Monday, 21 January 2008

How to stop your soup looking sludgy

The problem with making soup from leftovers is that they invariably look murky. Yesterday's parsnips actually made a very good soup, along with some fried up onion, carrot and celery - and a generous sprinkling of cumin and coriander but it didn't look pretty. But you need to liquidise it to make it taste good.

The answer, I think, is not to put too much green and red or green and orange into a soup which, as you'll remember from nursery school, makes brown. The proportions I used - 1 onion, 1 carrot and two sticks of celery - along with around 350g of cooked parsnip, I would guess (about 1 1/2 cooked parsnips) is just about right. 

You also need something to contrast with the uniform smooth texture of a liquidised soup. I hit on the idea of a slick of garlic-flavoured raita - plain or, as it happens, soy yoghurt mixed with crushed garlic and salt which was really good. If I'd had some fresh coriander or parsley I'd have added a scattering of that. Or some roasted whole cumin seeds, come to think of it. With some warm naan or pitta bread it would have been a real feast. But ordinary bread was just fine


Anonymous said...

Hi Fiona,

Saw a press article about your site, and decided to stop by. You are well and truly underway already -- great fun to read. I've invited a couple of friends to follow along.

Are you going to have a place for folks to make suggestions for your book? I've got a couple good ideas that have worked well for us.

Regards, Bob

Fiona Beckett said...

Great idea, Bob. Being hopelessly untechnical I'm not sure how to create a permanent spot but will run an Open House feature from time to time so people can contribute their ideas.

Look forward to hearing yours . . .