Homemade vegetable soup is a staple round here in the colder months and although the weather so far this Autumn is still warm I have been hanging out to put on a pot of vegetable soup. I have been fighting the flu the past week and all I've been wanting to eat are bowls of soup (and hot cross buns).
I remember coming home from school to this cooking away on the stove top and eating bowl after bowl for afternoon tea and dinner. It is great to get this started on a Friday evening, then you can help yourself to it over the weekend - perfect to come home to after Saturday morning sport as well.
My raised vegetable garden that sits under the apricot tree needed harvesting and composting so I was able to use some of the vegetables picked in my soup. Our baby carrots and celery were used. The coloured silverbeet and purple headed broccoli will be used tomorrow night when I cook a roast for our dinner.
I always make this soup with a bacon hock, which gives the soup a lovely smokey flavour. Chunky cut potatoes, a packet of soup mix which is full of peas, barley and lentils, chopped onion, garlic and any vegetables you have to hand. Grating in the vegetables is also a good way to get the greens into fussy eaters.
My kids love this soup, broth and all. Serve with buttered bread or freshly baked scones and enjoy.
Do you have a dish that you enjoyed during your childhood that you love to cook now?
What is your winter warming go to dish?