July in London is unpredictable. Coming from Seattle, July is known for the 4th, BBQ’s and an intense heat with sunshine everyday.
This July, London has been nothing but rainy, grey and drab with mixed humidity. It’s as if this country is doing everything it can to make me homesick. Paired with a bleak future and heartbreak, keeping myself feed is the least of my concern. I’ve thrown myself into reading, but finishing The Hunger Games wasn’t easy. If you have any suggestions for what to read after such a trilogy, I’m dying to occupy my mind.
Working part-time does wonders for my creativity on meal planning. With the rain and lack of warmth, I scoured the Internet for a soup recipe for the things I had on hand: bacon, onions and carrots.
The end result was far from what the original recipe directed me to do, but it turned out so lovely I’m thinking of making it again with some more veg. It’s perfect with the bread I haven’t been able to consume, freezes, and was just the thing for a hearty meal for my sick flatmate.
Adapted from Potato and Onion Soup from Allrecipes.com
4 rashers (aka bacon)
1-2 potatoes (any kind)
¼ cup butter
2 onions (I originally used only 1 onion and found it wasn’t enough!)
2 quarts water (or 8 cups because math is my frienemy)
½ tablespoon of salt
lots of pepper
1 cube of vegetable stock
1-2 cups mix of noodles, any kind (I used a mix of macaroni and fusilli)
½ cup sour cream
1/8 teaspoon chilli flakes (optional)
Soup isn’t difficult to mess up, and I am certainly not a foodie. I don’t usually cook either, so I thought it would be fun to share the highlight of my week.
- Cut the potatoes into small quarters, half the size of one’s thumb. Chop the carrots and onions in quarters as well, leave the onions a bit big or they’ll disappear!
- Slice the bacon into thick strips; in a large pot add the butter and fry bacon until slightly browned. Add the onions and cook until wilted. Add the water, salt, chilli flakes (if using), potatoes, carrots and pepper. Bring to boil, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes.
- Add the vegetable stock and noodles. Simmer for another 25-20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
- The extra butter and sour cream can be optional as well, but I enjoyed the consistency and flavour it provided. Remove from heat. Add remaining butter and sour cream, mixing thoroughly until blended. Season to taste.
The soup heats up well, but it’s best eaten the day of or day after due to the noodles soaking up the water. Freeze on day of rather than freezing what’s left over.
Mmmmm, sometimes in life there’s nothing better than a good book, a cup of tea and a hot bowl of freshly made soup.