Homemade soup is amazing, filling and 100% customizable to your dietary requirements and taste. This method will almost always work, especially for veg.
- Some kind of fat (butter/marg/cooking oil)
- An allium (onion/leek/similar)
- Vegetable(s) of choice
- Flavourings (garlic/herbs/salt+pepper)
- Cheap meat (chicken wings/bacon work well)
- A carbohydrate (rice/pasta/lentils/chickpeas/potatoes etc)
- Extra creaminess (cream/yoghurt/soft cheese)
1. Heat your fat in a saucepan, add your allium, and garlic if you’re using it or flavours that should go in at the beginning like fresh chili. Cook until softened. If you’re adding raw meat like bacon, add now as well.
2. Add your main veg and cover with boiling water. You should also add potatoes, uncooked lentils or chickpeas etc now too. Cover the pan and cook until nearly done.
3. Add your other flavours, herbs, salt and pepper etc. If you’re adding cooked meat do so now. If you’re adding cooked carbs (rice/pasta) you can do that now. Taste! Adjust accordingly.
4. If you’re blending your soup, do that and taste again. Then you can add the extra creaminess if you choose.
And you’re done! Not all of these ingredients go together; so for example I’d frequently do leek, bacon, assorted veg +rice - this doesn’t get blended so I wouldn’t add extra creaminess (tbh I hardly ever add the extra creaminess, but it’s there if people fancy it).
This works really well with just one vegetable, like when the supermarket has marked down a load of cauliflower I grab a couple and turn them into soup. You’ll find some veg require no extra creaminess once blended, especially if it’s quite fresh. So you get the comfort and luxury of creamy soup without the cost/calories of cream or cheese!
Okonomiyaki [お好み焼き] - The Japanese Savory Pancake
vegan, makes 2 large
What You Need
☑ 1 cup flour
☑ 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
☑ 1 tsp baking soda
☑ 1 – 2 cups fresh spinach/kale/nappa cabbage/ or your green of choice [minced]
☑ 3/4 cup rice milk or water
☑ 1/4 tsp salt
☑ Okonomi sauce - If you don’t have access to a Japanese market near you (or don’t feel like ordering the ingredients online), don’t worry, there are lots of sauces that taste good on top. Katsu sauce, aka tonkatsu sauce is great, even teriyaki sauce is delicious. Those can usually be found in the international sections of your local grocery store.
This is your base recipe. Okonomiyaki literally means “as you like it”. So you can add whatever you like at this stage, your favorite foods or leftovers from previous meals. Things like green onions, shallots, ginger, garlic, seaweed, etc are great examples.
What You Do
1. Preheat pan with oil on medium heat.
2. Place all the batter ingredients into a bowl and stir until just combined- do not over mix!
3. Pour a large pancake sized serving out onto your pan. (I find this recipe makes two large servings, so you should have half the batter left.)
4. Add any additional toppings
5. Allow to cook thoroughly on both sides (3-5 minutes, depending on toppings), add sauce of choice and serve while hot!