Sweet Corn Soup 2 Ways (+ a Top 10 Best Things in Life List)

Sweet Corn Soup 2 Ways (with Tequila Salsa) // 80twentyI might have talked before about my “top 10 best things in life list”. Truth be told, I don’t really have a list—at least not the kind that I can hold in my hand, refer to when I need direction, and check off as I complete. (I have plenty of those. Don’t worry.) My list is more about experiences, feelings, or people that I return to that fill me with energy, goodness, and joy. When I think about it, I find myself seeking out and coming back to these same experiences over and over again, craving the connection or emotions that they bring me. Some of the experiences are about simple day-to-day connection with others or myself, whereas others require a little more effort or a can only happen during certain times of the year. But in any case, they all reflect the day-to-day joys of life.Sweet Corn Soup 2 Ways (with Crab Cakes) // 80twenty

So in addition to this sweet corn soup (which you should make now while corn is in season), I decided to share with you some of the things that bring me joy. These are the experiences that keep me rooted and, in many ways, reflect who I am. They are not, of course, all of the things. There are some things that are not suitable for the blogosphere. (Where did you mind go?!). But seriously, here we go:Sweet Corn Soup 2 Ways // 80twenty

  1. Walking outside on a cold day with a hot drink in hand, mitts on, and cheeks rosy.
  2. Outdoor music festivals—folk or indie, in particular.  Of Monsters and MenMadison VioletBlue Rodeo, Sarah Harmer… you get the picture. A day spent outside in the summer heat, listening to good music, and hanging out with friends = the best. Add to the mix a cold beer and life is made.
  3. Cooking for, and sharing a meal with, the people that I love. Simple, but true.
  4. Wine on a Friday night. There is something about a Friday night glass of wine that feels free and unencumbered.
  5. Colourful crops at Ontario farmers’ markets in August (like this corn!). Tomato and peach season is always my favourite.
  6. The start of something new—a project, a class, a relationship, an adventure. It’s the point where the world feels full of possibility.
  7. The generosity and goodness of my people. I have good friends, and I mean that in the best possible way. When I say that someone is good, it is one of the highest compliments I can give and I am blown away on a regular basis by the goodness of the people in my life.
  8. Working really hard at something and then seeing the reward. The feeling of accomplishment is unbeatable. This year the rewards were measured in the classroom. Studying hard for exams and walking out feeling great after writing them always made the stress of the whole experience feel worth it. Pathophysiology of Crohn’s disease versus colitis?! I got you.
  9. My cat, and pretty much everything about her. She is the sweetest, gentlest soul and she brings me more joy than I can even begin to describe.
  10. Lingering with someone that I love in a cool coffee shop or bakery while on vacation—nibbling on the thoughtfully created treats, watching interesting people come in and out, and drinking the darkest roast coffee. Paris and Portland, you were both so good to me!

Sweet Corn Soup 2 Ways (with Tequila Salsa) // 80twenty

The list ebbs and flows. Some things remain constant, while other things move to the list when I remember, or experience again, just how great they are, like laughing so hard that I cry or the way that spring smells after a long winter. This soup, though not on my top 10 best things in life list, is pretty high up the list of good things. It’s corn season, so the kernels are sweet and bursting with flavour. Pair it with a punchy crab cake, if you eat seafood, or the tequila salsa, if you don’t, and you really can’t go wrong.

I’d love to know… what’s on your top 10 list?Sweet Corn Soup 2 Ways (with Crab Cakes) // 80twenty

Sweet Corn Soup 2 Ways
Recipe Type: Gluten free, Vegan optional
Author: Kris
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Serves: 4
Sweet, creamy corn soup combines with punchy crab cakes or tequila salsa for a soup that reflects the flavours of the season.
  • 4 cobs of corn
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp butter (or all olive oil if you are vegan)
  • 3 small leeks or 2 large leeks, white part only, trimmed and sliced into thin half moons
  • 1 small potato, roughly chopped (about ½ a cup)
  • ¼ cup cashew pieces
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 170g tin of crab meat
  • ¼ cup of thinly sliced scallions
  • ½ jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • ¼ tsp lime zest
  • Juice of half a lime
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp, diced cilantro root
  • 1 tbsp mayonaise
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup gluten-free (or regular, if you prefer) bread crumbs
  • Olive oil for pan-frying
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, a mix of red and yellow if you have them, cut into eighths
  • Half an avocado, diced
  • 1-2 tbsp diced scallion
  • Half a seeded, diced jalapeño
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Juice of ¼ of a lime
  • 1 tsp tequila
  • Generous pinch of kosher salt
  • Good quality olive oil for drizzling
  2. Remove the corn from the cob and set aside. Reserve the cobs.
  3. Place the cobs, along with 8 cups of water, in a large stock pot. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce to simmer for approximately 30 minutes.
  4. Strain and reserve the broth.
  5. In the same stockpot, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add the leeks and cook until just soft.
  6. Add the corn stock, reserved corn kernels, potato, and cashews and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.
  7. Working in batches, place the soup in a [url href=”http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B004J6MZIQ?ie=UTF8&camp=15121&creativeASIN=B004J6MZIQ&linkCode=xm2&tag=80twenty-20″ target=”_blank”]high speed blender[/url] and blend until smooth. Add lemon and season with salt and pepper, to taste. I found that I needed about 1 tsp of salt.
  8. *If you don’t have a high-speed blender, you may need to strain the soup through a fine mesh sieve, but this is based on personal preference and how smooth you like the soup.
  9. The soup can be served warm, at room temperature, or cold. If you want to serve it cold, allow it to cool and then put it in the fridge for several hours.
  11. Place crab meat, scallion, jalapeño, lime zest, lime juice, salt, and cilantro root in a medium bowl. Mix gently to combine.
  12. In a small bowl, combine the egg and mayonnaise and whisk to combine. Add to the crab mixture along with the bread crumbs. Gently stir together.
  13. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add just a smidge of olive oil and let it warm for about 15- 20 seconds. Using an ice-cream scoop, scoop portions of the crab cakes, approximately 2 tbsp in size onto the pan and gently push down to form a small, round patty.
  14. Turn the heat down a notch and cook until lightly browned on one side, approximately 3 – 4 minutes. Flip and cook for another 3-4 minutes, or until browned on the other side and cooked through.
  15. Serve on top of a bowl of soup. Sprinkle with chopped scallions, if desired.
  17. Gently mix together all of the ingredients, except the olive oil. Let sit for about 30 minutes to allow the flavours to combine.
  18. Serve on top of a bowl of soup and drizzle with olive oil.




  • Reply August 6, 2013


    One of my favourite things to do is sit in Central Park with my man, eating a chocolate chip cookie the size of my head from LeVain Bakery. It always turns out to be one of the most memorable points of a trip to NYC, no matter how many times we do it.

    And this soup? Amazing! I have half a dozen ears of Ontario corn in my pantry waiting to be used up. I know what to do with it now!

  • Reply August 6, 2013


    Amanda, that sounds fantastic! Central Park, LeVain Bakery, your love… I’m totally with you. And I’ve always wanted to go to LeVain! I’m so glad you’re going to make the soup. I hope you like it.

  • Reply August 6, 2013


    You are!

  • Okay, I AM HUNGRY!!!! This looks soooooooo GOOD!!!! 🙂

  • Reply August 16, 2013

    Annette Venditti

    Love this recipe and regarding my top 10…

    1. Waking up early and sharing espresso and quiet moments with my husband before the girls wake up (this time includes our adopted Russian Blue mix cat, Lovey who adores this time of day too)

    2. Booking a flight with my love and my girls and marking the days before we depart by talking about what we want to see, and of course, eat 🙂

    3. Watching my husband start a new painting (he is a very talented fine artist), especially the ones that include me as the subject. I wait for this time when I sit quietly while he intensely observes my position. There is nothing more romantic and intense then this.

    4. Cooking and creating food for my family and friends and watching them eat as I sit back and enjoy a glass of red wine. I find I lose my appetite but I am always hungry for the lavish attention and adoration they show to for my food and for me.

    5. The sound, smell and feel of a crisp new book as I open the pages and begin my slow escape from reality into the amazing world of dreams, fantasy, drama and more. Literature is my favorite personal escape and we share a love of all kinds of books in my family. I will always cherish the feel of a real book.

    6. Walking into a wine bar and searching for my husband and knowing that when I find him, he is going to look at me like its the first time he has ever seen me and nothing else around me matters.

    7. Watching him with our daughters, he is their stepdad, but he by nature runs circles around many fathers I know by showing them love, respect, discipline and more, they adore him and are like two puppies who cannot get close enough when he walks through the door from work each night.

    8. Spending time cooking and sharing conversation with my mammina and papa who are two of the best people I know. They make me want to be a better mom every time I see them.

    9. Walking down the small streets in Italy, Paris or any other European city in the early evening when the locals and tourists are out eating, enjoying some wine and even espresso and a sweet treat with family and friends.

    10. Researching old and new villas in Italy, dreaming and planning for the possibility of investing in one with my husband and planning our move and retirement, making sure we have room for an art studio and a large working cucina.

    grazie tante,


    • Reply August 17, 2013


      Annette, Thank you for sharing your top 10. What a treat to read this!! It totally made my day. Are you an angel of some sort? 🙂

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