When Sue Cadwell, chef/owner of Health in a Hurry in Fairfield, says that she prepares seasonal fall soups, she doesn’t mean the kind you grew up eating. Spicy Carrot Yam Soup and Exotic Pumpkin are what she’s talking about. And that’s just the beginning.
Stop in to warm your belly and tempt your taste buds and you’ll find a different soup each day, made fresh according to what’s available locally. If you’re there on Cauliflower Kale day, know the kale was harvested from her garden that morning.
According to Sue, “Moroccan Lentil is one of our most popular soups; customers come in asking for it.” Sue now has two Moroccan cooks on staff so there’s a good explanation for the authentic taste. Indian spices are blended into a house curry which seasons the Mung Bean Dal and the Exotic Pumpkin achieves its uniqueness with coconut milk, fennel, cumin, coriander, ginger, cinnamon and clove with a hint of hot pepper.
Vegetable soups of any kind seem to be the perfect substitute for salads in the fall. Rutabagas? Yes, even vegetables that most people wouldn’t recognize have a place in Sue’s repertoire. “Rutabagas, parsnips and onions go in the Golden Split Pea” explains Sue.
I had the Tuscan Bean with Spinach last week and couldn’t believe how hearty and satisfying it was on a cool day with a piece of fresh bread. The soup menu changes weekly so I recommend signing up for her emails so you’ll know when the Spicy Black Bean and Roasted Cauliflower soups will be served, or maybe even the Butternut Squash.