As a child, when I was unwell or laid up in bed with the cold virus, my mother would insist that I had a bowl of warm thick nutritious soup. It is a great comfort food and maybe it was a placebo effect but I always seem to feel better after a bowl of warm soup. I particularly like having soups on cold bleak winter days. The great thing about soup is that you can make it with whatever food you have in your kitchen and that includes left overs. To make soups with good flavour make sure you have excellent soup stock.If you are keen to make great soups, you will find thousands of recipes on the Internet or on the bookshelves. There is no great need to have special equipment to make great soups. A chopping board, a sharp knife and a pan is all you need sometimes. A blender will be a useful equipment to get the consistency of your choice.Soup is international and the taste and ingredients vary. In the Far East lentils are used and although they have different names, it is basically a soup. With globalisation, we are now fortunate to enjoy all these fabulous soups and when making homemade soups, we can now continue to add new items from overseas.Health experts tell us, we should have five portions of fruits and vegetables a day. Soup is an excellent way to reach your daily target. Fruits with high carbohydrate and fructose level are not the best choice for many. Vegetables, beans, nuts and lentils are recommended by all health professionals and they are the natural choice for soups. Most children are not keen to eat vegetables especially broccoli and other brain foods. In soups, you can add portions of these healthy food items and liquidise the end product and children will have no idea they are enjoying foods they consider yucky.In the stores today are various soup makers. Some are very expensive but the price has dropped since Cuisinart, a company renown for reliability, joined the market. Now all you need to do is chop up your food items, add your stock to your soup maker and leave it in the soup maker and once completed, you can use the blender option to give your soup the consistency you want. The soup makers available in the shops will blend, cook and maker soup, and the entire process takes about one hour. If time is at a premium, then a soup maker is an excellent choice. It is also a wonderful small equipment in your kitchen if you have small children.