Spinach Soup


Just a quick post today to tell you about my scrumptious spinach soup.  I have an autumnal cold and while I’m not feeling particularly unwell, it is nevertheless uncomfortable and annoying.  At 1 o’clock yesterday afternoon I realised I was hungry but had not planned anything for lunch.  Some hot, soothing soup was all I could think about but did not have any in the house.  Anyway, I really don’t like shop-bought soups: I find they’re over-flavoured, mainly of onion, and that this flavour lingers at the back of the mouth for hours afterwards.

So I made spinach soup.  First, I took a medium-sized potato, peeled and diced it and sweated it in butter for about 15 minutes (simmering oven).  Then I added 450g frozen spinach (I didn’t happen to have any fresh spinach in the house; this soup was not planned) and lots of salt and pepper and let this cook for another 10 minutes or so before adding 500ml of chicken stock.  It was fortuitous that I’d made lots of stock the previous day, but I expect a stock cube or some Marigold Swiss vegetable bouillon powder would have done the job too.  I grated in some nutmeg, brought it all to simmering point and let it cook (in the simmering oven) for another 15 minutes.  I took it out and let it cool for a few minutes before blending it in the pan using my handheld blender.  I then checked the seasoning and temperature and ladled some into a mug, drizzled on a little cream and voilà.

One of the reasons I haven’t blogged much lately is that I’m unhappy with the photos I’ve taken of what I’ve cooked.  I read so many beautiful blogs and food websites that I’m sometimes embarrassed to include my pathetic iPhone camera efforts.  Since I’m not particularly interested in photography (unless someone else is taking the photos), I might just have to overcome the shame and carry on regardless.

My next post will probably be about Christmas cake.  Too early, you might say, but you’d be wrong.

8 thoughts on “Spinach Soup

  1. Oh this is fantastic and uses ingredients that you would be likely to find in any home. Well done you! Did it work to help your cold?

    As for your photos: it’s always struck me how beautiful your food photos are without the aid of a professional food stylist or society photographer. Please carry on blogging about your food. Your pics always make me want to reach into my laptop and scoop up your creations. x


  2. This sounds lovely.
    I have just made some curried butternut squash soup, which is also very comforting.

    Please keep on with your lovely blog. I think the photos are fine. I’m not good with photography either but I’ve always admired your pictures.
    Your blog is like a warm, fluffy blanket …so friendly and perfect.


  3. It sounds scrumptious, Annette! Being from the US, possibly the only country that doesn’t use the metric system, my home economics teacher made sure we KNEW the metric system! Or, as my grandmom, mom, and Aunt Katie taught me, “eyeball it”.

    Sorry; must go save another dog toy from my dog Sophie…

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