soup for 2: potato coconut corn chowder


I was away for a few days visiting my family in Ontario and when I returned home, the cupboards were bare. I did have enough to scrape together soup for two, which seems kind of ridiculous when written down. I mean, soup for 2? Just two??? Soup is usually made in large batches, frozen into containers or eaten for days. But I only had halves and bits and pieces of fresh vegetables and the teeniest-tiniest can of coconut milk…and I was hungry, dammit! So this the result. Obviously, I don’t have a photo of the chowder. It was dark and we were hungry, so the perfect photo-op didn’t exist. Instead, I decided to illustrate my meal instead. It’s cute and it provided the perfect outlet to practice my procrastination.

Did I mention that it was oh-so-delicious? Even my soup-challenged husband said that it was tasty. Chowder is usually made with dairy or soy milk, but all I had was that cute can of coconut milk and it worked wonderfully. It lent the dish a slightly more exotic flare than the usual potato corn soup. You are welcome to make this so that you have enough to keep you company for days, but for me, the fact that there was only enough for two made the meal extra special.

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26 comments to “soup for 2: potato coconut corn chowder”

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    Tree   September 10, 2008 at 11:57 am

    way to go, this soup looks great! and your illustration is adorable.

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    michelle @ TNS   September 10, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    screw the soup, i’ll take the illustration. too cute.

    how great are the mini cans of coconut milk? i keep ‘em around all the time.

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    VeggieGirl   September 10, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    I have the same issue, when I return from a trip – my pantry and refrigerator are always bare!

    Love your soup recipe!! I just posted about a treat with coconut :0)

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    Anonymous   September 10, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Oh! I’m so glad you’re back! Not to be SUPER awkward or anything. I’m Regina. I’m totally new with this whole blogging thing (I only just started my own cooking blog) but I’ve been surfing around and yours is so aesthetically pleasing and what lovely recipes! I can’t wait to see more of them!!

    Regina
    (reginarae.wordpress.com)

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    eatme_delicious   September 10, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    I really love your food drawings!! You should post more here. =) And coconut milk in soup (or anything) sounds delicious!

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    Bellini Valli   September 10, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    I enjoy it when there is only enough for two as well.Glad you had a nice visit in Ontario as well…my entire family live there. I am the only British Colimbian:D

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    hag   September 10, 2008 at 11:54 am

    I make soup for two all the time…ususally with ingredients scavenged from my cupboard…. this sounds really delicious…I LOVE the idea of making a chowder with coconut milk…. very clever. Imagine all the possibilities…

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    Shannon   September 10, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    That soup sounds delicious!!

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    Bijoux   September 10, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Super cute drawings! I have a blue bowl just like the one in your illustration LOL! The soup sounds delicious. I love coconut flavoured-anything :)

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    Liv Moe   September 10, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    What!?!?!?!? I have all the ingredients for this in my cupboard right now. Yeah!

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    Mari   September 11, 2008 at 1:45 am

    Hmmmm…I love me some corn chowder, exotic or otherwise! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your illustration, it’s the cutest! I’m tempted to say throw your camera away and start illustrating all your recipes, it’s such a nice medium!

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    Dawn   September 11, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    I love when people find creative ways to try new levels of taste. Obviously you’ve done just that here. Love this.

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    kickpleat   September 11, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    hag, even when i lived by myself, i always made soup for a crowd. i guess it was just so easy to duplicate!

    thanks tree :)

    haha, thanks for the vote of confidence on my illustration skillz, michelle. yeah, those coconut milk cans are the best.

    thanks veggie girl, at least i know i’m not the only one with bare cupboards!

    well, get to it bopper! enjoy, liv moe.

    thanks for the nice words about my site, regina! you’re making me blush :)

    thanks, eatme! i think i will post more illustrations when i get the chance.

    bellini, there seem to be a lot of us ex-pats in BC! i’m also the only bc-er in my family too.

    ttfn300, it was!

    thanks, bijoux. i’m with you on the coconut….mmmm!

    haha, mevrouw, maybe i just will ;)!!

    thanks dawn!

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    april   September 11, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    This sounds delicious!
    I look forward to trying it in my own kitchen!!

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    Spare Ribbon   September 11, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Yum Yum! That sounds like a good hearty soup.

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    edgecakez   September 13, 2008 at 7:01 am

    i just made this, so delicious and easy! i use your recipes all the time, love them!!

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    kickpleat   September 13, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    thanks spare ribbon, it hit the spot!

    april, let me know if you do.

    edgecakes, so glad you made (and loved) the soup! thanks for enjoying my recipes :)

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    Carol Browne   September 14, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Yum! I’m going to try that. I also love that you drew the ingredients for this one. So cute!

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    sarah j. gim   September 15, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    sooo totally cute (and i think drawings are MUCH better than pictures anyway :) )

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    Rindy R   September 15, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    If I could illustrate like that – I would never take a picture! How cute!

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    Angela   September 15, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    What a fabulous illustration. It totally caught my attention on tastespotting. Brilliant idea!

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    kickpleat   September 15, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    thanks carol, i think it’s pretty cute too :)

    sarah, good to know! maybe i should retire my camera!

    rindy, guess i’m getting lots of votes for drawing out my food rather than photographing it!

    thanks angela, i’m definitely going to illustrate a little bit more.

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    Julia   September 19, 2008 at 5:33 am

    Must find miniature coconut milk. Genius!
    I love corn chowder and coconut…totally making this. Thanks!

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    kickpleat   September 20, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    enjoy, julia, it’s a good one!

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    laura k   September 27, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    I love it when thrown-together meals made of whatever you have in the house end up perfect. This one sounds delicious.

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    Anne Koski   October 11, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Mmmm, we’re making this tonight. I just double-checked your ‘list’ and it’s so perfect for visual people (like me). Thank you!

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