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Seemed like a good idea

Always game to try new things and think outside the box. It seemed like a good idea… which is usually a sign it’s not!

Looks good right?

To date I had never made a soup I didn’t like and I’ve been making soup for 40+ years. But perhaps now I have. I’ve seen this soup on the menu for the last 9 years at my favourite little soup cafe and never tried it. But now I will to figure out where the heck I went wrong.

In an effort to clean out the fridge of the small amounts in all those jars I was adding “flavour” to various supper items. When I came across the tail end of some dill pickles inspiration struck. D’Lish Cafe makes that and it’s a crowd favourite apparently. And yes, of course, there are many options to choose from for a internet recipe.

The Engineer is not a picky eater at all but he’s not fond of dill so I knew this was a me only item. It was quick and simple to whip up and I had ever item needed but for the sour cream. I substituted yogurt and perhaps that made the difference.

I know that every recipe needs a bit of acid but man oh man this one was so acidic that I ended up with major heart burn. I added milk to the second serving to dilute it down a bit and cooked it a bit longer. Made not a stick of difference.

But it’s time for the January #whatsonyourplateblogchallenge so here is my serving. Take it with a grain or salt or better yet an antacid! Although in all fairness I am going to try it at D’Lish one of these days.  Like someday when we are better (more on that later) and we can once again handle being outside to pick up food (it’s -33 today and our road is blocked in with a broken tractor). What was the word for the year — oh yeah. Hope. Let’s hope that all this will pass.

Every make something not quite edible? I once gave my husband food poisoning from some home made soup. In my defense I had one sip and said “oh it’s bad – don’t eat it” and he said “it’s fine” and threw up for hours and hours and hours. I did warn him didn’t I?



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18 thoughts on “Seemed like a good idea

      1. Makes me wonder if all those delicious food photos in magazines are really as tasty as they look…and I have a recipe that sounds wonderful but is way too salty. I had to adjust and adjust to get it right. But my cooking philosophy is this: willingness to fail means the possibility of triumph!


      2. I like your philosophy Pam and think about how many successes we have had for the number of failures. Today’s pot of chicken star noodle soup has been perfected over decades and smells so good! Bernie

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      3. Ah same temp here which is about -20 but that darn wind makes it such colder. We had -32 the other day and it was so amazing! No wind and lots of sunshine. Winter just lends itself to big pots of soup that fill the soul and the tummy. Bernie

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  1. Dill Pickle Soup? I see. I admire your for attempting to make it. That being said, may I suggest never again! 😉 Happy to see you blogging again, btw.


  2. I think you are describing a soup made out of pickles? You never named it in the post. If so, that’s a new one on me. Sorry it didn’t turn out but I am not really surprised. I am usually an adventurous cook, but I’d have to try it at a restaurant first (like you did) before I’d ever attempt the home version. Brava to you though Bernie, for at least trying!


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    1. Oh sorry Deb it’s called Dill Pickle Soup. I’ve actually never tried it at D’Lish — my teaching lunch days never seemed to coordinate with it on the rotating menu. But I am definitely going to try it there and then taste the differences. Win some lose some hey! Oh well it actually gave me a blog post idea as did your challenge. Bernie

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  3. Was it dill pickle soup or did it just have dill pickles in it as well as other things. I have had dill pickle soup and it is an acquired taste for sure. Next time Bernie. Allan

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    1. Oh it was dill pickle soup. It used the juice and the body of them. I will definitely try it again but made by someone else next time. As you said next time Allan. Thanks for reading and commenting Allan. Hope you are keeping well. Bernie

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  4. Congratulations for thinking out of the box and trying new things. Even though it wasn’t your favourite soup (understatement), it was at least a memorable one. Okay, so perhaps not as memorable as the soup that gave your husband food poisoning. He definitely should have listened to your warning!

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    1. Definitely not as memorable as the infamous chicken noodle soup that I poisoned Ron with! I will continue to experiment as most of them turn out to be winners. A few, over the years, that don’t freeze well or need modification. I never did find the energy to link to you and Deb but I suspect you already put it on your page so thanks Donna. Bernie


  5. Oh dear! Everyone needs one bad soup! I knew an art professor who said on the first day of his classes, “In your life you will paint at least 1,000 bad paintings. Let’s begin.” 🙂 In 40 years you must have made at least many thousand soups! One bad is not bad!

    And yes, I too almost poisoned my husband — it was a mushroom soup. Couldn’t tell from the taste which actually meant, we both got sick!


    1. Glad to hear I am not the only one who poisoned their husband and all lived to tell the tale Louise! 1000 bad paintings hey — I guess you are well past that number then as your work is lovely just not your mushroom soup. Take care. Bernie


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