I’ve always been keen on making soup; when we were children mum used to make soup from chicken bones. When we had a roast chicken which wasn’t very often because they were expensive in those days before the poor creatures were farmed on an industrial scale. We had a young French woman living with us for a little while and she thought the smell of boiling bones was dégueulasse, which we thought odd because we thought French people were very traditional in their cuisine so making soup would have been what they were used to. Back to soup; mum didn’t make any other sort of soup, but I am sure she would have liked what I make.
Every so often I would get inspired and using some vegetable like leeks or onions or butternut squash, I would fry and simmer and blend and seive and make soup. I’ve written about it often here. Then some time ago we saw a soup maker and we decided to buy one because it made soup more quickly – you just threw all the vegetables etc into the jug, added stock, turned it on, it made a terrific racket as it chopped and cooked and blended the ingredients, and half an hour later, soup, glorious soup. We were very pleased and it really was very good, and times-saving, and the product was delicious. However, after a while we found that the chopping process was so violent that the plug used to jiggle out of the socket at the back of the . To be fair, it was at a funny angle and had somewhat of a dangle, and we tried to remedy it by putting things under where the plug went into the machine, but to no avail, it was loose and wobbly. The soup maker was consigned to that part of the recycling bin which contained small electrical items.
Recently I’ve seen soup makers on offer again – I guess because so many people are at home day in day out, cooking, including soup making has become more popular. I began to think about getting another one, I began to yearn for the sort of soups they produce, and after a lot of pondering, we bought another. While I had pondered, I had begun to wonder if maybe I should have chopped the veg into smaller pieces. I no longer had the instructions but wondered if it made any mention of teh size of the vegetables. I am sure if it had said ‘chop into small pieces‘ I would have done. If it had said ‘roughly chop‘, then roughly chop I would have chopped. Having stared at soup makers in shops which are still open – essential items only, I decided that maybe a soup maker was an essential item and I bought one.
Readers – it has been a wonderful success! I have chopped the vegetables int small chunks and the soup maker sets to work with great enthusiasm and without the manic leaping-about as it chops and blends. I can’t completely remember, but I think the previous one chopped then cooked, whereas this one seems to cook, chop, cook. The results twenty minutes after switching it on are fabulous! We don’t use it every day, but we are loving our soups and they taste so fresh and so full of flavour. Carrot soup, mixed vegetable soup, potato and onion soup, butternut squash soup and today we had red soup – red peppers, tomatoes, carrots, plus onion and garlic. We added some stock, salt and pepper, served with a dob of sour cream and a dribble of sweet chilli sauce and it was delicious!
Yesterday I bought a going-cheap veg box which had a mighty amount of red peppers; tomorrow I’m going to roast them, nd some garlic, and we’re going to have some roast pepper soup!