It was a Sunday post-Christmas. It was cold. And raining. And lunchtime. And BigSmall announced he wanted soup for lunch.
A quick scout of the fridge revealed a surfiet of bread sauce still waiting to be eaten, but not much in the way of soup making ingredients. The veg basket was similarly bare.
So in desperation, I turned to the freezer, and triumphantly emerged with this:
It’s hard to make out in the photo, but the best before date is June 2012 (shhhhh, don’t tell the food police). I’ll let you know if we survive..
I blitzed it in the microwave for a minute or two, until it was defrosted enough to break up into about 3 large chunks, then plonked them in a big saucepan with some melted butter, and clamped the lid on. I sweated/defrosted the veg over a low heat for 5-10mins, and then added about 6-700mls of hot veg stock and boiled for another 5-10mins.
Then I whizzed it all up with a stick blender, stirred in some black pepper (I tend not to add salt I think powdered stock can be quite salty) and the last of the Christmas cream.
Done! Homemade winter veg soup with no chopping-just what the doctor ordered on yet another rainy day.