IT'S COLD...... IT'S SOUP WEATHER.....AND WARM CRUSTY BREAD STRAIGHT OUT OF THE OVEN

We had the big wet and now temperatures have dropped. 

The best thing about cold weather has to be SOUPS.... 

 When that freezing gusty wind is blowing, when all the leaves are tossing around like little whirlwinds and I have been squelching through the muddy garden....

My body just craves a hearty, bone warming, fill me up NOW, soup!

I would like to share with you a simple Greek soup originating from northern Greece called Fasolatha...a hearty and full of fibre bean soup. 

Fa....So...La...tha. There you said it!

Dried white beans are always in the pantry. 

Simple and easy ingredients....

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups dried white beans
  • 2 Carrots diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 sticks celery diced (with the leaves)
  • 1 large clove garlic diced
  • 1 tin diced tomatoes
  • olive oil 
  • 1 bay leaf
  • S & P

Method - Add a good glug of olive oil into a large saucepan and sweat off the diced vegetables and bay leaf. When they are cooked off and onion is translucent turn up the heat and add the diced tomatoes. Cook off for a couple of minutes to release the flavour. Add the beans that have been previously soaked and 6 cups of water. Bring to the boil and cover and simmer for approx. 2 hours. I like to cook this soup slowly, so the beans soften gently. You might need to add extra water. I add another big glug of olive oil at the end and season to taste. You want an almost creamy consistency with the soup. 

Soak beans overnight in cold water - make sure you add extra water because the beans will swell.

Dice vegetables.

Sweat off the vegetables then add beans and water. 

I like to serve this soup with, olives (of course) and pickled vegetables with some crusty bread, that I just so happened to have baking away, while the soup was cooking. Does anyone else love sprinkling salt flakes and drizzling olive oil, on hot, just out of the oven bread. mmmmmmm I wish you could smell this.

 Making a big batch of this soup to enjoy over a few days, is just the ticket! 

You know what it's like, get back late from being out and about, and the last thing you want to do is cook a meal.

It's like a friend in the fridge...all you need to do is re-heat and enjoy all over again.

Kali Orexi.......

What's your favourite soup to warm you up? Do you have one passed down through the family?