I made more soup this week, using a 1kg pack of frozen casserole mix from TESCO. It comes ready chopped and by the time it has been left to thaw in the fridge for 2 days all the veg is nice and soft and doesn’t take as lot of cooking. It cost Β£1, which is probably expensive compared to buying the veg separately, but cheap when you consider the time it saved me chopping and cleaning up.

Recipe: Boil the bag of veg with stock and seasonings, liquidise, dilute, eat. Or drink. We had a discussion at work about that – do you eat soup or drink it? My view is that you eat it if you use a spoon, but drink it if you sup it directly out of a receptacle. Anyone have any other views on what is a long-running topic in the shop? (We tend to avoid politics and religion in favour of coin design, soup consumption and the various roadworks in the city).

It came out a little bit beige, due, I think, to the presence of potato and swede and the low quantity of carrot. Apart from that, the basic soup turned out well. The seasoning left a little to be desired as I used garlic, ginger, lime juice and too much chilli. I must buy lemons, as the lime isn’t quite right. I must also restrain my tendency to add a bit more chilli. It never looks to be enough. However, a little goes a long way and soup is supposed to be nutritious rather than a test of fortitude.

Quantity? Well, I had a soup flask of it for lunch yesterday (a bowl and a half or thereabouts) and we had two bowls of it last night for tea. We will be having it for lunch today and for lunch tomorrow (I’m trying to cut more bread out). After that I think we should be about finished, though lunch on Friday is a possibility.

Tips for next time – only use half the bag, add a carrot and use less chilli. Possibly add turmeric, which is always good to bring the colour up.

Making soup always reminds me of the soup sessions we used to do on the farm. I used to do one with schools making vegetable soup from a supermarket bag. Out of a dozen kids it was rare that you could get more than one or two to taste the soup.Β  They claimed to eat soup at home, but didn’t trust anything that had been made in front of them from vegetables, stock cubes and water. They preferred “proper soup” from a can or sachet.

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      1. Lavinia Ross

        My father used to make fun of the Campbell’s Oyster Stew for having very few oysters in it. He used to say “the shadow of the oyster passed over it”.

  2. Donnalee of Kingston NY

    I am in a phase of emptying out the freezer and seeing if anything homemade there is edible. I’m striking out, but the soup sounds good. Turmeric is great for asthma and inflammation–the avoiding of–so I endorse it in forms that don’t taste naff.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      Yes, I used to take capsules, and they seemed to work, though the drugs from the doctor work better. The lady in our chip shop is Indian and she recommends turmeric in milk for almost every ailment. It’s not as bad as it sounds, πŸ™‚

      1. Donnalee of Kingston NY

        It makes me feel out of a job in a way, since *I* used to be the main source of odd information in my little groups, and I had gotten it from decent-at-the-time sources like books or school. Now everybody looks things up online, finds frequently-wrong answers and cling to them like death or find right answers and scoff at them and deny thier validity, so my charms and value as to being the clever one are gone. I should have planned to keep my looks–

  3. Helen

    Proper soup is from a can, eh!

    I’m in a similar position with my leek and potato soup in that it will last me all week. I’m drinking it from a cup.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      Not here we don’t. bouillon is only in my vocabulary because I mix with Americans. πŸ™‚ Though I can see the difference and appreciate the distinction. This is getting ever more complex . . .

  4. Laurie Graves

    Yes, eat if a spoon is involved, drink if not. The soup sounds very good. Too bad about the kids and homemade soup, but I suppose canned was what they were used to. Perhaps when they get older…Anyway, I am a huge fan of soup, and yours sounds like a good one.

      1. quercuscommunity Post author

        It does with mine. We had lunch with Number One Son and partner on Sunday and she said the major problem with his cooking was unpredictability as he tended to throw in random substitutions. I wonder where he learnt that . . .

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