It has finally reached that day of the year where I have to give up adding extra layers of clothing to my husband and myself and give-in to switching the heating on! You may laugh, but when you consider that our very old electric storage heating is about as efficient as a chocolate teapot you will forgive me for grudging the hundreds of pounds it costs to be only marginally warmer (and still have to wear a jumper indoors) all winter. Normally I would have already put the heating on – October is usually cold so at the beginning of the month I take the plunge – but this year we are installing a brand new oil central heating system (which will be exponentially warmer and cheaper) and I had hoped to put-off the annual switch-on until then. Unfortunately that is still three weeks away and we are freezing so I have had to relent.
It is in this vein of welcoming the cold, wintry weather and the turning on of the central heating that I am sharing a new recipe with you today. I found a bag of frozen spinach at the back of my freezer and decided that it would make lovely soup. I made the recipe up as I went along, not too sure how it would actually turn out, but it was pretty yummy and so I decided to share it!
- 650g frozen spinach
- 1 chopped onion
- 500ml chicken stock
- 500ml milk
- 300ml double cream
- 50g butter
- 1 tsp salt
- 1tsp pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp mixed herbs
- 2 bay leaves
- pinch saffron
- Fry the onions in the butter in a large soup pan until they are soft and beginning to brown.
- Add the seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic powder, mixed herbs, bay leaves and saffron) and continue to fry for a couple of minutes.
- Add the spinach and fry until it had defrosted.
- Add the stock and the milk.
- Bring to the boil then simmer for around 15 minutes.
- Remove the bay leaves (this is the part I forgot to do and ended up with ‘stalky’ bits in the finished soup)
- Transfer the mixture to a liquidiser, add the cream and then blend till smooth.
- Return to the heat and then serve with a swirl of cream and croutons.
Since this recipe was a bit of an experiment I wasn’t sure what to expect but the taste was smooth, creamy and rich. I couldn’t convince Mr B (Vegetable-phobe extraordinaire) to eat a bowl but I devoured the lot – yum yum!!
Please feel free to try out my recipe or to share it with others. All I ask is that if you do share it, please make sure you link back to me.