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A bowl of hot, lovely soup on a cold winter's day is what life is about. Countless times I have watched snow storms outside our window, holding a bowl of hot soup in my hands and been thankful of everything I have in my life. I have never understood cold soups, I think they are pointless and they make me nervous. Soups are supposed to be piping hot and when someone serves me cold soup in a bowl I break out in sweat. I just can not put it into my mouth. Call it salsa and I will dip carrots or organic nachos in it but I will absolutely not put a spoon in it. Cold soups are the reason I could never go fully raw. I need my hot soups on a cold day. Sometimes when I was outside tending to my horses in sub zero temperatures with the Northern Lights dancing in the sky and stars shimmering like diamonds on dark velvet (which means that it is REALLY cold outside), I wished that my mother had made soup for dinner. Usually my father didn't like soups as he was working outside all day and came home hungry like a wolf, ready to eat meat and lots of it. So soups were hardly ever on the menu and I can understand that (he needed like a billion calories in those days). I used to make myself a cup of soup from a packet but usually got a headache afterwards. It was before the days of me understanding MSG (Monosodium Glutamate), additives, added sugar (usually glucose syrup) and more. I was just so cold and craved something hot so this was at least a quick solution. I haven't opened up a packet of 'soup in a mug' for at least 15 years because I make all my soups from scratch and they taste a million times better.

The lovely soup of 4 Market Place, London

4 Market Place Cafe's Broccoli and Leek Soup

Maria and Pete are dear friends of ours who used to own and run a cafe called 4 Market Place in central London (very close to where we used to live).

A very simple fish soup, perfect for mid week

A Simple Fish Soup

This soup is both very simple to make and cheap and perfect mid week, especially when you have a bit of cooked leftover fish in the fridge.

A creamy and dreamy soup with almost no fat yet full of fibers and flavour

Asparagus Soup

I could not believe my taste buds when I first tried out this asparagus soup. It was so good and not at all what I had envisioned when I set out to create a more healthy version of the soup.

A warming soup with a hint of apple, perfect for autumn

Autumn Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Apples

This must be the perfect autumn soup! It is warming, slightly sweet (not too much though), mild and packed with vitamin C. This soup is quite popular with kids and easy on the stomach.

An easy, cheap and simple soup, perfect for mid-week

Black Bean and Sweetcorn Soup

This is an easy mid-week soup, perfect for the left over vegetables found at the back of the fridge.

A mild and lovely soup, perfect for autumn

Cauliflower and Potato Soup

Since we don't have a very warm climate in Iceland our only hope for growing something we can eat is potatoes and hardy vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, beets, carrots etc.

A very light and simple soup, perfect for the autumn harvest

Cauliflower Soup

I remember when I was a young girl (ok not THAT long ago), the kids in my neighbourhood used to attend a large garden where each kid had a plot for growing vegetables (we are not able to grow

A hearty and flavourful soup

Chickpea Soup

I love Jamie Oliver's recipes and his whole philosophy on and approach to food, which is "use organic, local ingredients and avoid the junk". This is an adaptation of one of his recipes.

A lovely and interesting soup

Coconut and Lime Soup

This soup is amazingly versatile as the base itself is perfect for all kinds of vegetables, sea food or even chicken or rice.

The perfect balance between noodles and soup

Coconut and Salmon Noodle Soup

This soup is the perfect one to make if you have a bit of leftover salmon in the freezer or fridge.

A mild and filling soup, perfect for the whole family

Dhal (Lentil Soup) with Pumpkin and Coconut Milk

I actually had to bake this soup in an oven proof baking dishes since the gas on my stove finished, just in the middle of my cooking!

East-African soups are full of flavours and often slightly sweet

East African Vegetable Soup with Nuts and Sweet Potatoes

This is a substantial soup and for those who think that soups are "not a meal" (like my dear father), think again because with all these ingredients you can't help but feel satisfied and full.

A very light soup, perfect as a light lunch or meal

Egg-drop Soup with Sweetcorn

This is a very cheap, easy and simple soup to make and is light as well. I really like that combination! I often make this recipe mid week when time is limited.

Hadda's Tomato soup, almost as red as her hair!

Hadda's Tomato Soup

Hadda Fjola Reykdal is a friend of mine I met in art school. We studied the beautiful art of printmaking (a technique which I absolutely adore) although she is now a renowned painter.

A light and lovely soup, perfect when you need a dinner not too substantial

Hot and Sour Mushroom Broth

This recipe is an adaptation of a similar recipe I found in a book called Veggie Chic by the great author Rose Elliot.

Not the ideal soup for your first date but still very nice!!

Lentil and Spinach Soup

If you are thinking of a recipe to serve on your first date, this is definitely not it! Lets just say that you will come under some "pressure" ha ha.

A lovely lobster bisque

Lobster Soup (Bisque)

I am not particularly fond of lobster or shrimp although I might eat it a couple of times a year. My husband however loves both.

A mild yet spicy soup, very refreshing!

Mango- and Ginger Soup from Masai Mara, Kenya

I got this recipe from a girl called Margaret Ngugi, a chef at Mara Simba Lodge in Masai Mara, Kenya during one of my trips there in February 2007.

A warming soup with a lovely ocean aroma

Mediterranean Seafood Soup

This soup is quite versatile as you can use various types of seafood. I particularly like mussels and salmon or haddock in it.

A lovely Indian vegetable soup, packed with vitamins and fibre

Mulligatawny (Indian Vegetable Soup)

This soup is Anglo-Indian i.e. the influence is both from Asia and Europe.

This soup is one of my all time favourites. Simple, packed with flavour and chea

Mushroom Soup

I think I would have to vote this one of my all time favourite soup recipes. It is simple, cheap, easy and that is always a good combination in my view.

Not the easiest soup to make but very much worth the effort

Mussels and Coconut Noodle Soup

This is one of those recipes which has an endless ingredients list.

This is a cheap and flavourful soup. You can use tinned mussels instead of fresh

Mussels and Potato Soup

In Iceland lots of people pick fresh mussels from the coastline. There are several places you can do this and one very popular is in the South-western part of the island.

When on a hike, preparing a simple, yet tasty meal is very rewarding

Simple Trail Noodle Soup

I know it is probably much quicker buying ready made trail food but let me tell you...most of what is sold out there is rubbish.

A lovely and fragrant soup with lots of flavours

Thai Laksa

I know that the recipe seems very, very complicated.