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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Winter warmers - Minestrone soup & herb scones

Finally it rained last night! It has been dry across Western Australia throughout March-April-May, causing grave concerns particularly among farmers, but finally the drought has broken and winter has arrived. Though we need much more rain, so keep it coming! rain let it rain!

And it has certainly been cold, perfect soup weather. Last weekend I made Minestrone soup, so I thought I'd share the recipe with you here. 


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic
1 large onion
60g ham or bacon
2 sticks celery
1 or 2 large carrots, diced
1 potato cubed
1 x 410g can kidney beans, drained
6 ½ cups beef stock (made with beef stock cubes) - see note
1 x 140g can Tomato paste
½ small cabbage heart, shredded
½ teaspoon rosemary, oregano and basil
1 teaspoon chopped parsley
few handfuls small size shell noodles

Crush garlic, chop onion, and ham and fry gently in hot oil.  Dice celery, and carrot, drain kidney beans, and drop them into the pot and toss the lot around.  Add stock, tomato paste, rosemary and parsley.  Cover and simmer for 1 hour.  Then add shredded cabbage and shell noodles, and cook another 20 minutes.
Serve, sprinkled with grated or Parmesan cheese. 

Note: Usually during summer if I have an abundance of tomatoes I make tomato soup and freeze it in tubs, and then use this for the base for my minestrone soup, instead of using the beef stock and tomato paste. Although I still do add a couple of tablespoons of tomato paste to the minestrone soup. 

And herb scones

1 egg
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 dessertspoon sugar (if making sweet scones)
¾ cup milk
2 cups SR flour
½ teaspoons salt
For savoury scones – chopped herbs – parsley, oregano, sage, rosemary, chives,
and ½ cup grated cheese
You can also add some finely chopped sun dried tomatoes
Beat egg and sugar (if using) together.  Add melted butter to milk.  Sift flour and salt together. 
NOTE - If making savoury scones, add chopped herbs and ½ cup grated cheese to flour mixture now. 
Make well in the centre of the flour mixture, and stir in egg mixture and milk.  Mix to soft dough.  Turn onto floured board and knead very lightly, only till all combined.  Pat or roll out to about 2cm thickness.  Cut with scone cutter.  Place on lightly greased tray.  Brush with cold milk.  Cook at 230C for 10-12 minutes.

Update -  Maggie from Normandy as just asked me about the plates. They are a special find in an antique shop a few years ago. I love them.  These old French plates - Sarreguemines. were tucked away along the back wall. The proprietor said they were from the 1850s, but my research tells me more likely early 1900s - but do I care? not a bit! I love them!
I have 4 plates and all 4 have a different designs - perfect! 

 And finally, what can be better in winter than curling up in front of the fire with a rug, a mug of soup, and a good book. Oh, and don't forget the ugg boots!

What is your favourite winter soup? Perhaps you'd like to share in the comments. 
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  1. Oh my goodness that looks so good. . .even though I am sitting at the computer in Greece in the early morning hours and sweating already as this spring day promises to be a hot one!

  2. Oh gosh, this looks lovely!!!
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  3. If you lived next door I would be offering to take leftovers! LOL

  4. That looks so YUM! I'm definitely going to try it. The photo of the steaming mug of tea and the scone is absolutely gorgeous.

  5. Yum, minestrone is one of my favourite soups and whilst I don't relish winter I have to say that soup is one of the great bonuses (along with ugg boots of course)!

  6. How I love the picture of the rain drops! We got rain here too, and it was so welcome. Our favourite soup right now is a gingery carrot curry soup. Yum. :-)

  7. Oh my....those scones look divine!

  8. This looks so winter-warming Jill. I do love minestrone soup, but I think my favourite is pumpkin soup. It is so simple to make and I love the thick creamy consistency of it. Glad you got some rain. We've had a week of it here too. :)

  9. I like all the photos on this entire blog.Love the recipe and great yummy food on this one. Great Shots. Have a wonderful weekend, cheers.

  10. I'm sitting here on one of the hottest days of the year so far, 31C and wanting some of your soup, a scone and a roaring fire and my Uggs! I'll archive your recipes for December and think of you in sweltering Western Australia as I'm cooking.
    BTW your blue and white dishes are very pretty are they French?

    1. ha yes! you picked the French plates. A special find in an antique shop a few years ago. I found tucked away along the back wall of the shop - Sarreguemines. The proprietor said they were from the 1850s, but my research tells me more likely early 1900s - but do I care? not a bit! I love them!
      I have 4 plates and all 4 have a different designs - perfect!

  11. Jill, Love your recipes. Thanks for the info on the plates. I will try the herb scones. I recently found some vintage scallop edge cookie cutters I want to try out. Have a great week. Sylvia D.

  12. Jill - I will keep your recipe for scones until it is winter in Montana - they look delightful. My favorite winter soup is pork and sauerkraut - a recipe inherited from my mother!


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