So when I say I’ve not been cooking, what I generally mean is that I haven’t been cooking anything new. I’m still making myself something to eat every day, it’s just that right about now, as the nights are drawing in and the weather is getting chillier, my cooking takes a turn for comfortable and that means things I know how to cook that don’t require too much thought from me and are comforting and easy to eat.
Which is why I’ve been eating quite a bit of soup. Soup is such a forgiving food, it’s pretty easy to make and generally good for you.
The soup I’ve been eating the most this year is courgette and mint. Not really a surprise, given the embarrassment of courgettes the allotment supplied me with this year. The original recipe is Claire MacDonald and I can’t find it online to link to. Basically, take 2oz butter and melt, add 2 chopped onions and fry for a bit until the onions are soft. Add 2lbs of diced courgettes and a big handful of mint leaves and cook for another couple of minutes. Add 2 pints of stock (recipe says chicken, I use what I have or veg stock), simmer until the courgettes are cooked. Blitz in the blender with another handful of mint leaves, add salt and pepper to taste.
These are my current favourites.
The ugly but easy, tasty and good for you Freezer Soup