The autumn nibble is in the air, the sun sets before you even leave the office, and you have a huge craving for a delicious, healthy, homemade soup. But you live in DC which means you work long hours and probably get stuck on a metro delay on the way home. A 15-step Julia Child recipe is so not in the cards for you this Wednesday night. So what to do?
Call Soupergirl. Faster than you can say organic chicken stock reduction, signing up for Soupergirl’s weekly email list will keep you in the know about upcoming soup deliveries which can be scheduled for your home, office, or pre-established pick up joint (sorry, Rhinobar did not make the cut). Every week Soupergirl offers two different types of soup – a chunky meal-worthy soup and a pureed light soup or appetizer. Plus, Soupergirl has a special arrangement with Treet Bakery for desserts and bread, so you can settle the score on all your comfort food needs.
Even better, Soupergirl is dedicated to the locavore movement, meaning all soups are healthy (“Healthy, but so good you can’t tell,” she claims) and seasonal. Soupergirl sources local farmers like Sunnyside and Spring Valley as well as an organic co-op for the produce it takes to make her creations. Soupergirl even sources biodegradable containers to safely carry her meals to your stoop.
I caught up with Soupergirl after a night of deliveries and she shared some of her favorite flavors plus a soup to match nearly every life occasion:
CS: What is your personal favorite soup?
Soupergirl: That is like choosing between children. Probably the pumpkin and squash soup, it is a hearty winter vegetable soup.
CS: What is the most popular Soupergirl soup?
Soupergirl: It’s a soup called our Safari Stew, a West African peanut stew with chickpeas and all kinds of great spices. It was really popular on its first run and actually sold out the second time. I didn’t think it would since it has peanuts and so many people have allergies. But I guess people really feel passionately about peanuts.
CS: Which one of your soups would you recommend to someone who has the flu?
Soupergirl: We have a soup called Farmers Market in a Bowl, which is good to help that person get their vitamins. It is a very light soup with no oil, it relies completely on root and winter vegetables for its flavor.
CS: What about a soup for a birthday celebration?
Soupergirl: That’s definitely the Chunky Winter Soup Extravaganza. It’s party in a bowl with coconut milk, noodles, and some good spices. It’s actually our second most popular soup after the Safari Stew.
CS: School is back in session in the DC area. What kind of soup would you give a child after a bad day at school?
Soupergirl: The parsnip pear because it is so loving and sweet. It’ s a pureed soup and very comforting and nurturing. It’s like a hug.
CS: And what about someone who just got laid off?
Soupergirl: Oh well that person will need a pep talk. I think our harira soup is best. It is funky and spicy, a pick me up for that person to have a little fun before they start to job search.
Best of luck to Soupergirl with her busy season on the horizon. If you see her at the market sharing samples or buying 200 pounds of sweet potatoes for that week’s soup, be sure to say hello! Sign up for Soupergirl’s weekly emails here to learn what soups she is making for the following week.