Dare I say it felt like soup weather today? I would hate to jinx the hot weather we’ve had not that long ago and have also been embracing the rain, giving me a day off from watering my veggies. As long as I don’t get caught in it of course.
On a slightly funny note, yesterday I completed my DIY sewing project after a week of starting which were my conservatory roof blinds. Although still not finished yet, it is already one of my favourite blogging spots while I enjoy my morning dose of coffee but in May, the sun had relegated me back in to the house while my tomato plants later moved in.
This is the DIY project video from my 2nd channel, Vikkie’s Vintage which I filmed as I went along if you’re curious:
However, as today was the first full day with the blinds up, it saw showers, grey clouds and cold chills. My body struggled to keep its heat, feeling darkness under my eyes, so I headed for a batch of hearty vegetable soup just for me and a hot bath later to soothe. If tomorrow is the same, then I think it will definitely be time to put the heating on!
This is yet again an unplanned soup so sadly I can’t confirm it will fit in the soup maker but if you do attempt in, then please comment below to help others.
Recipe – Serves 4
Olive low calorie oil spray
1.2 litres water
3 chicken stock cubes (or vegetable)
1 peppercorn stockpot (optional but I liked its merged peppery taste throughout)
A handful of dried soya mince
2 cups of shredded cabbage or 5 large outer leaves from allotment cabbages
Half a butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and roughly chopped in to large chunks
2 celery sticks, sliced
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
Spray of Extra Virgin Olive Oil on top (I used Tesco)
Low fat grated cheese of your choice on top (a SW healthy extra or you will have to syn it)
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1. Saute the onion and minced garlic in a deep based pan with oil spray until the onions are translucent.
2. Add all the other ingredients except the soya mince, cheese and cabbage and simmer for 20-30 minutes until the butternut squash is tender.
3. Add the soya mince and shredded cabbage, pop the lid on and simmer for 5 minutes.
4. Serve and spritz with Tesco’s Spanish Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 Calorie oil spray and sprinkle with grated cheese.
I wish you all (and myself) some better weather tomorrow!
Tastefully Vikkie x