Two soups?

Here’s another culinary delight from our kitchen.

This recipe is dedicated to Julie Walters and her famous TV sketch.

serves 2
total time 35 minutes


1 carrot, peeled and finely diced
1 medium potato, peeled and finely diced

1 Tbsp butter
1/2 onion finely diced

1 400g tin chopped/whole plum tomatoes
1 Tbsp tomato puree
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp apple sauce
1/2 pint chicken stock
a few good grinds of black pepper

cream or 1 Tbsp milk


Cook carrot and potato (I use a pressure cooker for 5 minutes)

Melt butter in medium saucepan.
Add onions over a medium/low heat, saute 5 minutes until soft.

Add the other ingredients to onions. Carrot, potato, tomatoes, tomato puree, garlic, sugar, apple sauce, with stock, some black pepper and stir well.

Bring to the boil and simmer for 20-25 minutes until everything is cooked through.

With a wand blend the soup to make it lump free.

Stir in cream/milk.

Serve and enjoy.

We’ll have this for tea tonight with a cheese toastie and what’s left of the fruit cake to follow.

And here’s a bowl of the tomato soup we had this evening.


I’ve come to the conclusion that you are REALLY A GOOD COOK! :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

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Thanks @axnr911 and I’ll modestly reply, “I’m just following the recipe”. :grin:

Apple sauce is an interesting ingredient. I might have to try this one. (that sketch is one of my faves by the way).

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@MinnieB the original recipe asked for half an apple peeled, chopped and diced. I’ve used apple sauce as a substitute.
I must admit to being a fan of Julie Walters. In the Dinner Ladies she was on another level.

@Bobbi I very much agree with @axnr911

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Why make life harder for yourself. The apple turns to mush anyway.
Dinner Ladies was brilliant. I’ve got the box set.

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Thanks for your recipe @Bobbi, I love soup, made some today, not tomato, but chicken, vegetable and mixed bean, so much of it I’ve portioned it up and put it in the freezer. Nice and handy for when feeling peckish.

I’ll have to try your sourdough recipe to go with it :yum:


@Mahoney oh, that looks proper ! ! A real hearty soup, very welcome now it is getting cooler. It looks mouth wateringly good.

As for sourdough I have to be truthful and say I am disappointed. I’ve been trying to photograph a demo run that I can post on the forum. I can’t get it to work well now temperatures have dropped and I am trying unsuccessfully to present something that can be produced in a normal domestic kitchen.

The bottom line is that ideally a 25°C environment is needed to get everything working well. Being a home brewer equipment that will produce these temperature is available to me, but I want to demonstrate sourdough made in an ordinary home. It would be easy to say find a warm spot in the house, but usually that won’t be warm enough. Also heated seed propagators or heated mats are sometimes recommended. It all seems a bit of a faff for something that should be simple. Most online bakers giving out instructions live in places warmer than ours, so their recipes tend to be disappointing.
Its all very technical and needs to be simplified. I’m working on it but can’t honestly publish a working method yet.

@Bobbi Hopefully you’ll find a method for the sourdough that you can share :yum: in the meantime I’ll just buy some bread.

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2 soups reminds me of an all time classic with Julie Walters in the comedy sketch .,
Who else has seen this year jerking skit


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@Jordan ME!! It’s hilarious :joy: :joy::joy::joy::joy:

Hello @Bobbi. I have a winter and summer methods for my sourdough. In the summer I make it before 8am, knock it back at lunch time and bake it at tea time. In winter as long as I have it mixed before bedtime, I knock it back first thing the next day then bake at tea time on the second day. I love the fact it is so in tune with what’s around it and you have to adapt your method to suit it as it’s a living thing. There is no hard and fast rule for when one season’s method changes into the next thanks to the great British weather. Julia x

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I’ve been artificially raising the temperature to get a rise.

I’ll try things as you suggest and see how it works out. I am a little concerned that it will take a very long time to prove successfully.

However, I do want to be able to put forward a method usable in the winter here in the UK in an ordinary domestic kitchen.

As for setting up a starter, I struggle if temperatures are only 21-22°C or lower.
In fact ambient temperature is about 16°C at this time. A little chilly for yeast
I won’t recommend a method I cannot get to work for myself, so I will experiment a little more.

Thanks Julia

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