I mentioned in an earlier post how I planned use up a lot of the things in my cupboard this month, I made a start today when I used up the last of my Lidl’s cooking bacon (all of the unsuccessful slices of bacon packaged up together. It’s tasty, cheap and like a fun little bacon-y Russian Roulette as you just don’t know what you’re going to get) and some lentils to make a lentil and bacon soup.
Now, whilst there are recipes out there for bacon and lentil soup (like this one maybe), I’m a busy mum of two young kids who are having a grumpy pants day. My recipe went something like this:
Bacon and Lentil soup. Botched up
- Get the pressure cooker down and pour in some red lentils. Add a few more, for good luck.
- Add water. A third of the way up the pan or so, I guess.
- Throw in a stock cube. Is that one of the low salt ones? I think so. I hope so.
- The recipe says to sweat the chopped onion and fry the bacon… eh, just throw it in the water, it’ll all cook.
- What else can I add? This courgette looks a little old, I’ll chop it up and throw it in.
- A potato? Why not?
- And lastly a tin of tomatoes. Because the bacon and lentil soup you had that time in that restaurant was more orangey than this.
- Lid on, whack it up to full power and then when the pressure cooker starts to whistle drop it down to a simmer.
- Just before you leave the house , switch it off, give it a blend with the stick blender. Burn yourself slightly because you dipped your finger in for a taste, forgetting the soup was molten.
- Feel smug, boast to your friends how easy it is to make soup.
- Go home, put it back on to reheat and then get distracted by something in a different room.
- Come back ten minutes later to discover that your kitchen is full of steam and the pressure cooker has spluttered (for want of a better word) blended lentils and water all over the hob, wall and surrounding worktop.
- Clean up some of the lentil soup, rescue the soup in the pot by adding extra water.
- Feed cranky children.
- Clean up children, realising that white clothes, a baby and orange soup was not a good idea.
- Clean up the rest of the soup in the kitchen.
- Eat yours 45 minutes later, warmed up three separate times in the microwave.
- Actually enjoy the soup and think about making it again sometime. Without botching it up.
What are your go to store cupboard recipes?