Plaited bread and a frugal meal

What to do when someone is coming over for lunch or dinner and all that is on offer is a simple soup. Budget, time, resources all point towards a simple nourishing, belly warming soup. There is certainly nothing wrong with that. But how to turn that flaccid celery, pumpkin looking like its going to produce its own penicillin and the odd carrot or two in the bottom of the crisper into a delicious meal?

Place some simple plaited bread that looks pretty in the middle of the table and your meal is complete. After being inspired by Heidiannie and all her plaited and beautifully presented bread, I had decided to give it a go too.

Pumpkin Soup

good slurp of olive oil

a couple of sticks of celery

big hunk of pumpkin chopped up


Cook them up in some stock, then wizz with hand held mixer when soft. Add a spoonful of ready made asian sauce, (rendang, green curry paste etc) to give it an extra zing.

Serve with some fancy looking bread, (that’s actually really easy…shhh).

sourdough plaited bread

sourdough plaited bread

For more on braiding bread check out Celia’s latest post.


25 thoughts on “Plaited bread and a frugal meal

  1. Brydie, between you & Celia I’m seriously considering having a go at this braiding business…, your right about a fabulous loaf of warm crusty bread sitting centre stage of the meal table, never fails to get the oooohhs & aaahhhs it deserves & brings any soup to all new levels of YumO. 🙂


  2. Brydie- they are beautiful!
    I love the floury rustic look- and the pumpkin soup looks and sounds delicious! I just made some honey whole wheat bread that would go great with it!
    Sounds like a plan for lunch!
    And thanks for the mention!


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