In which the Wartime Housewife makes Broccoli Soup out of what she can find in the larder.
My plan for ‘Chicken – Day 3’ was to give you a recipe for my acclaimed Celery and Apple Soup, a lovely refreshing and bodily cleansing summer soup. However, I had not taken into account the guerrilla style tactics employed by The Boys in pursuit of a midnight feast. I suppose I should be glowing with pride that the things that went missing from the larder were the celery, the last carrot, the apples, the last of the cheese and a packet of oatcakes.
Realistically, of course, they know that that there are nine levels of Hell reserved for those who take The Last Flapjacks, and the prospect of spending the rest of the summer holiday in the icy darkness of Level 9, with nothing but demons with pointy teeth for company has clearly made an impression.
Consequently, I was forced into level nine of the larder, fridge and freezer to scavenge what I could to make supper. This, of course, is what the Wartime Housewife is all about, being able to produce a nutritious meal out of nothing. The scouring began. I found an onion (always a good start), one stick of celery and a bag of frozen broccoli. Let the soup begin!
1 large saucepan
1 stick blender
1 onion – chopped
1 good knob of butter with a little splash of oil
1 stick of celery – chopped
1 x 1kg bag of frozen broccoli
1 pint chicken or vegetable stock
1 heaped tspn dried parsley
1 pinch nutmeg
¼ pint of full fat milk (or 1/8 pint cream if you have it)
Melt the butter and oil in the pan on a moderate heat
Add the onion and celery and cooked until translucent
Add the broccoli and toss about in the butter.
Add the stock and parsley and cook until the broccoli is soft
Add the nutmeg and the milk and blend until smooth.
Season to taste.
Now wasn’t that easy? And completely scrumptious.