Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year Hodge Pot, the Recipe You Need on January 1st!

You know how you feel on January 1st, the day after? Nay, the week after having eaten far, far too much every day since Christmas Eve and you've got all those left-overs in the fridge? Yes, that's right - awful! No way you're going to cook today. So here's one easy solution:

Recipe: Everything left over in your fridge, vegetable-wise, cut-up in bite-size pieces. If you haven't got enough veggies, integrate with a ready-made minestrone from your supermarket, either frozen or semi-fresh (one cup will do).  

Leave out the rat (remember Three Men in a Boat? The dog's contribution to the men's Irish stew had been a rat he'd fished in the Thames...) 

Add one cup of broth to taste (made from cubes or Knorr powder or whatever), ground pepper, a spoonful of fresh chopped parsley (optional). 

Be sure to add two or three tablespoonfuls of fresh tomato purée - what the Italians call "passata di pomodoro". Lacking that, cut up a few cherry tomatoes in your soup, they'll add a necessary zing to it.

Serve with grated Parmigiano cheese and a piece of warmed up bread. And red wine of course.

Et voilà, the perfect New Year Day Hodge podge, I mean Hodge Pot!
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