Where is the snow? Im pretty sure somebody (someone to trust) told me we were supposed to get snow but so far nothing. Since Im on holiday just now id like it to fall now, as i don’t really have anywhere to go. But i think it may be too cold and clear for snow to fall! So when its this cold what do you want? A bowl of steaming soup obviously.
Normally a new year brings a new health kick to most people. And considering it is now the 15th of January im sure most have fallen off the wagon. But if your still hanging onto it, give this soup a spin. Just the look of it, makes you feel healthier.
I like to blend most of my soups, this one being no exception, but unlike my other soups, it stays a nice consistency not too thin and not a vegetable puree. The vibrant greens comes from not cooking the watercress but only wilting it in the stock.
This is the soup i make when i feel i need a hit of health, when i know iv been skimping on my 5 a day. It is also made under 10 minutes so no need for soaking beans or peeling vegetables and waiting for it all to cook.
Here is a quick guide to how i make it, as with most of my cooking, it is a little slap dash.
Pea and Watercress Soup
Bag of watercress (85g)
Cup of peas (or more)
Chicken or vegetable stock (half a cube is fine)
Slice the leek and soften in a little oil (i used garlic oil).Chuck in the peas and mint (i used dried but im sure fresh would be fine). Add the stock and cook for a couple of minutes. In goes the watercress, mix around and take off the heat. Then blend together and season.
If you prefer a slightly thicker soup, dice a small potato and add to the pan with the stock and cook off before you add the peas.