I woke with a creaking back this morning and decided to make this into an opportunity to rise early and bee industrious. It is not yet 8.15 and I have already checked emails, made WP comments, boiled eggs, ordered my week’s groceries online and spent a short while cogitating on the nature of soup.
Last night we had one of the best soups I have ever made. It was a lustrous orange-gold with a velvety texture with deep, savoury flavour, which caused Julia to ask if I had included bacon in the recipe. If it had been a voice it would have been James Earl Jones.
The recipe for this nectar? Two onions, a bag of ready chopped carrot and swede (or rutbaga if you prefer) and two cheap vegetable stock cubes. Boil. Liquidise. I did leave it standing for a day before liquidising which may have helped.
I’d ordered the ready chopped veg because I’m lazy and I didn’t bother with any other ingredients because I’m feeling apathetic.
It’s ironic that as I hit the pinnacle of my soup-making career I am actually disposing of my cookery books. Most of them have cost me just a few pounds from charity shops in the past and that is where they will end up. They were remarkably (and sadly) clean when I got them (indicating that they had never been used in anger) and that is how they remain. I do read them to get ideas, but rarely use a cookery book as I either make it up or use a recipe off the internet.
That is enough for now – I have to make breakfast and sandwiches for lunch then start on a full day of non-fun activities which have been planed for me. Such is life.
Sharp-eyed readers may notice that the soup photo has been used before – it’s what we call a stock shot.
I love a good pun! The soup sounds delicious, especially if it sounds like James Earl Jones.
🙂 I have repeated it and it was nearly as good. I think the difference was that I was using more virtuous stock cubes in the second one (organic low salt). I love this soup for being tasty, easy and cheap, and quite honestly, I’m conflicted about which is the best feature…
Once in a while I get a good start. 🙂 But on many others I impersonate a slug.
I think you might be anatomically quite unlike a slug.
Well, Julia says I’m sluggish…
Ah! Sluggish is another word with so many connotations.
The soup sounds good. I don’t use a cookbook myself, but “wing it”. It is generally edible. 🙂
You can get a lot of stuff right without a cookery book, though I wouldn’t like to make cakes without a guide.
That soup sounds delicious and thrifty, two things that are gold when woven together. I have favorite cookbooks and revisit others at the change of seasons to step out of the rut. And sometimes they’re just good bedtime reading! And like you, I use them for ideas. Just bought a new one recently, Brown Sugar Kitchen by Tanya Holland. Oh my. A nice selection of healthy and heavy and it won me over with several okra recipes, not to mention the waffles.
A good cook book is definitely a thing of beauty and way of expanding your repertoire. Unfortunately, after thirty years of hoarding it is time for some serious decluttering.
Sounds exactly like my sort of soup. Have you taken stock of all the soup recipes before disposing of your cookbooks?
A skilful pun return concealed in a question! I find that too many cookery book recipes use complicated ingredients, like milk or fish, where I have always found water, a few veg and a stock cube to be sufficient.
Well done on the achievements before breakfast. I was still creaking around at that time but on my ankles, Boris Karloff has nothing on me lol.
Think the soup sounds great as I love carrots and swede mashed as a vegetable. 😀
That was really why I bought them, but got diverted to soup. With my stiff fingers it can be painful doing a lot of chopping even if I don’t cut myself. 🙂
you are on it already.. soup looks amazing.
Ok what’s wrong with us; we throw cookbooks away (i do to) and keep dead people’s emails. 🤣 enjoy your fun day!
Strange indeed. Cook books are all about the pictures. 🙂
true.. and honestly i use utube more than ever now. Easy!!
I would use it, but I have no sound on the computer so am reduced to using sites that I can read. 🙂
Oh yeah that makes sense!!!
My IT skills are limited, to say the least.
That soup sounds fantastic! And if it is easy to make as well as delicious, so much the better.
I was surprised at how it turned out. I like ready prepped veg, even if it does make me feel guilty.
I’ve decided that I am past the age of feeling guilty for small conveniences that make life easier.
Look at you all industrious Asia still at my desk in my robe…though I get there’s a time difference…
Early isn’t necessarily better, this was accidental.
Recycling that picture was well worth the “stock shot”
Wondered if you’d spot that. 🙂
Of course 🙂