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,

Friday, 21 January 2011

Frugal Living Soup.Soup and yet more soup..

Im a great lover of soup, we at the moment are having soup of some kind every single day... its one of the most frugal of frugal meals you could have in my opinion.
It takes so little to make a nutricious bowl of hot tasty soup. Even what are termed as weeds from the garden can be turned into a tasty meal.
Nettles for instance... make lovely soup, picked fresh and young , added to a chopped onion a bit of garlic... whatever you have...
Also I like dandilion leaves with mine.. adds a little peppery taste.. very good for you too!
We are eating a lot of 'leaf soup' at the moment, Im such a frugal cook and hate to see waste, and we have had lots of cauliflowers just recently, their leaves are excellent soup stuff, they are so big and fresh and lush green... they are not as strong tasting as the outer leaves on the cabbages which I tend to use too...
I also make 'yesterday soup' too, just all the leftover cooked veg blitzed with the hand blender and a little cumin added ... yummy..
Ive just picked tiny baby cabbage leaves this morning for soup, I cut the cabbage ages ago and left the stalk in the ground and now I have lots of small sideshoots growing and I pick them for soup too, added to potato, garden leaves, garlic or onions its really very good...
Plenty of fresh homemade bread is the key... you just cant beat the taste..