It has been raining in Portugal now for what feels like forever, ( in reality only around 3 weeks.) With the grey wet weather, comes an overwhelming urge in me to “British up”my cooking and conversation. Talk way more about the weather and how dreadful it is and make dishes like chilli con carne, curry, cottage pie, soup, bacon cheese and tomato sandwiches and lobby ( Those from Stoke-on-Trent know what that is, those who don’t you are missing out!)
Today I kind of made this up on the spot, originally intending to make a different soup, I think thats the way really tasty stuff comes about sometimes though, so I am not worried.
I hope I managed to get down all the ingredients correctly, ( I had my phone at the ready making notes between chops) hope you enjoy this lovely, warming vegetable, vegan soup as much as I did.
Pumpkin, Carrot and Nabiça Soup
1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
1 knorr veggie cube bio
1 1/2 turnips
300 g white beans
150g turnip tops
1/2 tsp of cumin
dash of nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground coriander
Salt and Pepper to your taste
1. In a pot with approximately 3 litres of water, add all of the vegetables (except the white beans and Nabiça), stock cube and a dash of salt.
2. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a medium heat, cover and cook for around 20-25 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked but not too soft.
3. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside momentarily.
4.With an immersion blender, blend the vegetables until smooth/pureed, if too thick, add a cup or two of water, if you feel it is too thin, you can thicken with cornflower as per the packet instructions.
5. Return the pot to the stove again on a medium heat, then stir in the spices. Cover and heat through for 5 minutes.
6. Add the Nabiça and beans, cover, lower the flame a little further and simmer for a further 15 minutes.
7. Serve and Enjoy.
(All measurements are, as I mentioned above; approximate. This combination give or take a little will generally turn out a delicious soup.)
Sorry I dont have pictures, it has all been devoured and I am a bad blogger.