I was reading in the press recently that during this much talked about credit crunch, the popularity of take away food is soaring. Apparently as a nation we have forgotten how to cook, and as less people can afford to eat out, we are resorting to fast food instead.
Over the next few weeks we thought we would try to offer up some alternatives in the form of good value, delicious family recipes.
These will take no more than a few minutes to prepare and all have been tried and tested on my own family.
Our first offering is a cream of onion soup. Dora and Jemima tried it at the weekend, described it as deeeeeeeeeelicious and both asked for more, so I thought that was a pretty good recommendation. I have also cooked this as a starter at a dinner party, so it’s pretty versatile. All the ingredients cost less than £3 and the quantities here serve around 4 people.
1 medium potato
1 clove garlic
A little butter
900 ml vegetable stock
What to do
- Peel and chop all the vegetables
- Fry them in a pan with a little butter until they begin to soften
- Add the stock and simmer for 25 minutes or until the potato mashes easily with a fork
- Blend the soup
- If it is a little thick just add a bit more stock or a dash of milk (if you want it really creamy)
- Stir in a little cream before serving
My girls suggest serving it with some cheese on toast, as this goes well with the flavour of the onions and is so much yummier than normal bread.