Frugal French Pantry November 2017

For the Frugal French Pantry November 2017 it's frugal soups including Roasted Garlic & Tomato, Potato & Leek, Curried Pumpkin and Mushroom and Tarragon.

The Frugal French Pantry November 2017. For this month the focus for my frugal recipes for  the Deux Sevres Monthly magazine is soup. We are big soup eaters in this house as it’s filling and warming when we’ve been busy in the garden. Although we are not vegetarian we do love a vegetable soup and they are […]

Fat-Free Potato and Leek Soup

Potato and Leek Soup is simple to make, fat-free, gluten-free and is very economical to make. It's easy to add a dollop of creme fraiche or blue cheese too.

Potato and Leek Soup. It’s the time of year to buy leeks in France and whether they are slathered in cheese sauce, sauteed with butter and lemon or roasted in the oven , they are a firm family favourite so we buy them every week. It’s also soup season and, rather than make my normal […]

Roasted Tomato Soup with Garlic

Roasted Tomato Soup with Garlic. Tomatoes and garlic roasted in the oven then combined with stock to make a simple and delicious soup.

Roasted Tomato Soup with Garlic. The first thing I noticed when I moved to rural France is that many people grow their own vegetables. The earth here is like crumbled chocolate and everything seem to grow and grow. It’s easy to grow melons and peaches, which would be difficult where I used to live. Naturally […]

Tarragon and Mushroom Soup

Tarragon and Mushroom Soup. This is a simple soup, ready in 15 minutes with only a handful of ingredients but is packed full of taste.

Tarragon and Mushroom Soup. I remember the first time I made mushroom soup was after I got married. I followed a recipe that consisted of sliced white mushrooms, flour to thicken and then stock and milk. It was nice, and for many years I made the same recipe. Then the shops started stocking chestnut mushrooms […]

Curried Pumpkin Soup

Curried Pumpkin Soup enriched with coconut milk and dried coconut and flavoured with coriander, cumin and tamarind for a rich, warming, winter soup.

Curried Pumpkin Soup. My family love a good hearty soup but before moving to France there was no way you would have got them to eat pumpkin; it’s just not generally eaten in Britain. When we moved here I noticed that everyone has a little potager or vegetable garden and nearly everyone grows pumpkins. I have to […]

Chicken and Bacon Chowder

Chicken and Bacon Chowder. More usually a white chowder is traditionally a North American hearty soup typically served with seafood, especially clams according to its origins. Interestingly the word chowder may have come from the French word chaudière or cauldron but I’ve never seen it here in France!     Here is my very easy version of a chowder that works particularly […]

Oriental Duck Broth

This Oriental Duck Broth evolved by accident as so many things do. As a frugal cook I always boil up any carcasses for stock and as duck is expensive I thought we could get another meal off it! The soup itself is ready from start to finish in half an hour but to get all the delicious […]

Bisque

Steaming hot bisque with the kick of cayenne, my mouth is watering just thinking about it….This is definitely my husband’s favourite. There’s something really comforting about soup, especially with winter approaching. As a child I remember  having tomato soup on cold winter days and, if I felt ill, it had to be be chicken soup, […]