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It’s the jet stream, stupid

July 2, 2012

The weather forecaster told us about the rain and its provenance (it’s not the almighty’s wrath at the state of the banking industry or the state of  the planet, it’s the jet stream being lower than it should be) and that it’s been the wettest June since records began in 1910 (I think it was). I’m much comforted. But it’s still raining. 

So I opened the Tideford Tomato and Lentil soup Stephen gave me. Nice drawings on the label again. Once opened, it looked, once again, like something I’d made – not a good sign as I said before. It tasted quite tomatoey, but it lacked a certain something. I could not detect the chilli, and the basil was fleeting. If I’d made it, I’d be looking for something to put in it to make it a bit better.

It wasn’t going to feed us all as it’s only a small pot, so I cast around for something to add bulk (and taste). The fridge yielded potatoes, some field mushrooms, an aubergine, a bunch of spring onions and half a pack of tomato passata.  The garden yielded herbs.


I chopped the potatoes into rounds and spread them on an  oiled baking tray and shoved them into a hot oven.

Into a pan went two spring onions, a huge mushroom , the (quite small) aubergine chopped into small pieces and some olive oil. I cooked this in the oven with the lid on until the aubergine was soft (about 30 minutes) and then added the passata and some fresh herbs from the garden – parsley and marjoram – and cooked a bit more on the hob this time. Then I added the soup and heated it all through. It looked OK – not quite as orange as before – and it tasted much more robust.

We ate the modified soup with the potato rounds and some sauteed shredded cabbage and sweetcorn and a few bits of mozzarella dotted around. It was very nice.


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