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Soup of the Week

Normality struck the Chazer house again yesterday, when I decided a new batch of soup had to be made.

On Friday on the reduced to clear shelves I managed to find two cauliflowers, (20p each, reduced from £2) some avocadoes, (5p each reduced from 49p) and a packet of beansprouts (6p reduced from 60p). I bought two head of broccoli at 44p each and lugged the lot home together with a heap of other reduced to clear items.

We had some carrots that needed to be used up too so they went into the pile as well. I spiralised the carrots, shredded one each of the cauli and brocc, cooked it all up, fried the beansprouts with garlic and pepper flakes, added a couple of pints of vegetable stock and let it simmer. Later on I'll blend it and see how it all looks. It certainly smelled delicious when I was making it last night. According to the recipe I was vaguely following, it should serve 6 people and I had added extras in there so I might get 8 portions out of it.

I did laugh when I finally peeled all the leaves off the cauliflower though. It's miniscule, really. I don't think I would have paid £2 for such a tiny thing, to be honest. That's it in the image. Totally underwhelming, isn't it?

Image Credit » Writer's own image, 9 January 2016

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CoralLevang wrote on January 10, 2016, 10:46 AM

hard to tell the size of the cauliflower because there's nothing to compare it to to see the relative size. But it looks healthy to me. I wish we had that kind of the deep discount bin at my grocer. I love that kind of stuff and being able to make something out of something that others would discard.

DWDavisRSL wrote on January 10, 2016, 10:49 AM

With that variety of vegetables I have to imagine the blended flavor of the soup will be wonderful on the pallet.

WordChazer wrote on January 10, 2016, 11:03 AM

You can see the avocado in the background. It was probably about 10cm maximum wide, whereas I have seen ones twice that size.

markgraham wrote on January 10, 2016, 11:04 AM

That cauliflower looks good to me, but I bet it tasted better in the soup that you made. I like all the vegetables especially the bean sprouts.

LeaPea2417 wrote on January 10, 2016, 11:21 AM

That sounds great. Cauliflower , used in soup, is very hearty and tasty. You are getting me in the mood to experiment with soups.

missfortune wrote on January 10, 2016, 1:25 PM

If I made something like that I would be the only one eating it; everyone here is a food purist so if foods are touching .. well, there's a lot of grumbling

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 10, 2016, 3:30 PM

That is why it was probably in the discount bin then. I always check that kind of stuff extra closely

WordChazer wrote on January 11, 2016, 2:31 PM

Not tried it yet - remembered I had some fresh soup in the fridge at work so decided that would be better. Will let you know later in the week.

WordChazer wrote on January 11, 2016, 2:33 PM

I'm an avocado head myself, so I added one to this mix as an afterthought and blended it all up. The last cauli and brocc mix I made was delicious, so it'll be interesting to see how this one compares.

WordChazer wrote on January 11, 2016, 2:34 PM

I love cauliflower soup, it has to be said. But then I like cauliflower in anything, really. Glad to hear I'm inspiring you.

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WordChazer wrote on January 11, 2016, 2:36 PM

I like the mix of flavors myself. Avocado and apple is a summer favorite, chocolate and Pringles go together all year and cauliflower and brocc is one of the winter warmers.

WordChazer wrote on January 11, 2016, 2:38 PM

I wouldn't have bought it at full price, but for 20p that was a real bargain. I have 6 generous portions of soup out of that mix, so they may well be lasting me two days each when I get to them.

AliCanary wrote on January 14, 2016, 12:45 PM

Wow, what a bargain! We don't normally see deep discounts like that on produce, but you can find steep markdowns on meat that is about to reach the expiration date--and it can be frozen, of course.

WordChazer wrote on January 15, 2016, 5:57 PM

I like the deep discounts on the fresh veg more than anything else. I found some stir fry veg and some spinach and kale this week to add to the cauli and brocc I bought last week. Mr C is out tomorrow early evening at the new Star Wars movie so I have the house to myself for cooking all evening.