So it’s still cold enough for soup, but there is the slightest hint of jasmine on the morning air – signaling that the time for lighter “Zen” food is just around the corner. Still inspired by my Francophile leanings of the weekend, a light, warming saffron and garlic soup seemed like the perfect solution for a chilly Tuesday evening.
This Saffron and Garlic soup takes it’s inspiration from the Aigo Boulido or traditional “Boiled Water” Soup of Provence. If you take a local’s word for it, the soup is a cure all and will nip in the bud anything that ails you.
At this time of the year it is a delicious solution to ward off any lingering winter colds or flu that may be snapping at your heels – and a perfect use of the early season garlic on display at your local market. A restorative balance to the rich and heavy meals of winter, pack away the winter blankets and take in a deep breath as you smell that spring time jasmine.