This soup may not seem "authentic" to someone from Spain, but like I have said before: sometimes its not necessarily where the dish may come from, but sometimes where you had it/ made it/ or where it reminds you of is where you personally associate a dish “from” or with. As I keep saying food is more than the ingredients and flavours that go in it that create the “taste”; the energy gone into making and growing all have a vital part to play, but also the full environment and encounter associated with it has a big influence on our experience of the meal. A meal time is not just re-fuelling the tank, it is their to be lived, enjoyed and reaped.
On that note let’s press on with this recipe, this came to be as a result of a terms worth of learning the fruit and veg. in Spanish. The class shared a delicious meal all prepared in Spanish, to mark the end of term. Below is the soup that took shape from all the veg that was brought in by the children. This was served with bread, butter, a salad and cheese cubes. All in all that's my kinda Spanish class!
So as you may have guess by now this is not a “traditional” soup from anywhere, but as it came to be in the Spanish Lesson, it is known in our home as “Spanish soup”, and it is ALWAYS prepared in Spanish!
CREMA DE SOPA DE VERDURAS
1 ajo (garlic bulb)
2 chirivia (parsnips)
5 zanahorias (carrots)
3 calabacin (courgettes)
1 batatas (sweet potato)
3 patatas / papas (potatoes)
3 cebolla (onions)
1 judias verdes (pack of green beans)
2 puerro (leeks)
1 pimiento rojo (red pepper)
2 apio (sticks of celery)
3 tblspns aceite de oliva/mantequilla (Oil/butter) (although I do not recommend cooking in olive oil, but it was part of their learning)
pelar le verdura, (peel the veg)
cortar la verdura, (chop the veg)
freir la verdura (fry the veg)
anadir agua (add water, enough to cover the veg)
cocinar hasta que la verdura sea suave (cook till the veg is soft).
Mezclar la verdura (blend the veg)
Ilevar a ebullicion ( put back on heat and bring to boil)
apagar y servir (switch off the heat and serve)
The RECIPE BOX
My heritage spans from the flavours of Bihar to the cuisine of the Arabias, the colourful food of Bengal to the delicacies of Pakistan.
HERE YOU WILL FIND:
FAMILY RECIPES THAT HAVE BEEN PASSED DOWN TO ME.