Soup with reds

Making my batch of soup and loaf of bread for the beginning of the working week. The habit of taking with me sometimes slips, then I make the mistake of going without or just taking a piece of fruit. So back to it.

Ingredients:

Amounts to your liking, but in moderation. I like this soup with finely chopped vegetables and to not puree it at the end so that it is gritty. But you can make it however you want.

Finely chopped and diced:

Half an onion – red or white

One chunky clove of garlic.

Three good-sized carrots, peeled.

One large red apple, keep the skin on

Half a large sweet potato, peeled!

Plenty of red lentils.

Vegetable stock with water

Ginger, black pepper, ground cumin, paprika

Tblsp olive oil

Put all the ingredients together in a large pan on the hob,lid on top. Bring to the boil then low simmer until lentils are soft and mushy.

Serve with homemade wholemeal bread or cool down and put in tubs in the fridge. Then it’s as simple as remembering to take a tub with you every day to work and you feel chuffed you made the effort!

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Late autumn weekend soup

It has taken me many years to get used to chunky vegetables in water! I used to prefer finely diced, whizzed up, cooked to a pulp. I can now eat carrots that have been cut in the round and enjoy them. Here’s a simple, hearty vegetable soup for a day like to day – icy, touch of snow, rather cold outside. Serve with a delicious herby homemade focaccia, warm out of the oven.

After a quick dash to the local market in the northerly wind – we have two veg stalls on a Friday and one on a Saturday – I came back with the following ingredients:

Turnip, leek, carrots, new potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower.

How much soup you want to make and what amount of veg you add, is up to you.

I add to the veg, some frozen spinach, dark green lentils.

Then a touch of olive oil, half a stock cube, herbs de provence, 1 bay leaf, pepper. I don’t put in salt – it’s a forbidden ingredient now. Water, of course.

Put it all in a large pan at the same time, bring to the boil then simmer. Stir occasionally  The lentils will take the longest to cook through, but they are worth the wait. In the meantime the focaccia is baking in the oven.

I think I’ll put together a sweet apple and walnut pita too. The rest of the day is for chores, geometric design, assignment writing and reading.

Matisse.

Planet Soup

It’s an icy December morning. Time to make soup!

You will need:

A big pan

1 Leek or 1 onion

2 celery sticks

2 large carrots

1 large potato

1 large sweet potato

Some neep (turnip)

Some squash (not vital but…)

1 small apple

1 tomato

Orange juice

And:

Butter, sunflower oil, vegetable stock, fresh ginger, paprika, chili flakes, beetroot powder

Water

Salt and pepper to season

 

Chop and peel all veg and fruit.

Start with oil, butter and onion/leek. Then add as per the list above with water/stock, slowly stirring.

Finally add ginger etc and season.

Let it simmer slowly until all the ingredients have disintegrated. Blend, and it’s ready to have with some nice wholemeal bread.

I always think of Mars when making it.

planet mars