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We have  experienced a chilly winter, even with the few sunny days thrown in for good measure.  Still, nothing beats a delicious bowl of hot home-made soup. Soups can be made from many of the leftover vegetables in the fridge – so economical and environmentally-sound– as it is a great way to minimise food waste. There is a  great range on page 184-201 of The Food Book.

Soups can be a meal in themselves – just add some lentils or legumes to make a nourishing meal. Nothing beats taking a bowl of homemade soup to work to heat up for lunch or a snack.  A favourite soup of many is Minestrone (check out the recipe on p. 200 -201 of The Food Book). Try making some parmesan balls to add to this recipe:

Mix 1 cup of homemade breadcrumbs, ¼ cup of grated parmesan cheese, ¼ teaspoon mustard powder and 1 beaten egg. Shape mixture into small balls, each about the size of a walnut and chill in the refrigerator for at least thirty minutes. Gently place batches of the cheese balls in a saucepan of simmering water and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from water and place in the Minestrone in the last 2  minutes of  cooking.

What a delicious addition to this hearty soup. It will just warm the soul!