Vegetable Soup

I love whipping up a soup. It’s so easy, you near enough just throw everything in a pan and let it take care of itself.

I had a mountain of veg that was just crying out to be used up.

Very simply, I peeled and very roughly chopped:

2 small potatoes
a handful of carrots
a red onion
a white onion
a cabbage
a good handful of sprouts
2 leeks

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I add the potato as a thickening agent. Otherwise, any veggies you have begging, just throw them in! I also put in a chicken stock pot (use veggie stock if you’re keeping it all vegetarian), some course black pepper, paprika, onion salt and dried basil.

Top up the pot with water and allow to simmer until all the veggies are soft, then liquidise to your liking with either a handheld whizzy thing, or blender.

Once smooth, I allow some blue cheese to melt in. Again this is optional, depending on your taste or dietary requirements.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all and may 2018 be everything you hope it can be.

Coming into the new year with me, is the remnants of the Christmas turkey, which today will join the ham in making the second pie of the season – I like to buy a big turkey that will really stretch. So far, the turkey has, of course, provided Christmas dinner (which we had Boxing Day this year), many, many sandwiches, and the two pies, with the bones already boiled up as stock, ready for some meat and stuffing to go in for a tasty soup. Of course, it also served for the general ‘picking’ at cold meat. I also like to collect the juices after roasting the bird, which separates into jelly and dripping – these can be used for gravies, roast potatoes, adding flavour to sauces and in my case, eating on toast – don’t knock it until you try it!

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The ham – also a good size – has joined the turkey in sandwiches and the pies. It was just too big for the pan, so I cut some off to freeze before cooking, which will go to a lovely split pea and ham soup.

We also have a tonne of vegetables, so veggie soup will also be on the card, which will probably be joined by some of the cheese mountain we amassed over Christmas. I really don’t like waste, so I will do all I can to stop anything from being thrown away.

It’s been a truly lovely festive period for us, which properly began on Christmas Eve, when my now-fiancé proposed!

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We had family down to stay for the Twixmas part of the season, before a party and then New Year. Now, we start the busy task of planning the wedding and juggling work.

Have a truly lovely 2018 and I’ll be back with more posts very soon!