By Peter Viele
INTERNATIONAL INSPIRATION FOR
HOT SOUPS ON A CHILLY DAY
Let’s face it: Wrightsville Beach has it pretty easy when it comes to winter. But when
a nor’easter blows in 40-degree temperatures, the salty humidity can make it feel like
we are aboard a fishing boat off the coast of Alaska.
For those bone-chilling days — and the one actual snow day that occurs here every
few years — nothing warms up body and soul like a good cup of hot soup.
Unfortunately, soup doesn’t always elicit thoughts of epicurean delight. To spice up
the cup, go on a virtual culinary adventure and look for recipes from destinations that
aren’t so mild for inspiration.
The northern coastal regions of Spain, like Galicia, deliver an ample supply of blus-tery
cold, wild and wet weather; Scandinavia offers short, dark and frosty winter days;
Mongolia has wild, snowy mountainscapes; and northern India has some of the most
extreme, high altitude, frozen mountain tops in the world. The coldest places in the
world are sure to deliver soul-warming soups.
These multicultural recipes from chilly, distant locales can be a fun way to break up
the monotony of good old chicken noodle soup and chili. Make your family feel like
they just trekked off the trail into an exotic, mountainside chalet by drawing inspira-tion
from around the world on the next cold blast with some adventurous soups.
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