Sunday, 6 February 2011
As usual I turned the leftovers into soup for lunch. It's quick, easy and, if you were planning on throwing the old food out, free!
You can make weekend soup out of any old raw and cooked vegetables but this one consisted of:
Half a head of chinese leaf (it was Chinese New Year during the week and it didn't fit in the stir fry)
The tail end of a swede
I chopped it all up then threw it into a saucepan with a tablespoon of oil and a couple of cloves of garlic. (Start with raw vegetables only. If you're including cooked ones they go in later.)
First thing to do is sweat it all down until the veg starts to wilt and the onions start to go translucent.
When you've done it right it will look sort of like this: (That dark green stuff is lemon thyme that I happened to have around.)
Once you're happy you can blast it through a blender. You might find you need to cool it down before you do, then heat it up again before you eat it. Pour it into bowls and if you want to be really swank you can swirl in some cream or yoghurt and sprinkle it with a few fresh herbs (like in the top picture).
You see - there IS such a thing as a free lunch!