|Time for soup: leftover leaves and stalks, plus a clove of garlic, onion and potato|
As part of my June store cupboard challenge, I’m trying to
cut down on both food shopping and food waste.
I therefore decided to hang on to some of the leftover veg I would
normally chuck out, and give it a whirl as soup.
So during the first week or so of June, I diverted odds and ends into the fridge rather than the bin, like broccoli stalks, floppy outer lettuce leaves, feathery
tops from celery sticks and thick ribs cut out of savoy cabbage leaves before
When I’d accumulated a decent amount, I chopped it up roughly, along with an onion, clove of garlic and a potato from a yellow-stickered bag.
|Chopping and then some more chopping.|
I heated the whole lot in a pan for a few minutes, so it softened slightly, then bunged in half a litre of chicken stock, made from the carcass of the massive chicken bought in Morrisons, and topped up with a litre of water.
|Panful of veg, stock and water|
After boiling the contents for 20 minutes or so, I whizzed it up with a stick blender and ate some of the resulting soup for lunch, together with a soft cheese and ham sandwich.
|Leftover stalks and leaves soup, with black pepper and a swirl of natural yogurt. The glamour.|
Slightly to my surprise it tasted pretty good, even if I do say so myself.
The soup was also very handy on Sunday evening, when I didn’t feel like cooking after making a big meal – and an actual pudding – at lunch time. My husband had several helpings, which is a definite vote of approval, and together we polished off the rest of the pan.
I reckon four or five bowls of soup therefore cost about 20p to cover the onion, potato and clove of garlic, given I would normally throw the rest of the ingredients away.
Anyone else have favourite recipes for using up leftovers or conjuring something out of nothing?
The 20p is based on the cost of a 160g potato from a Co-op yellow-stickered bag of Rooster potatoes at £1.25 for 1.7kg, a single onion from a 1kg pack at 55p from Aldi, and a clove garlic from Morrisons, 4 bulbs for £1.10.