I love cozy, one pot soups for dinner in the winter. Yes, even here in Florida we have winter – such as it is. We may not have sub-zero temperatures and blizzards but we do have cool days with dark skies. And it is on such days that if feels so comforting to have a big, hearty pot of soup simmering away.
This recipe is my version of Portuguese Bean Soup. I feel perfectly justified in coming up with my own take on this soup as apparently ever self-respecting Portuguese housewife and cook has their own version.
I am not a superstitious person. I believe that we are the architects of our own destiny, that it is we who shape our futures, and that we create our own good (or bad) fortune by the way we live our lives. (Just ignore that sound of someone knocking on wood!)
But I also like to hedge my bets. In many cultures around the world it is believed that eating certain foods at the New Year will increase good fortune
This time of year we have an abundance of oranges. Santa always leaves oranges in the toes of our stockings plus our tree in the backyard decides to show off with amazing oranges. This recipe for a gluten free orange cranberry quick bread makes good use of those oranges as well as cranberries which are so plentiful these days.