We eat loads of soup in this house- soup makes a quick lunch or a speedy supper. It is an economical meal to serve when a lot of people need feeding, a good way of using up leftovers, and often stretched to serve an extra portion or two with a bit of milk, stock or water.
There is usually a 2-portion block of frozen soup in the freezer, waiting to be microwaved on a day when I have run out of time or energy to cook. Accompanied by a sandwich, a pot of yogurt and a piece of fruit, that makes a substantial meal. But it needn’t be boring. Today’s ‘three minute tips’ are easy ways to make it look more special.
Look at these two pictures
The first is just a bowl of soup – the second is the same bowl, with the addition of a teaspoonful of natural yogurt and a couple of snipped chives. I think the second is much more ‘visually appealing’
If you have a crust of bread left at the end of a loaf, cut it into croutons, toss it in a spoonful of oil, and spread it on a baking sheet. When the oven is hot, pop the croutons in to bake for just 10 minutes. SET YOUR KITCHEN TIMER!! [That’s Delia’s Instruction, not mine] Take the golden morsels out, and leave to cool, then store in a screwtop jar in the fridge. They will keep for ages, and just a few will add texture and interest to your soup bowl [ok they take about 12 minutes to prepare – but if you make enough for 4 meals, that averages out to 3 minutes each time!!]
Other ideas for an attractive garnish/accompaniment
– a sprig of mint or basil
- a little dish of grated cheese to sprinkle
- instead of a boring bread roll, serve some pita bread cut into triangles [plain or toasted] in a napkin lined basket
- a few breadsticks broken in half, standing in a tumbler
- a spoonful of natural yogurt or greek yogurt or creme fraiche or real cream [whatever is in your fridge]
Believe me, even Approved Foods 3p-a-sachet-cup-a-soup can seem classy when you serve it in a bowl with a 3 minute tweak!