About Me

We moved out to Portugal to live a frugal but better , simpler and peaceful life, our house is a very basic, semi ruin, up in the hills outside Figueiro Dos Vinhos, where we work our land, enjoy life with each other and our dogs, and hope to make the smallest carbon footprint we can,

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Cheap soup

Hmmm a couple of recipes that may help Alan over on Tales from the edge of town blog

Quantity of veg depends on how many you are cooking for and how many days you want it to last, I make a biggish pot and eat it till its gone, generally 2-3 days (lunch with bread) and the dogs finish off the dregs ..

Potato and Onion Soup.

3 med Potatoes (either scrubbed and cubed or peeled if you like)
1 large onion, peeled and chopped.
As much garlic as you like chopped fine.
Any odd ends of veg, or 1 carrot chopped. (Ive used an odd outer cabbage leaf, or turnip tops or a leek)
a veg stock cube.
a dollop of olive oil.

Fry off the onion and garlic in the olive oil till soft, add the cubed spud and carrot and odd veg, stir and cook a few mins till all nice and coated with the olive oil. crumble in stock cube, stir again, add enough water to cover veg by about two inches and simmer till spud is very soft...
Blitz with hand blender for few seconds, this will thicken it up (always use spud as thickener for soup) taste and season if needed...
serve with soda bread recipe on here somewhere.

This works just as well with the addition of some left over cabbage, leave out the veg ends, I do the same thing with carrots and green beans, or soak a few dried beans over night , cook and add to make a big soup, pearl barley does just as well and no soaking...