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Soup Creation

This morning I set to and made to freeze.

Well, to start with I made some to freeze. Chicken with vegetable stirfry, noodles and red Thai sauce. Two pots are now in the freezer and Mr C has laid dibs for one of them already.

Then I decided to see how much I could use up of the leftovers in the kitchen. First attempt was a and mix with added broccoli and stilton packet soup, chili flakes and black pepper. I used a whole cauliflower and two heads of broccoli plus a pint of vegetable stock.

Second attempt was a mix of , cauliflower and couscous, and . I stirfried the couscous and butternut then added several pints of cold water, the leeks and courgettes and let it boil up. Half way through I wasn't sure I liked how it was smelling, so I drained it and tasted it to see what it was like. It was fine, just a bit bland. I added two pints of vegetable stock and some five pepper seasoning before letting it boil again.

I'll blend both of those mixes down once they have cooled and portion them up for work lunches. It was an ideal way to spend a rainy Saturday morning, filling the house with interesting aromas. This afternoon I need to finish up some writing and list some eBay items, also pack up the ones which have sold lately too.

Catch you later.

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wolfgirl569 wrote on November 7, 2015, 9:36 AM

Great way to spend the day and use the leftovers also. Hope you have a good day

MegL wrote on November 7, 2015, 9:37 AM

I like experimenting too but my husband has very traditional taste buds and isn't always enamoured by new creations! LOL

CoralLevang wrote on November 7, 2015, 9:42 AM

Sounds like a great day. I do have to ask...what is a courgette?

Kasman wrote on November 7, 2015, 1:43 PM

On your side of the pond it's called a zucchini

CoralLevang wrote on November 7, 2015, 1:57 PM

Ah....okay...a summer squash. Thanks, Kasman !

WordChazer wrote on November 7, 2015, 6:33 PM

The cauli and brocc mix was more or less following a recipe. The couscous was a mix of veggies I wanted to try together. We'll see whether Mr C's tastebuds like them. He's already voted down the radish soup I made but voted up the tomato mix I made last week, on the proviso that I don't soup it down. He reckons it tastes better when it is just the mixed and cooked veggies as they came out of the pan. Then it's perhaps closer to a ratatouille.

WordChazer wrote on November 7, 2015, 6:36 PM

Mr C has his moments, but he's my guinea pig. Unlike his mum in recent years, at least I do cook for him, so there is that in my favor, even if some of the tastes aren't his bag when they're done. I only ask he tries everything once. I've not poisoned nor killed him yet...

WordChazer wrote on November 7, 2015, 6:36 PM

Thanks kasman . I'd forgotten that nuance.

WordChazer wrote on November 7, 2015, 6:39 PM

I add a generous sprinkling of balsamic vinegar to the cooking water/stock. It helps to neutralise the nasty niffy gases.

WordChazer wrote on November 8, 2015, 4:18 PM

This is the first batch I tried it with as it was an old wives tale given me a while back. If it works Mr C and I will know about it for sure as we're both eating the first of the new batch tomorrow.

RuthCox wrote on December 9, 2015, 4:53 PM

The butternut soup sounds great to me! I so enjoy a big pot of soup on the stove sending the aroma throughout the house every time I lift the lid to stir or taste!

WordChazer wrote on December 10, 2015, 1:24 PM

Butternut squash on its own would have been better but I can categorically state I will not make that mix again. Potato and leek this weekend, plus whatever leftovers I can find in the fridge (avocado, onion) then I need to make some apple crumble as well as I have lots of half dead apples that will mush down a real treat.