Christmas Leftovers - Vegetables

Why are there no recipe books that give you ideas on how to use up your leftovers after Christmas? Yes, there are cookery books that purport to show you how to use-up leftover food, but they require you to have a store cupboard full of additional ingredients to add to the leftovers. I want a book that simply tells you how to use up what you have in the fridge after Christmas, without the need to go out and shop for more food items beforehand. Maybe I will write a book myself!

Take for example leftover Christmas or New Year vegetables, now filling the fridge in bowls and on plates. To make all these into one simple and tasty vegetable soup is so easy. If you don't know how, here goes...

Put all the vegetables in a large saucepan, and I mean ALL vegetables - peas, cabbage, swede, parsnips, cauliflower (even if it is part of a cauliflower cheese dish), potatoes, carrots - everything that is leftover. Add two medium sized chopped onions, two stock cubes and cover all with water.

Now boil up the mix until the onions are soft, transfer to the blender or mixer and 'blitz' until all the mixture is a thick soup. Transfer back to the saucepan, add any further water required to make a creamy vegetable soup of your preferred consistency. Heat until piping hot and serve with crusty bread. Alternatively, fill a plastic bag with the soup and freeze for use at another time.

It's so easy, please don't throw those delicious leftover vegetables into the trash !    


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