Love food hate waste to warm your hands on Bonfire night
Standing in the garden, warming your hands on the bonfire or standing at the fireworks, stamping your feet and rubbing your hands are traditional parts of bonfire night. This year, keep your hands toasty and warm with a hot mug of soup and help get more from some food you might have ended up throwing away.
Soup is an easy meal to make and you can use almost anything you like. We made this from the veg left in the draw after someone decided to go shopping with a list and come home with food that didn’t fit with everything else in the cupboards!
1. Simply chop up the ingredients you want to use in your soup. Put them in a saucepan; pour in boiling water until the food is just covered and start cooking. Bring the water back to the boil then lower the heat a little, put a lid on the saucepan (so you use less energy) and let it cook for 25 minutes.
3. Cook for another 10 minutes if you want to soften up the vegetables further.
4. Leave your ‘almost soup’ to cool down – so you don’t burn yourself when blending or melt any seals that prevent leaks from your food processor.
5. Blend your ‘almost soup’. Use a hand blender or pour into a food processor and whizz it up until it’s a smooth liquid. You can make the soup creamier at this point by pouring it back into the saucepan and stirring in either cream, crème fraiche or milk and heating it gently on a low heat.
Now just pour into mugs and step outside to watch the show or put into a thermos flask and take with you to your local fireworks display!
- Mixed vegetables
- Beans including baked beans or lentils
- Seasoning (choose several of these but not all!) – salt, pepper, garlic powder, coriander, basil, soy sauce
- Stock – two tablespoons
- To make creamy soup – milk or cream or crème fraiche