A few weeks ago, very early on a Saturday morning… after Dave was home from his trip to Namibia, and before he left for his trip to the Cape, I got up and realised all my family were sick with the snivvles and sniffles, so I knew it was up to me to cook. Something I don’t do very often, however when I do… it’s usually an all day affair. *Grin*
The weather was cold and windy, unusual for our part of the country even at the start of winter, so I decided I could make a stew, or even better my homemade soup. My kids love it, even though it tastes different every time, it’s usually a winner… and the pot doesn’t stay full long as they go back for seconds, and thirds… and often fourths or fifths. *Grin*
While everyone was still asleep, I started my preparations and within a short time, there were delicious aromas wafting through the house, that had each family member rising to meet the day mid morning, even though the soup was only in it’s starting stages. *Grin*
First, I peel and slice the onion which is fried in a little olive oil… and then I chop the meat into cubes, even adding the bones if there are any. Once the meat is browned, I add hot water and allow it to simmer, while I prepare the veggies. Half quantity of each vegetable is sliced and chopped… and half is grated, then added to the pot. *Smile*
I use mainly fresh seasonal veggies, depending on the time of the year… and of course what’s available.
Leeks, carrots, beans, parsnips, turnips, spring onions… fresh herbs like parsley… and if I have in the cupboard ~ a can of butter beans.
I also add a few secret ingredients, to give it that special something!
Then I let it bubble and simmer most of the day, adding water to ensure that all the ingredients are always covered. *Smile*
Just before it’s ready, I’ll add a can of three bean or pea soup to thicken the liquid if needed… and then we serve late on a Saturday afternoon with fresh rolls or bread, while watching a favourite movie together as a family.
If there’s any soup left… we have it warmed up for supper or lunch the next day.
“Live simply. Love generously. Speak truthfully. Pray daily. Leave everything else to God.” ~ Author Unknown
Jess had been asking me for a few days to make her my “love soup” …as at first she had a cold and then the flu, and then bronchitis… and of course I had to oblige. Interestingly enough, it did make her feel much better! *Smile*
Enjoy with love,