Yesterday I was at What's in Store across the street from the office when I came across a piece I've been seeking for about a year now: a pretty (and reasonably priced!) double handled soup bowl and saucer. I'm calling it a "soup bowl," by the way, although I've also read that these double handled pieces were used for sipping hot chocolate. At any rate, many times over the years I have passed by such pieces, looking strictly for single handled teacups, only to realize later it would be so lovely to have a pretty cup for serving up soup, whether for myself or as a first course at teatime.
This one is Austrian, handpainted and from M&Z, according to the elegant green backstamp. I like that I'm not on a mission to find these types of soup bowls, perfectly content to come across one I like every once in a blue moon. (Do you have anything that you "sort of" are looking for? Something that it's OK if you find it and OK if you don't?)
I'm envisioning a pretty chilled strawberry or cucumber soup in the bowl when warm weather returns, but last night it was serving up meatless minestrone, which doesn't really suit it at all but that's what I had! It was a recipe I auditioned in preparation for my entry in next week's Soup-Off at the office. We have a lot of great cooks, and my co-workers seem to have some pretty sophisticated palates, so I can't just slap some vegetable soup in my crockpot and expect to win. The minestrone was good, but I'm not sure it's The One. What would you enter? Do you have a favorite, impress-the-guests kind of soup? I would LOVE some advice!