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Saturday, 7 May 2011

Bottom of the Fridge Soup

What do you have in the bottom of your fridge?  I always seem to have some rather limp looking vegetables that I should have used last week or maybe even the week before .  In the winter I make a big pot of soup every weekend, but as the weather gets warmer and the nights get lighter I drift away from soup.  However, when I saw that the carrots were starting to look a bit dodgy and the celery going slightly limp I knew it was time to act!

I peeled the carrots and onions and, along with the celery, chopped them up and sweated them in a little oil over a low heat.  

Marigold Bouillon is magic stuff and a tablespoon of the powder in a big pressure cooker of liquid really brings out the flavour.

The stock powder went into the pot with a kettle full of boiling water and two tins of chopped tomatoes.

One of the nice things about the warmer weather is that the herbs are coming on nicely and I just have to pop out of the back door to snip a few bits and pieces, in this case rosemary, thyme and marjoram, to add to the soup.
So there it is then.  I made a granary loaf, mixing the dough in the bread maker and baking it in the oven to create a nice rustic loaf.  It made a perfect lunch.

So tell me...what do you do with those bits that end up at the bottom of your fridge?




At 7 May 2011 at 20:06 , Blogger GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Even in warmer months I enjoy soup. And bread! Frugal and delicious!

At 7 May 2011 at 21:40 , Blogger Caroline Taylor said...

I love these kinds of recipes, they're so honest. I've always wondered what that bouillon tastes it good stuff?
My bottom of fridge bits normally end up in a stew or big hearty pasta dish.

At 8 May 2011 at 09:03 , Anonymous Corina said...

I do exactly the same as you. Saturday or Sunday lunch is almost always soup in winter if I'm at home during the day.

At 8 May 2011 at 18:59 , Blogger Anne said...

My neglected veggies normally end up in soup too, or if their lucky a casserole! Long live marigold! ;-)

At 10 May 2011 at 09:59 , Anonymous Jill Colonna said...

Love it! Nice post and with the lovely fresh herbs, it takes soup to another level. My bottom drawer sounds not unlike yours, soups and chucked into a roasting tin. Green veg get whizzed in a blender for pestos.

At 10 May 2011 at 19:14 , Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

The vegetables on the bottom of your fridge look much better than mine :-). The soup looks wonderful and I'll wager it is delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

At 15 May 2011 at 15:17 , Blogger Choclette said...

Ha ha, Janice, I do exactly the same as you. a very good use for slightly ropey vegetables. That or a curry! Your bread looks nice and tasty.

At 28 June 2011 at 18:26 , Blogger Shu Han said...

hahaha sounds exactly like what i do at least once a week, though i usually ahve homemade chicken stock or leftover tomato puree to use up.


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