Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Last night a vegetable soup saved my life

I'm not exaggerating - the vegetable soup! Delicious, nutritious, and hearty, it made my poor fading, aching, winter-chilled body liven up immediately. Just look at it:

How could it not make anyone feel better? I know you want to make it, so here it is: Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan. Throw in (all chopped roughly) an onion, a carrot, a parsnip, and a stick of celery. Saute until onion is transparent and soft. Add 1 litre (4 cups) of chicken or vegetable stock. Throw in (again, chopped roughly) a small tomato, a small sweet potato (kumera), a zucchini, 2 bay leaves, salt and pepper, a dash of worcestershire sauce, and a good teaspoon of mixed herbs (dried, or if you have it, fresh thyme is lovely). Bring to the boil. Add a good handful of chopped silverbeet or spinach (washed first please, unless you like the feel of dirt in your teeth), and a dessertspoon of tomato paste. Stir in and simmer for 20 minutes. Eat with toast covered in LOTS of butter! (Makes 4 large serves).

Of course you can omit or add any vegetables you like, but the more the merrier!

This seems like a good time to mention that I have an addiction to collecting gorgeous old crockery and kitchen knick-knacks. This is my favourite toast-to-go-with-soup plate -

I think it helps greatly in the recuperation process.

All this talk of produce has me inspired to make a new range of shopping bags for my Etsy store. Keep your eyes peeled.


Marian said...

this soup looks great!! Im hungry now!

Carmen said...

How did your stove manage to stay so clean?

Penny said...

They match! My plate's a bit scruffier than yours but it has violets! So I just had to get it. Mine's just a little plate though - is yours a bigger dinner plate? I love finding them in op shops, that's part of the fun of them!