Its getting colder and darker outside, and its absolutely snotty noses time here. Leaves are falling, and lots of new products on the markets are available. Its funny how I absolutely hate the winter, but love winter food. Soup being a big number 1. Easy and fast to make. Its cheap, and you can make a lot to freeze in for a day when you don’t feel like cooking.
I have a small baby, so I always make the soup without salt or stock cubes. Then when its done, I take out a few portions for her – if you get little tupperware, you can freeze it in and always have fresh food available – if its a thin soup I add some pasta or bread to thicken it up. If it has to many pieces she can’t chew just yet, I just put it in the blender. This is such an easy way to have your baby food ready, without having to cook separate for your baby.
Parsnips and pumpinks are in season now, and excellent to make soups with.
Starting with parsnip soup: peel the parsnip and cut in pieces. I used 4 for about 2 liters of soup. Then peel 2 average size potatoes and cut in pieces. I added 1 medium sized sweet potatoe, adds vitamins and my kids love the flavor, but feel free to use carrots or pumpkin instead. Put that all to boil, and leave on the stow on the lowest setting for a few hours. Remember if your baby is eating from it, don’t add spices just yet. Put about 4 unpeeled cloves of garlic in the oven on 200 for 20 minutes. Peel them and add to the soup. After about 2 hours take it of the stove and put it in the blender. Then separate a few portions for the baby(or salt less person). Put it all back in the pan, and add spices to your tasting. I just used salt and ready stock cubes. For flavor and to have something to chew on, you can add chicken or pieces of bacon. D
For your pumpkin soup, repeat all the same as with the parsnip soup, but instead of parsnip use pumpkin. For extra flavor cut your pumpkin into big pieces, spread with olive oil and put with the garlic cloves in the oven for about 45 minutes. You can also add onion if you like. Then after its cooled off, peel it all, and add to the boiling water, leave to cook low for about 2 hours.