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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Hot Soup & A Giveaway

Hello and welcome to my new follower, Kelly.

Whilst doing my shopping yesterday I noticed that Morrisons have once again reduced the price of their 12.5kg bags of potatoes to £2.  This time they are Sylvana but I actually bought a bag at full price last week as I had run out and they make brilliant mash.  This photo is of my last but one bag purchased.  The full price is now £4 so even more of a bargain....
 

As the weather has turned cold and windy my thoughts immediately turned to soup.  I can't make anything too complicated so I just sautéed 4 small bendy leeks in a drop of olive oil....


Added 2 medium sized chopped up potatoes ..... (although I'm never too fussy about the weight ratio of the veg)


Then one litre of  hot veg stock made from two value cubes plus a good grind of black pepper.  I simmered for 15 minutes and voila...good hot soup for lunch.  It can be blended with a stick blender to make it smoother but OH likes it chunky.  You can also add a drop of milk or cream to make it richer (and creamier looking) but I don't bother adding extra calories, my waistline can't take it ;)  It made about 6 servings so I put about a third of it in the freezer for another day and we still had enough for lunch for the two of us two days running. A chunk of crusty bread made sure OH was full up.



GIVEAWAY

I mentioned in my last post that this is the year of clearing out and that I have already taken two bags of books to the CS, well I have re-discovered this lovely book.  It was based on a TV programme which I was following some years ago and is fascinating to read if you enjoy archaeology and the like.  It originally cost £17.99 and is still in fab condition.  I wondered if someone on here would like it?  I'm afraid that it's quite heavy so I can only post it within the UK (second class post).

 


If you fancy it please just tell me in a post and I'll put the names in a hat and draw one out at 9am on Friday 16th Jan  If nobody likes it, it will go to the CS in the next batch of books.

I am conscious that I do have visitors from overseas who miss out on various blog giveaways due to the high cost of postage so I will endeavour to find something small and light to offer at a later date so that they too can enter the draw.  Keep watching this space :)

Thanks so much for popping in, I do appreciate not talking to myself..... x






6 comments:

  1. I would love to be included in the draw, I have just found my reading mojo again, I think it was hiding in the WIP mountain. I make leek and potato soup with stock, for the same reasons as you. I get my potatoes from wherever I happen to be shopping. I do not use very many as I like them with butter, lots of it. I use pasta and rice and just lately a lot of pulses for my carbohydrates. I cooked sausage, liver and bacon last night, I freeze it in packs just enough for a serving, and had it with carrot and swede mash and steamed cabbage. lovely.

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    1. I love carrot and swede mash but OH won't eat it ....grrr...

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  2. You have given me an idea for tomorrow, I have a couple of leeks which need using up, I would love to be entered into your draw, but to be honest, I have so many to read, please leave me out of this one, so others get more of a chance, Marlene x

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    1. That's kind, Marlene, enjoy the soup, it's actually snowing here now!

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  3. Leek and potato soup is one of my sons favourites. I will be making some soon when I feel better. Would love to be included in the giveaway, I loved watching that programme, especially when they recreated the faces, fascinating.

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    1. Hope you feel better soon, Chickpea. Your name will certainly go in the hat.

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