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Big Bang Soup

According to the Big Bang model, the universe expanded from an extremely dense and hot state and continues to expand today. A common and useful analogy explains that space itself is expanding, carrying galaxies with it, like raisins in a rising loaf of bread. General relativistic cosmologies, however, do not actually ascribe any ‘physicality’ to space. (Wikipedia)

It is now a fact that on the 10th of September, the count down will begin at CERN, after 10 years of research, and costing 6 billion Euros, for the operation of the Large Hadron Collider – LHC.

You may read some more information here.

See this link to see how huge this is,

and if you are interested in watching this live, it will begin at 09:00 Geneva time.

It seems that the reporters are very worried about this project and they asked a Greek Scientist, who is taking part in this project if we should be concerned if anything goes wrong, the scientist was very reassuring that there is no possibility about this.

I am also worried as my younger son is now working at CERN. Last summer he worked as a summer student for three months, but this year he is working on a regular basis. He also reassured me that there is nothing to worry about but I am keeping my fingers crossed.

The reporter asked a lot of questions and then she asked:

Reporter: What was there before the Big Bang?

Scientist: It’s not easy to describe but I would say that the universe was like a “soup”. (The essential idea is that the universe has expanded from a primordial hot and dense initial condition at some finite time in the past and continues to expand to this day. Then came the Big Bang and the universe began to form).

Did you know that the World Wide Web was invented at CERN and now the Grid will replace the internet, again invented at CERN?

I was not planning in making soup today but I was cooking fish, to make fish mayonnaise. After this conversation I was inspired and tried to recreate the universe by making my own soup and guess what? The first solid things that formed after the big bang were two tomatoes, one potato, one carrot, one onion and a sprig of celery. Finally, the stars appeared. I wonder if the croutons are the galaxies, the black pepper, star dust and what is the parsley…?

Although it is still hot in Athens and the air condition is on all day long, the soup was so delicious that we all had seconds.

Fish vegetable Soup with pasta


  • 2 tomatoes, peeled
  • 1 potato
  • 1 carrot
  • a sprig of Celery
  • 1 onion
  • 1 spoonful of parsley
  • 1 spoonful of olive oil
  • 2 spoonfuls of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of pasta star shaped
  • Fish stock and leave a few pieces of fish meat as well
  • Croutons


After boiling the fish for fifteen minutes, remove and drain the stock. Place the vegetables in the stock, you do not need to cut them, add salt and simmer until they become soft.

Puree, add the olive oil and lemon juice. Finally add the pasta and cook for 15 minutes.

Prepare croutons with 1 spoonful of olive oil in a non stick frying pan.

Serve on top of the soup with some parsley and freshly ground black pepper.

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24 Responses

  1. Science, religion, the internet and “psarosoupa”! You’ve got it all covered here Ivy! LOL I must say that soup looks delicious. Love how easy it is to boil and blend it.

  2. Ivy

    Peter, I have all the other but religion? or do you mean the internet as our religion (lol)

  3. delicious soup!

  4. Love your take on the universe 😉

  5. I was more interested in the name “BIG BANG SOUP” and started to read on…. and it was worth reading the entire post with those links…. very interestingly written Ivy!

    Now coming to your soup, Very good one:) never tried fish stock…. m’ afraid how it will smell… will try and let you know 😉

  6. Ivy

    Thanks Vani, I know that most of the readers have so many blogs to visit that they don’t even bother to read not only the post but also the recipe. I can tell when that is the case. Well I am glad that at least a few do actually read both the post and the recipe. Thank you again.

  7. Fantastic post Ivy! How original!!!! I love the simil between the Universe and the soup 😀

    I keep my fingers crossed too! Hope that nothing happens. But, if I worry for all the things that are happening nowadays I’d be closed in a Pshyquiatric!!!

    The parsley could be the comets ;D

  8. Ivy

    Thank you Nuria. Comets eeh? Yes that’s good. Any more suggestions?

  9. Reg. our festival, Vinayaga Chathurthi, thanks Ivy for the suggestion… Everytime I include the details, but somehow missed it this time …. added now, you can check @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinayaka_Chathurthi

    Thanks for updating it!

  10. I love the name of this dish sis!!!!!!!!!!!! It packs a big bang in flavour too:D

  11. This post has it all, Ivy! And I’d like a BIG SPOON for that soup too!

  12. Uncle Hunty

    I read every post on your blog but I think this is my first comment.

    You should put your mind at rest, the whole idea that a black hole could be create is true. The problem is that this is only half the story, as is the usual case with science as reported by the mainstream media. The theory which states that black can be created also states that they are of virtually no mass and blink out of existence almost immediately. The dangerous part of black holes is that they are massive, in the case of the LHC this is virtually unpossible.


    hunty (IT dude, amateur cook and semi trained physicist)

  13. I love this soup inspired by World events Ivy! It looks delicious… I am sick right now, and would LOVE a bowl!

  14. Dee

    Great post, Ivy! What is parsley indeed? Don’t have the answer, but The Big Dipper is perfect for your soup. By the way, I’m making pie for you tonight. It’s Wagyu (Woohoo!) and I’m terrified I’m going to ruin it. Wish me luck!

  15. Nice post, soup looks yum..

  16. It’s still pretty hot here, too. But how can you resist soup?! It’s delicious. Especially with pasta.

  17. Ha Ha Ivy! you are so funny! 🙂 I love your soup!

  18. This soup looks really good, not to mention, really healthy! I have never tried a fish soup before. I really like the last photo, nice solid background. I find taking pictures of soup bowls can be a little hard at times but you pulled it off nicely. Have a good day.

  19. Yes…it’s working now Ivy…with a BIG BANG! What an interesting post this is. Hmmmmmmmm…the kids have been asking me about the big bang the past week, & I think I should have asked you. Didn’t know the lad was with CERN!! I’m in there with you girl, take care. All the very best…xoxoxox

  20. Ivy
    a very interesting post , indeed !

  21. Very interesting write Ivy,well done. And the soup is great, looks delicious and easy to make

  22. Ivy

    Thanks everybody for commenting.

  23. All’s well dear Ivy. Just heard on the news that it’s been tested successfully…rest easy now girl!! My email is acting up, so couldn’t send a mail; decided to leave another comment. xoxoxo Deeba

  24. Ivy

    Deeba you are so considerate. Thank you very much for being concerned. As a matter of fact just spoke with my son. They are still watching the webcast at CERN on screens and everybody was applauding when they saw a tiny dot appearing on the screen and lots of wackos gathered outside CERN doing lots of silly things.