It was such a disappointment when my vegetable soup didn't turn out quite right.
I started the soup by chopping up some onions and frying them in fry light. I kept pouring in a splash of vegetable stock (1 pint used in total) until all of the stock had been soaked up into the onions. I then added some herbs and spices, some Worcestershire sauce and some Marmite to the pan. Tomato and Basil Passata was then added along with some water and a load of veggies (Carrots, Leeks, Swede etc). I left all this to boil on the stove for about 30 minutes.
I think the mistake that I made was to add a cinnamon stick to the soup, which I later forgot to take out before putting the soup in the blender....... disaster, the soup had such a strong & unpleasant taste to it that I could only manage to eat a very small bowl of it before deciding enough was enough! Plus I kept finding little bits of wood .....yuk!
At the same time as making the soup I also made some little Samosa bites. These were made with mashed potato, peas and Indian spices. I then cut some filo pastry into squares and tried to fill them with the spicy mash and peas. The triangles were a bit of a mess and very fiddly so I decided instead to roll them a little like a spring roll. They were then brushed with egg wash and baked in the oven until they started to brown (about 15 minutes). Meanwhile I made a mint yoghurt dip with (no fat) plain yoghurt, a little mint sauce and some Canderel.
The result was pretty good, obviously not as authentic as the real thing but a good low fat alternative at 1 syn each on Extra Easy or Green. I will definitely try these again.
|Vegetable Samosas with a Mint Yoghurt Dip|
On to my puddings. Well after so much effort to get to the end result and when they came out of the oven they looked so so good....(for low fat meringues anyway), I thought fantastic....but alas they were awful, really bitter with an un-meringue like texture. I wont bother putting up the recipe that I followed as I wouldn't wish that dessert on my worst enemy.
|Lemon Meringue Puddings|
I am very glad to say that tonight's dinner has been much more of a success, very basic, tasty and filling (Photo below). I followed the meal off with sugar free jelly, a Muller light yoghurt and some fresh fruit.
|Peppered Steak, Corn on the Cob & Home Made Potato Salad|
The potato salad was made with extra light mayonnaise (1 table spoon - which I believe is about 1 syn), spring onions and salt and pepper. I usually make this with half a spoon of mayonnaise and half salad cream, but I didn't have any salad cream in the house. No butter on the Corn....but hey we are on a diet here folks! :-)