Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Vegetables Soup

The weather in September is quite unpredictable.  It could be sunny and warm one day then it could be cool and windy the next day.  The rain keeps the garden growing very well.  My pansies are all smiling at me in the flower pots.  Even though the weather is getting warm, I still feel like having soup to keep me warm and to increase the fluid intake.  The western style soup is very different to the Asian's.  It is thick and chunky that can be serve as a meal whereas the Asian soup is usually very thin.  The first time I tasted the vegetable soup was at my friend's cafe many years ago.  It was located in a country tourist area where you could look over the farm view from the dinning area.  It made you feel very natural and relax by having something so simple and nice.  After a few trial and error, I create this recipe as my best vegetable soup.  I can fool my kids to eat the vegetables that they don't like.

3 Litres of water
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 small sweet potato, peeled and chopped
1 small zucchini, chopped
1 small carrot, peeled and chopped
2 small potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 stalk of celery, chopped
1/2 red capsicum, chopped
1/4 sugar loaf cabbage, chopped
kernels cut from a cob of corn
1/2 cup soup mix (red lentil, yellow spilt peas, green peas and barley)
1/4 cup brown rice
chives for garnish
bread rolls to serve

  1. Wash and rinse the soup mix and the brown rice.
  2. Boil water in a large saucepan.  Add the soup mix and brown rice.  Then add in the rest of the vegetables and boil for about 1 hour 30 minutes in moderate and slow heat.  Use the back of the soup laddle to mess some the chuck of the vegetables to get a thicker soup.  Garnish with chives and serve with bread rolls.  
Note: The left over soup may be a bit thick, simply add in some water to thinning it during reheat.

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