Tuesday, February 19

'Mine' or 'Strone' ?

In yesterday's post I mentioned that a soup making session was imminent so I thought I would follow this up with confirmation that I did use some of our  weekend's harvest to make a batch of soup.

I made a sort of minestrone but without the 'mine' or perhaps the 'strone' i.e. no spaghetti. We had some frozen fresh spaghetti but no dried and I didn't fancy breaking up the fresh. OK I guess that you could say it was just a vegetable soup.

Here is a very quick photo as Martyn was twiddling his spoon ready for his lunch.
As you can see this was accompanied by Martyn's homemade wholemeal rolls so lunch was a joint effort.

My soup was based on a recipe from this website but in the end mine didn't look anything like theirs. 

I left out the celery as we didn't have any - I could have put some leeks in as a substitute but didn't. 

I also used some of our own frozen tomatoes rather than tinned and I used a can of mixed beans in a tomato sauce - donated by my sister as we didn't have any. The tomato sauce made up for the lack of any from the tomatoes due to not using canned tomatoes. I also added a dash of tomato ketchup as what I thought was tomato puree in the fridge wasn't!

I used what was left - after using some for dinner on Sunday - of a January King cabbage rather than savoy as that was the type of cabbage we harvested at the weekend. I maybe used less than asked for in the recipe as our cabbage was only a small one.

I also didn't use as much stock as I reasoned that the dry spaghetti would have taken up some of the liquid so I used 1.5 litres rather than 2 litres. It was a good move.

So to sum up all we had to add to our weekend harvest was a drop of olive oil, a can of beans, a slurp of ketchup and some vegetable stock.

The recipe claims to serve 4 but there looks to be at least enough for another four helpings - maybe more.


Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments http://glallotments.blogspot.co.uk/ author S Garrett


26 comments:

  1. Looks tasty, Sue... great you have all veggies to hand too. I'm a bit of a soup junkie - yum :-)

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    1. I was trying to work out whether in itself it was the five a day, Shirl

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  2. Well, it may not be Minestrone, but it sounds great anyway. I'm surprised you din't have any beans to put in it - you seem to have most things available from your plot. My current favourite is Celeriac - can't get enough of it! It adds such a savouriness and depth of flavour to a dish. Wish it was easier to grow, though.

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    1. We wish we could grow celeriac too. We've never got round to growing beans for shelling, Mark

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  3. Ooh, home-grown, home-made soup is the best!! Looks lovely

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    1. It certainly us the best, Belinda

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  4. Looks delicious! I love vegetable soups!

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  5. Your soup looks really good; bet it was tasty!

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  6. Who cares what it's called - looks fantastic and I bet is smelled good too :}

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    1. Yes it did smell good and I wasn't too bothered about its name either, Bilbo

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  7. It looks delicious, especially with those home made rolls.

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    1. From my own master baker as well, Jo

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  8. I am inspired. It looks great. The weather was -3 degrees here so soup sounds grand. Thanks for the idea.

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    1. Hope you enjoy your version Bonnie

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  9. Hmmm maybe I'll make soup tonight. its a little cooler here today so I quite fancy it after seeing yours.

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    1. It's a light soup despite all the vegetables Liz so fine for times other than the depths of winter.

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  10. There's nothing quite like homemade soup AND with homemade bread too! perfect :)

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    1. Especially with home grown ingredients, Anna

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  11. Looks very yummy, I eat soup almost every day for lunch and I am always on the hunt for new recipes.

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    1. I love soups too Helene - great when you have fresh vegatables to use

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  12. Yummy, great reward for all the gardening that went in to producing the ingredients.

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  13. Your cooking sounds a bit like mine Sue. Here's a recipe....use at a guideline then do exactly as I please. I have about a 98% success rate of tasting good and repeating it!!

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    1. You can't really stick to recipes exactly can you, Tanya? - There's always something you haven't got or something you have that isn't in the recipe.

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