Brrr it’s cold isn’t it! Oh no I’m being very British again and starting a post with a comment on the weather, it’s not even properly winter yet but the temperatures have dropped very suddenly around London and the nights are getting dark from 5pm and my woolly jumpers have found their way out of the cupboard. So I officially declare soup season OPEN!
I love soup because it is filling and versatile. You can jazz your soup up with a variety of toppings and add depth with added yoghurt or spice or asian flavours such as soya and mirin. For a good home made soup you need a good homemade vegetable stock. I think it makes a real difference using your own stock and it is easily freezable so whenever you fancy making some soup you can just pull a tub of stock out of the freezer. This stock is my mums recipe which I originally posted in June and it has since become a staple in my kitchen.
Generally people are so busy these days (I know that I am at the moment) that using a stock cube speeds up the process of making a meal but often the meal then has a salty and synthetic flavour. A homemade stock, however, takes 5 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to quietly simmer while you are doing something else. Then it can be stored in the fridge or freezer.
Makes approx 1 litre
1 Onion – quartered
2 Carrots – chunks
1 Leek – thick sliced
2 Celery – thick sliced
2-3 Garlic – depending on size, sliced
2-3 Bay leaves –
1 tspn Dried thyme
Lots of parsley and parsley stalks (You can freeze parsley/ coriander stalks for when you want to make stock)
1 ½ litres of water with teaspoon of salt added
100ml of white wine (or 1 small glass)
8 black peppercorns
To make the stock simply put all the ingredients in a pan, except the wine, bring to the boil, cover with a lid and put on a gentle simmer for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes add the white wine, check the seasoning and adjust but do not add too much salt because this can be adjusted with your final soup dish.
Strain the stock and discard the flavourings.
Then you can make some of these fabulous soups!!
Have you started eating soups yet? Do you have a favourite soup ingredient? I think at the moment mine is celeriac!