...and you know that that means, don't you? Yes. it's SOUP TIME!
I've made three so far this winter: one brilliant minestrone from the soup cookbook written by the late lamented Digby Law. I followed this one almost to the letter, and it was so good. Last week I made some vegie and puy lentil soup with smoked pork ribs in it. That was pretty damn good too. Last night I made a big pot from the water (stock!) that I'd used to cook the corned silverside on Sunday night. Having added the strained stock to some sweated garlic, onions, celery and carrot, I added some yellow split peas and cooked it slowly for quite a long time. (Actaully, I thought I'd turned it off but I hadn't, so it was a couple of hours.) I then thickened it with some left-over mashed potato and pumpkin. And I just had some for lunch, and it wasn't bad. I might add a few chopped veges (brocolli, cauli, maybe tomato, cook for about ten more minutes) to the rest of it; it's just a tad boring.
I sometimes do follow recipes, often from Digby's book - which I see is widely available online - when I make soup (leek and potato with parmesan rinds - yum!), but I often just chuck in what I have. They're all different, and they're all delicious.