Garden Soup January

31 Jan

Soup is a gardener’s comrade, warming, nutritious and delicious, it is a perfect way to cook up lots of lovely home grown veg. This is a real winter soup and takes a little of everything from our mid-winter garden, along with some lentils for protein and to keep the gardener fuelled.

A Potager is a garden in France where you grow what was for the pot and the French name for soup, or one of them, is potage. This soup should really be called Potage de Janvier.

Soak a cup of green lentils, sometimes called continental lentils, in water for 4 hours (hot water) or over night in cold.

Sauté some onion, leek and a little garlic with a pinch each of cracked black pepper and coarse sea salt. Add peeled and chopped carrots, potatoes, turnips, the soaked lentils and plenty of good home made stock. Cover and cook for about 30 minutes or until the lentils are starting to soften. Then add washed chopped kale, Swiss chard, perpetual spinach and any other greens you’ve got along with some herbs such as; rosemary, savory or thyme. Cook for another 10 – 15 minutes until the vegetables are how you like them.

Variations  Whatever is in your garden in January.

This recipe was originally posted on  31/01/2009


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