Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Winter Vegetable Soup

Yes I am a lazy blogger but you know I get a bit allergic to the computer every so often and its good to have a bit of a break to recharge and just think about things, or as the case may be sometimes, not think about food at all.
It's not that I haven't been cooking anything, I have, believe me, a lot, but I think I am suffering from setting the standard for myself too high and think that you really don't want to hear about shepherd's pie or my savoy cabbage, Gubbeen chorizo (my favourite) and fried baby potato hash topped with a fried egg, maybe you do and maybe I am looking for an excuse to have a few nights off. 
Anyway, here I am back and I did prepare a rather tasty lunch for some office workers who happened to be freezing away in a back garden near me.

Winter Vegetable Soup with a toasted crust and Caponata

This was made with a butternut squash, a few carrots, 1 leek and 1 onion and a bit of stock.
It is tasty, colourful, healthy and warming but best of all on budget day, a pot for 4 people with bread and cheese cost €6.80 in total, just €1.70 per person.
(The bread was €3.50 of which we used about a quarter of the loaf, so approx 80 cent for bread and maybe €1 euro for the cheese which was optional).

You will need, for 4:

2 tblsps olive oil - (10 cent)
1 large onion, finely chopped (30cent)
2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped (40 cent)
1 leek (90cent)
1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into small cubes (€1.75)
1 potato cubed (20c)

1 litre good quality chicken stock (35cent)
a bunch of fresh parsley (€1 or free from your garden)

In a deep heavy casserole, heat the oil and add the onions and carrots.  Saute them for 5 minutes and then add the leek, potato and the butternut squash, and cook for a further 5 minutes.  Add the stock and simmer for about 10 minutes until the squash and the potato are just soft.

Add some chopped fresh parsley and serve.

We ate this today with toasted Bretzel granary bread, rubbed with fresh garlic and topped with Gruyere cheese.
I also made a bowl of caponata which was especially tasty with the bread. I had forgotten how good this is, just on the turn from warm to luke warm.  I resolve for 2011 to make it a bit more often.

It's nice to be back!

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