I hate wasting food! Just want to make that clear.
Last week I decided to make some soup and started with a sort of minestrone in mind. I checked the fridge for stray vegetables and then chopped onions, carrots, celery and a stray pepper which was looking a bit unloved. I fried some bits of bacon and then slung everything in the slow cooker with a couple of tins of chopped tomatoes, a glug of olive oil and some spaghetti broken up small.
I think I went a bit overboard on making sure it was a good hearty soup because it was more like a stew but none the worse for that. It was wonderful!
So a few days later I tried the same sort of thing but this time I had no bacon and I omitted the olive oil. It wasn't a patch on the previous effort.
But I don't like wasting food so I threw in a couple of spoonfuls of pesto. That improved it but it still wasn't a success. I dithered and thought about freezing some of it to see if I like it better in a couple of weeks but I know from hard-won experience that I would just avoid eating it.
But thinking about the freezer reminded me that there was some Stilton left from Christmas so I fished it out and melted it into the soup.
It was wonderful! It still is wonderful but it won't be wonderful for much longer.
The weather outside is grim so sitting inside seems like a good idea.
And funnily enough the soup seems to be disappearing.