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Home made soups/stews - share recipes

Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:26 pm
by rosemary
I have just made our 1st pan of soup today since the real cold weather at the beginning of the year.

Today was red lentil based, with variety of chunky veg. Sometimes I also use marrowfat steepy peas, then add in veg.
Ocassionally it all gets blended so nice and smooth.

Anyone got any favourites to share too, or old family recipes??

Re: Home made soups/stews - share recipes

Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:35 pm
by Lazydaisy
I boil up the bones of a chicken for stock,and just put loads of veg in,thicken with a bit of cornflour(or some lentils),and some sage.Mmmmmm, just serve with lovely fresh bread! Image Image
I have never been able to find a nice recipe for pea and ham soup, so if anyone has a tried and tested one, I would love to try it.

Re: Home made soups/stews - share recipes

Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:49 pm
by sturdygirl
Hubby's favourite when he has man flu or just feels rubbish- very basic 'make you better' chicken soup..
Boil up chicken wings in plenty of water, strip the bones when cooked, throw the chicken back in with carrots,(or any veg of choice) onions, salt and pepper to taste, simmer until veg is cooked, serve with fresh crusty bread Image
This one doesn't get blended, if your poorly it goes down easily and seems to warm you from the inside out Image

Re: Home made soups/stews - share recipes

Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:24 pm
by ladybird
Funny you should mention soup Sturdy, I made some yesterday to use up leftovers!
Now this one is a bit of an aquired taste, but here goes anyway..

Spicy and creamy Sweet Potato Soup

2 large sweet potatoes (you know, the ones at the bottom of the veggie drawer that you forgot about and are past their best Image )
I medium carrot
One onion, we like large you may like medium
Small amount of garlic, we like this in it but it isn't essential
About half teaspoon haldi (turmeric)
half teaspoon cinnamon
3 cardamom pods, remove seeds and keep them, discard pods
abouth the same of ginger, we use fresh but dried is fine
one teaspoon hot cayenne
A few cumin seeds (optional)
a small amount of fresh chili or half teaspoon dried
Enough chicken/veggie stock to cover the sweet potatoes and carrot by about 2 inches
Small amount of oil
Some fresh coriander (optional)

Chop sweet spuds and carrots into large chunks, we liquidise the soup when it is cooked.
Chop onion into thin slices, chop garlic if using.

Fry onion for about 5 mins, while you are doing this, bash the cardomom seeds up in a pestle and mortar. If you haven't got one, just bash them with something fairly heavy! Add the other spices to the cardomom.
After the onion has been frying for 5, add the spices and fry for about 2 mins, no more.
Add the sweet potato and carrot, mix in with the spices and fry for a few minutes more then add the stock, boil and turn down to a simmer. Cook for about 40-45 mins ort until the veg is nicely squishy.

I use a hand blender (under a tenner from Argos) to blend it but be careful you don't get splashed, keep blender at the base of the pan. I add a good quantity of milk to this soup, about a quarter of a pint because it is much nicer creamy and as it is quite thick, it can handle that amount of milk.

Unusual but very nice and warming, good with a roll or crusty bread (I avoid these but soup is filling anyway)

Re: Home made soups/stews - share recipes

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:10 am
by Nilla
I love home made soups and actually bought a soup maker in Costco on Tuesday, you just bung everything in switch on and in 25 mins you have soup either chunky or smoothly blended depending on what setting you use

Re: Home made soups/stews - share recipes

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:31 am
by NanaNana
Don't make soups here, cos difficult spoon feeding hubby soup, more like feeding his jumper. If I want soup, I just buy a tin, cos not home making it just for me.
Stews though - I use any type of meat, plenty of onions, garlic, chop all the root veg I can find, tin tomatoes, butter beans, chick peas, normal peas, chopped runner beans, couple or three tins of soup (any, though not tomato), chopped greens, chopped potatoes and a large splash of red wine. Add plenty of herbs, dash of tom puree and Worcester sauce to perk it up a bit and chuck it all in a slow oven, till the meat/veg are done and it's bubbling. Sometimes I add dumplings for the last half hour with the lid off, so they go brown and crispy on the outside.
Lasts us a couple or few days and I always find something else to add to it.

Basically, grab everything in your pantry/veg rack, mix it together and chuck it in the oven.
Because there are so many things in your pantrys, you always get a different mix each time, which adds to the fun of stews. Ooh, we love em.

Re: Home made soups/stews - share recipes

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:04 pm
by Myrtle
I make mine like that too NanaNana. I call it 'Chuck It And See'! Image Image

Re: Home made soups/stews - share recipes

Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:01 am
by crocus
My soups and stews are like that too
Anything made from bits and pieces in the cupboard/fridge is called a magic meal (conjured up from thin air) Image

Re: Home made soups/stews - share recipes

Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 5:47 pm
by Guest
I have tried this recipe for ham and pea soup:

Ham hock, split pea and mint stew/soup recipe

This cheap dish of ham hock goes well with split peas/peas and potatoes, while the mint freshens up this ham stew.

Serves 4

Ready in about 2 hours

600g ham hock
2 carrots, roughly chopped
1 large onion, quartered
6 black peppercorns
150g dried yellow split peas
450g white potatoes, cut into cubes
150g frozen peas
Small handful chopped fresh mint

How to make ham, pea and mint stew

1. Put the ham hock, carrots, onion and peppercorns in a large pan. Add 1.7 litres water, cover and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat slightly and simmer for 1 hour. Skim off any scum.

2. Strain the cooking liquid through a colander into another large pan. Set the hock aside to cool slightly, pull off the meat and shred. Cover and set aside. Discard the bone and the contents of the colander.

3. Bring the liquid to a simmer. Add the split peas and cook for 35 minutes, skimming off any scum. Add the potatoes and cook for 10-12 minutes or until the potatoes and split peas are tender. Stir in the frozen peas and cook for 2-3 minutes, until soft. Take off the heat and stir in most of the mint. Blend half until smooth, mix with the remainder and season.

4. Divide the stew between warmed bowls. Top with the shredded ham and reserved mint to serve.

Re: Home made soups/stews - share recipes

Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:16 pm
by poppett
I am well known for my "Dana" soup.....it contains "all kinds of everything....." (from the song All kinds of everything reminds me of you)

Even people who are fussy about their veg wax lyrical about my blended concoction, little knowing it contains any veg I can lay my hands on, including cauliflower and broccoli stalks, cabbage, parsnip, carrot, turnip, onion, leeks, potatoes and any other veg which will fit in the pan. Can be made with ham, beef or lamb stock, or no meat for veggies. Once blitzed I defy anyone to identify their most hated veg.xx