it covers the beans by 2 inches. Add …

6 bay leaves

Simmer until beans are soft, skimming when necessary. Drain.

Dice …

2 c each of onion, celery and carrot

Saute until soft with …

2 T minced garlic

2 T coconut oil

Add …

4 c canned tomato

2 t dried thyme

1 t chillies –if desired

2 T grated orange zest

2 T lime juice

2 litres water or apple cider

Cooked beans

Bring to a boil, then simmer for half an hour, stirring frequently.

Remove 1/3 of the soup and puree roughly – watch out for bay leaves! Add back in to soup and adjust salt and pepper according to taste.  This is nice served with sour cream or yoghurt, diced green onions and a bunch of friends.

Enjoy the summer … remember the Taste of Italy in September … and take care of each other!





3 thoughts on “

  1. Hi. Just finished a retreat at Loyola House and loved the food! We had an amazing carrot ginger soup on the first day… any chance you can post or send that recipe on? 🙂

  2. Hazel Wills says:

    Oh Susan, please send us a bit of your summer heat, we have changeable weather this year and it is just about warm! I really love seeing your pictures and dishes, please arrange for delivery! This year we are growing tomatoes, Globe artichokes, cucumbers (when the snails don’t get there first) squash, courgettes and runner beans, but nothing is really flourishing, due to strong winds and indifferent sun! Good luck with all your cooking etc. With love, Hazel and Geoffxx

    Sent from my iPad


  3. Sprague says:

    Yahoo, Susan, Another Susan/Loyola piece for my scrapbook!! Not sure it’ll go into the recipe file of this lazy cook. I did tell you, I hope, of the time your dad said he thought it is so nutritious that we always have fruit for dessert, not pies and cakes. I was thrilled that he gave that reason, instead of the true one – lazy cook. Come out whenever you can. Lots of love, Mom

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