Oct 15th, 2015
We have been so busy it has been a real challenge to spare an evening to go to Dumbarton to shop of late. This was sort of ok because we had lots of food in the freezer which we were slowly working our way through – but we normally have soup for our lunch and last night I realized we were out. Neither R nor I are canned or packet soup fans – so I had to quickly come up with a store cupboard soup to see us through the next couple of lunchtimes.
This was what I made. Soak 500g of butter beans overnight and then cook until tender. Take one tub of homemade tomato sauce base out of the freezer and defrost (alternatively, make with one fried onion, two garlic cloves, add one can tinned chopped tomatoes, cook down a little with a tsp dried herbs). Peel dice and steam until softish whatever root vegetables you have to hand (I had a few potatoes and carrots). Add the veg to the tomato base and mix in some tomato puree and several heaped tsp curry spice paste (e.g Pratak’s ). Dilute with stock to desired consistency (should be quite thick) then add the butter beans. Simmer for ten minutes and eat with some homemade bread.
Surprisingly good – though I must observe that often these ‘just sling it together’ dishes work out brilliantly the first time but then don’t turn out to be repeatable.