It’s been awhile since I did a Frugal Friday post. Too long.
It’s winter here, and this week has been wet, rainy, soggy and grey. Perfect weather for soup.
My dad had given me a pumpkin from his garden, and the leeks were looking plump and juicey. Soup it was.
Leek and Pumpkin Soup
A good couple of slurps of olive oil in a large pot
finely chopped leek popped in
cooked until it wilts a little
then drop in your pumpkin pieces
add some water/stock and stick the lid on until soft
whiz it up with a hand mixer
Super basic soup that can be eaten as is or added to. I like adding natural yogurt and tomato chutney on top. Or some thai curry paste if you want a kick in the pants. The best soup is made with great vegetables. If the main ingredient is a tasteless old pumpkin…well the soup is going to taste, tasteless.
Olive Oil Parmesan Crackers
1 1/2 cups (225g) plain flour
1/2 cup (25g) unprocessed bran
1/4 cup (60mls) hot water
3/4 tsp salt
80mls olive oil
Add hot water to bran, give it a minute or so to soak in and then in a mixer with a dough hook add all the ingredients and mix until comes together. Parmesan and black pepper put in amounts to your taste (or any other flavours). Knead the mixture for about 10 minutes until you have a stiff dough and then leave covered for about 45 minutes. Roll out to a couple of mm’s and cut what ever shapes you want. Place on a tray and grate extra parmesan over the top. Bake at 180C until light golden and crispy through. Shake them around a bit when you get them out of the oven to pick up any extra parmesan while they are still hot.