Borscht. Broth. Bouillabaisse. Bisque. Whatever you call it, soup has been delivering flavour direct to our palate for centuries. Surely that deserves some kind of celebration!
Soup is as old as cooking itself (almost). It dates back to the arrival of watertight containers that could bear heat – that moment when clay vessels replaced animal hide and bark/reed basins – right back to 20,000BC. That’s pretty ancient.
From traditional tomato soup to gazpacho and goulash, soup has a colourful cultural history. Whether egg-drop + bird’s nest soup are your bent or you’re more keen on beer soup (yes!) or clam chowder, a soup party is a veritable celebration of flavour with friends.
Here are 8 tips to creating a truly unique event.
Opt for variety’s spice
Feeling a little lazy? Outsource the cooking – go potluck. Ask your guests to each bring a pot.
Brew it, bro
Start your soup-making a couple of days in advance. Soups taste better when they’ve had a chance to marinade (if you will).
Break the bread
Add a bread to remember. Rustic baguettes ready to be torn are historically associated with soup and kinship. (Yep. It worked for old mate back in the day. You know Him.) But you can also use pumpkin, potato, pretzel or braided bread – challah is also delish.
Knock. Yourself. Out.
Add recipe cards
Rather than simple labels, tag your soups with take-away recipe cards so your guests can try this at home.
Serve direct from the pot
Have your cauldrons bubbling away on the hearth (or the hotplate) and let your peoples self-serve. Sooooo bohemian. Over-do it in the portion department and freeze the left-overs. Don’t leave them wanting more…
Bless the mess
Soup is about getting messy with it… Slurp it up. Slop it on your t-shirt (or blouse if you’re a bit more posh). Spray it on your splashback whilst you’re in the thick of it. Relish its physicality!
You want fries with that?
Upsize your order with sour cream, croutons, coriander, pecorino… This way your guests can customise their deliciousness.
Keep sides simple
We’ve already talked about the carbs. Just add mixed leaves and a dash of balsamic vinaigrette for colour and you’re away.
Prepare a little lolly bag
Gift your guests with take-away soup mixes as a keepsake of the evening that they can use. How sweet is that!
That’s the lot. Souperb. We declare this kitchen open!
Featured images sourced L to R: weekendbeachretreat.com, marthastewart.com, funandnews.de, and donnahay.com.au.