Stoopy soup

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It's May and I have a cold, it's not right. I went out on my bike on Monday after washing my hair, though I did dry my hair and, sans hat, I felt freezing, bombing around the town. I thought 'It's May, surely the jacket, scarf and gloves will do', but no, as I lie, snuffling in the scratcher, scarf and gloves in May do not do. So when you have a cold, or when I have a cold, I develop the appetite of king kong on roller skates, that's hungry. I don't want toast, I want something soupy and hot and that can be made from what's in the cupboard, like what they do on the telly, except they always have pork belly and foie gras in the cupboard. 

Amazingly I have the makings of a something, I reckon once you have a tin of tomatoes you can conquer the world. So here's my super hero soup, I've just scoffed that bowl-full, it's yummy, hot, filling and cheap, hmmm, sounds good. If you don't have spinach growing in a box outside (TV style!) then lob in any greens you do have, or, leave them out!!! You can pile it with rocket of just tons of parsley or, better still, a rake of cheddar cheese. Enjoy!!

I used five things growing from my yard in this, that's the beauty of growing stuff, you always have it to hand and don't have to rush out hunting for fresh herbs and expensive leaves

Something Out of Nothing Soupy Stew 

You will need

1 decent sized onion

2-6 cloves garlic

2 carrots

2 sticks celery

1 tsp each cumin and chilli

1 can each kidney beans, chick peas, tomatoes

Squeeze tomato puree

S & P

Fresh spinach

Fresh parsley


1. Chop the onion and garlic and cook them on a low heat in some olive oil, dice a couple of carrots and celery if you have it

2. Fire in a teaspoon of chilli flakes/powder and a teaspoon of cumin seeds and cook for a couple minutes more

3. Open the bean tins and rinse the beans in a strainer, lob them into the pot, add a tin of tomatoes, a tin of water or veggie stock, a sage leaf/bay leaf/sprig of thyme or all three or none at all, add a good squeeze of tomato puree

4. Cook the stoop for about 40 mins on a low bubble, season with salt n pepa

5. Fire in a handfull of fresh spinach leaves to just wilt

Serve in a bowl with a load or freshly chopped parsley, as its full of vitamin C and tastes great

This is good stuff, simple and yummy, and there's more for later

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