Lunch Quick and Easy recipe Soup
Autumn Warmth Mug Soup9/20/2013
Sooooo summer is officially over. It's pretty damn cold over here in the UK. I'm wearing a jumper! Everyone is ill. Seriously, ...
Sooooo summer is officially over. It's pretty damn cold over here in the UK. I'm wearing a jumper!
Everyone is ill. Seriously, everyone except me. I feel like the lone survivor in a snotty apocalypse.
I've no idea why I'm the only person in my family and work place with working vocal chords and the ability to get up in the morning but I'm not going to brag. (we all know that the braggers are the ones that get it worse, right?) Instead I've been putting my temporary immunity to good use by making lots of lovely things like soups and stews and being all matronly by keeping the sickies (their official new name) in line.
We're back to soups and stews instead of salads. I love Autumn.
My slow cooker also LOVES this time of year. He is being put to some serious use.
...because obviously, my slow cooker has a personality. Like everything else in my kitchen. I'm serious, It's like the beauty and beast castle up in here.
It's a well known fact that the sickies feel rubbish. They feel sorry for themselves, just want to feel 'normal' again. Just anything to relieve the blah! Anyone who watches the big bang theory, and see how sheldon is, can imagine my week this week.
"Look what I just sneezed out...seriously, look in this tissue"
"Everything is leaking..."
"I feel poorly"
I even walked in on two people comparing mucus colour.
Sick people, have the tendency to be kinda gross. But we love them anyway.
We don't do "sitting at tables" to eat dinner when we're sick. We are cold. We are shivering. If possible, we want to HUG our nice warm dinner.
Which is why this spicy warm soup is in a mug.
I made this soup in the morning, shoved it in my slow cooker and let that beauty do it's magic. By the time I came home, the house smelled of herbs and spices. Can't go wrong really.
Filled to the brim with good stuff, vegetables and some spices that are said to help with the symptoms of colds and infections, this bad boy actually had my man flu ridden boy feeling a little perkier.
Plus it warms you up good and proper. Even if you're not sick.
I've got some leftovers for my dinner tonight. With a big crusty homemade garlic bread.
This made 6 mugs of soup, or 4 medium bowls.
YOU WILL NEED
1 red onion, chopped
1 medium parsnip, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
1 courgette, chopped
1 small sweet potato, peeled and chopped into small cubes.
1/2 small butternut squash, peeled and chopped into small cubes.
100g cooking chorizo, chopped (miss out completely if veggie)
1 jalapeno, chopped.
2 tablespoons red lentils
1 teaspoon fresh chopped parsley
1 teaspoon fresh chopped coriander
1 large can of chopped tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
300ml stock (I used a vegetable melt one in 300 ml boiling water)
Pinch of ginger
3 chopped garlic cloves.
Splash of balsamic vinegar
Pinch of salt and pepper
FIRST OF ALL
Once you've prepared all of your vegetables, place them in your slow cooker. Then add your Chorizo, garlic, jalapeno, chilli flakes, Parsley, coriander and vinegar.
STOCK IT UP
Then pour in your can of tomatoes, and make up your stock, (unless you're using fresh, in which case, you're awesome!) Then mix it all in, making sure everything is covered. Then add in the lentils.
LET HIM DO THE HARD WORK
Pop your lid on the cooker, and pop it on low setting for 4-5 hours. Once it's done the smell should be infused in your house, and all the vegetables will be lovely and soft. It doesn't really matter if it was in for a bit longer than that, it'll still be nice.
MASH IT UP
Take a potato masher and give it a few bashes inside the pot. You wanna leave a few chunky bits in there but thicken the rest of the soup with some mushy veg. Give it a stir.
Ladle it into your crockery of choice, mug, bowl, shoe, whatever and sprinkle a little salt and pepper on top. Or a bit of parsley and dried chilli if you're feeling fancy like I was.
The best proof I can give you to how good this soup is, is this picture:
That is a dog, licking her lips at soup. She wants that soup. She knows that it is full of the good stuff. Spicy and warming.
So to all the sickies out there at the moment suffering - feel better soon!