Friday, December 01, 2006

Leftovers soup

This is tasty soup. What is it?

Leftovers soup.

Yesterday’s soup? I thought we finished that.

No, leftovers soup: soup made from the week’s leftovers.

The red bean pie from Monday?

Yes.

The sausage stew from Tuesday?

Yes.

Rice from last night?

Yes.

What’s that other taste… cumin…

The falafel from Wednesday.

Wow. Nice soup.

Don’t expect it every week.


Who needs Nigella when I’m already married to a domestic goddess?

15 comments:

quinn said...

I love leftovers....and I love to save /stretch my families budget.

I must admit I am not a domestic goddess.

It is always a fun challenge to see just how far we are able to stretch our dollars... a couple of months ago our microwave overn of 19 years died/croaked/stopped competely....the nerve!!!...

Another unexpected expense ugh....but we collect canadian tire money ( a store here in canada that when you shop they give you bills that equal 5/10/15/50 cents etc..every time you buy something or fill up your car at their gas station).

we had managed over time to have quite a huge wad of this "money" we were able to go and purchase a new microwave that was priced at just over a hundred dollars for all our canadian tire money and about 30 dollars "real" money...but wait it gets better.....
The next week the same microwave went on sale..and we took the receipt back to the store and they gave us the difference...after all was said and done we paid 13 dollars "real money" for our new microwave...
hopefully this one can last another 19 years....now that is stretching a dollar.

Pendullum said...

I am the left over queen...
I love the challenge of coming up with something after the main meal...
But I think I am handing over the crown and my bowl...Scoot on over Kim,I am comingfor dinner,,,

Anonymous said...

Fridays soup in grade school was Mon-Thurs leftover lunch. I think thats where I developed my phobia of leftovers. However, after I moved out and lived on my own for a short while until I got married that's all I ate. I don't mind them anymore, but my wife avoids leftovers like the pleague.

We like falafel in our house, I'm just not sure we like it in our soup.

Kim Ayres said...

Quinn - 19 years? You could probably have made a small fortune selling it as an antique on eBay.

Pendullum - You're always welcome to join us. If you gave Maggie a potato and a single carrot and invited 19 people round for dinner, she'd somehow manage to have everyone feeling stuffed, sated and singing her praises for a damn fine meal, while still having enough left over to make a small cauldron of soup the following day.

BStrong - Have you tried falafel in your soup? You're missing a treat.

Dr Maroon said...

Ohhhh...Nigella...arggle glug choke...


I won't sleep this night.

Anonymous said...

One of the pleasures of having roast chicken on a sunday is knowing that we will have chicken soup on a monday. Fantastic!

layla said...

Hi Kim,
how does mum do it? That soup sounds delicious! I think she should write a cookbook or something. it's really hard to make something the whole family enjoys.
Sean has got a throat infection (thats why I'm up so late)
I don't understand, they used to love eating vegetables and the fact that james has taught poppy how to make a cake or a castle out of her tea doesn't help!

Andraste said...

It's an art form. Monday's potatoes become Thursday's Shepherd's pie, and the cheddar and ale soup I make on Sunday will become macaroni & cheese by Friday. My parents grew up in the depression, so food is NOT to be wasted...not on my watch, anyway.

Anonymous said...

Your wife sounds like my kind of cook.

Kim Ayres said...

Dr Maroon - sigh. I know.

Birdwatcher - not to mention the chicken curry on Tuesday and the chicken enchiladas on Wednesday

Layla - your mum says if you oven roast the vegetables it makes them sweeter, but if the kids are into building, then mashing up other vegetables in with the potato, such as carrot, sweet potato, turnip etc, is a way of getting more vegetable into them

Andraste - We have so many built in rules about food. Not wasting food has helped to contribute to over eating problems - especially when combined with the idea that you must always provide more than people can eat.

Jo - She is an incredible cook. The problem is her cakes and home baking are to die for too.

Kate said...

You can't beat leftovers, I make full use of ours, mainly because I can't bear to throw anything away. (I come from a mostly Irish background, we have this thing about not wasting food, and feeding people - I offer people food as they come through the door LOL) But seriously, you can make some jolly nice meals with leftovers. The trouble is, if everyone enjoys the end result it can be hard to reproduce.

I don't have a clue what falafel is, but I'm sure it's lovely.

Kim Ayres said...

Made from chick peas and spices there are various recipes about. Ours was from a reduced to clear packet from the supermarket.

Attila The Mom said...

I love Maggie! She's a woman after my own heart. LOL

Mary Witzl said...

I think being able to make leftovers into something nutritious and palatable is a far greater talent than anything I've seen a celebrity chef come up with. That said, I have a friend who has gone so far as to blend leftover borsht and mashed potatoes with crumbs from peanut butter cookies and serve it all up with a flourish. But then I did say nutritious AND palatable...

Brave Astronaut said...

Would that I had the culinary skills exhibited by Maggie on a regular basis.