I really don't have anything spectacular to post about today so you are getting the "soup" post. Most of you already know how to make soup but I can remember a time when I never made soup. Soup came in a can. It was good and it was cheap. You didn't need to know how to make it --then. And now, soup is ridiculously expensive when you think about what is actually in that can and it isn't real tasty either. It's possible that I have just grown to know what good food really is or just that I know how to make my own soup now so it seems stupid to eat the awful stuff in the cans. But whatever the reason, soup is one of the easiest things to make anyway. You can make it out of just about anything and if you like what you put in it--it will be good. It is as simple as that.
My soup for lunch today involves discounted vegetables. I buy them all the time since my little garden just isn't big enough to be real self sufficient yet. The problem with discounted vegetables is that they have to be eaten or processed...soon! Today I had a package of mixed fresh vegetables (broccoli, carrots and snow peas or podded peas), and a couple of cauliflower. I will blanch and freeze one cauliflower (if I can fit it in the freezer) but the other one I put in the soup with the mixed vegetables. I also had a can of water chestnuts. I love water chestnuts but never get them. This can was at the Dollar Store so I got it.
I am not much of an all vegetable person so I added meat. I put in one jar of my home raised and canned chicken with its juice and another quart of home canned stock. I have made soup with just water but home canned stock (NOT STORE BOUGHT) is just an essential to getting a good soup. Just absolutely not the same without it.
Salt is the other ingredient it can't do with out and it is a bit more than just a sprinkling, at least for my soup anyway. We are used to canned soups with lots of salt in it and if it isn't there, it just doesn't taste the same.
I also like onion in my soup. Almost all my soups have onion. Since I have not had a lot of luck growing onions, I should probably be dehydrating a bunch of them to stock up but I hadn't thought about it until today.
Other than that, today I added pepper and sage. Pepper just because I always add it (and yes, I do have a good bit of pepper stocked up) and sage because it was chicken and vegetable soup. Sage from your plant outside tastes totally different from sage in the little jar at the store so grow it if you can.
Simmer it until everything is done.
Anyway, here is the chicken vegetable soup:
It was excellent!