I don't want to belabor the point, but as you know I haven't been too awfully well for about a week now. Cooking has been at a minimum really. ie. not a lot going on! I told my friend Julie today, I opened my kitchen drawer to get out the vegetable peeler and spied the pizza cutter and my tummy did flip flops all over again. Not kidding! I do think pizza is off the menu for a while. The Toddster doesn't mind a bit.
He hates Pizza.
I haven't been cooking which means that I haven't been using up the veg in the drawer which needs using up. We all have weeks like that sometimes. I hate waste. Don't you? So today I thought I would use up some of it and make a pot of soup. Something cosy and comforting, and filling . . . without going over the top.
Something mild enough so as not to upset the balance of things . . . but still tasty enough to be exciting. The Toddster loves thick vegetable soups . . . soups that are hearty. He often buys himself a bowl of soup and a roll at the market cafe in town. You and I both know it came from a packet . . . but Todd, he doesn't care. He just loves soup and the thicker the better.
Looking in my vegetable bin I found a rather tired looking potato, a sweet potato, a small white turnip, a large carrot and a wilting parsnip. I added an onion and a couple sticks of celery.
Did you know that sweating your vegetables in some butter and olive oil helps to bring out their natural sweetness and goodness? I'm not sure how it works, but it works . . . they always taste better when they sweat. Me, I don't like sweating much, but then again . . . I'm not a vegetable.
A bit of vegetable stock and a slow simmer later and I had lovely soft vegetables . . . just ready to blitz to a smooth velvety soup with my stick blender. I didn't even need a lot of seasoning really. I added cheese.
Some I grated and stirred in so that it melted smoothly into all of that velvet goodness . . . the rest I cut into small chunks and just threw in, leaving it as whole as I could.
That way anyone dipping their spoon into this soup would come up with a tasty little nugget of cheese. Qu'elle surprise! Delightful even! The croutons are it's crowning glory. We both loved. 'Nuff said.
I love it when deliciousness comes together like this. It's pure magic. Cooking magic. My favourite kind of magic of all.
*Clean out the Bin Vegetable Soup*Serves 4
salt and pepper to taste
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