Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Soup : For variety sake

Soup day in, day out. Don't you find it a challenge putting something fresh on the table daily. I do. It doesn't help when people go, "This soup again..?" *roll eyes*

I'm that ordinary cook who doesn't have a whole lot of fresh food ingredients stocked up in her little fridge, and cabinet space that will make most chefs cry. I'm that person who dream of having a Nigella Lawson kitchen one day. But for now, I make do.

One soup, one vegetable and one meat - That's my cooking rule. It's what I tell myself every time I plan the day's meal. Sometimes I make it a one-plate thing but mostly, it's two or three separate dishes with white rice.

Along the way, I've learned some simple tricks to deceive the fussy eater. It helps that I'm a genius...kidding.

This is what I do to clear the week's ingredients from my fridge especially when I have more than necessary the food items I need. I cook the same dish twice in  a week, one with a small twist to give the illusion that I'm making something totally different from yesterday.

I'm going to share with you how I handle soups. I often make clear soups intending to repeat the dish a couple of days later with only one difference. I stir in a tablespoon of evaporated milk.

Example: from clear fish ball soup, it becomes "milky" fish ball soup. Not ... same! *grin*

And that, ladies and gentleman, is my one-tip wonder. I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in this. I bet you have something up your sleeves too when it comes to making daily meals a less boring affair.

Fish ball soup ~ from clear to milky

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  1. You are a regular smarty pants! I serve stew, then puree it and call it soup. Am I smart too?

    1. Brilliant.....Hugh Jackman will be so proud of us..lol ^.^

  2. Looks good! And going by your collection of recipes, nothing looks boring at all! The varieties in soup are amazing!!

    Have a great week!

  3. Simplicity is nice sometimes. I enjoy soups of all kinds, & this is a good one if you don't want something too rich for that day.

  4. my favourite soup more fish balls please

  5. I like to add garnishes or extra flavours to basic soups.

    Say you start with a pumpkin soup: On day 1 stir in a little cream, turmeric and carrot puree. On day 2, stir in a little chopped bacon and smoked paprika, day 2 stir in a little green curry paste and a spoonful of coconut cream.

    3 soups, 1 pumpkin!

    1. By golly, that is brilliant way to do it, Genie! ^.^


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