Updated: Aug 28, 2019
Souper Sundays have come about from my mum deciding to make her friend soup with a big ole bacon hock but not having a pot big enough to house said hock. After feeling frustrated she sent the hock my way exclaiming "this is yours now". I was very happy. To be honest, I had forgotten about bacon hocks. And I love them. So I gathered up some winter vegetables and declared a communal soup dinner was to happen on the sunday night. Souper Sundays was born. A piping hot vegetable soup with smokey bacon threaded through, some cheese on toast with garlic butter and some very happy housemates. I am really enjoying revisiting the joys of soup. I used to make it for family meal at The Five Fields, London when it was our section's turn. At first, I didn't think it was very exciting but everyone seemed to really enjoy it. It was also a great way to use up the leftover bread that was lovingly made everyday and the surplus of vegetables that arrived from the kitchen garden twice a week.
The thing I love most about making soup is the hearty aromas and warmth it exudes through the house as its simmering away. And I take great joy in serving it to friends and family. We have a 6 litre slow cooker in our house and I have a morbid fear of not having enough food (perhaps formed from working in professional kitchens). I don't intend to but I go out all out, its never just soup. There are flavoured oils, roasted meats, bread, butter, cheese to adorn the soup.
Every sunday I will post the soup I made for Souper Sunday, this is as much an exploration of soup land for me as it is for you. And I hope you do try out these recipes. Feel free to send me any thoughts or musings you have in regards to any of the recipes I post.