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It started with a carrot ... a very mouldy one at that, I was loath to throw it away (even the chickens don't like carrots that much) so I put my thinking cap on ....
... and remembered the bucket of leeks picked hastily just before we left our last place and now lying still in the bucket in the wet, windy weather outside the conservatory door.
After lots of trimming and chopping I was left with a sink full of lovely leeks.
Now if you want food cheap there is always lots more prep to do and I'm one of those gardeners who virtually always wears gloves outdoors and even indoors the feel of soil under my nails is horrible so rubber gloves were the order of the day for all the chopping and washing.
Once the carrot had been peeled, washed, left soaking in salted water with the leeks for while and then lightly peeled again, it was good to go.
I chopped it up, tasted it and it was fine, a little more chewy than usual perhaps and there wasn't much of a 'crunch' but it tasted good ... just like a carrot really :-)
I added it to everything else in the pan, a single tub of veg hash and leeks ...
... a scoopful of bouillon mix and a couple of litres of boiling water and after two hours in the bottom oven of the Aga ...
... there was a huge pan of virtually free soup.
I had a big bowlful with a slice of homemade bread for my dinner as soon as it was ready and the rest has been whizzed up to make a smooth soup and stacked neatly in two portion sized plastic boxes in the freezer. So a total of fourteen portions of soup are now tucked up in the freezer.
And it all started with a mouldy carrot!!