Far too windy today to do any gardening as can be seen by my grown from a cutting Lavender bush. It is sailing to the left.
The plan had been to spray the Roses again for scale to really kill those suckers before all the new leaves appear.
What could be better today than soup.
Open fridge and find goodies for the making of Real Food.
A veritable feast of bargains. Reduced priced goodness. The best shopping.
Large packet of soup vegetables …mine was 1kg and included parsnip which sells for $10kg on special at the moment.
Large bag of Beef soup bones ….mine was 1kg
Find largest cooking pot or crock pot…my crockpot was out on loan.
Whilst quickly peeling and rough chopping vegetables, heat pot with a little oil and toss bones in for a quick brown
- add chopped onions and stir for a slight brown
- add rest of vegetables and stir for a quick mix
- add 8 cups water and stock powder for that quantity. Or use packaged stock liquid.
-add a glug or two of Worsestershire Sauce
Even quicker is to pile all the ingredients into the pot without any frying, but the taste will not be as rich.
Bring to boil and skim off scum that rises to top for the first part of cooking.
Simmer till meat is tender enough for you. The longer the better.
Remove soup bones from soup liquid and cut meat off.
I then mashed vegetables with potato masher to squash them somewhat. You could use a stick blender being careful as soup is hot
Return meat to soup.
As I wanted to make a slightly thicker soup I made a brown Roux kind of thick sauce and added some to the soup.
Then we devoured it for lunch with only a little left for a small snack.
The best taste.
Love my soup….
Then a reduced price afternoon tea treat at a fraction of going out for coffee.
Even better was that we sat in the afternoon sun in our enclosed verandah soaking up the warmth