Trying out recipes is like a continual game of Russian Roulette - addictive, exciting, and at times, dangerous.
One of the most versatile and fulfilling recipes is for soup - which can be as easy, decadent or fancy as you please.
But it occured to me the other night, as I stirred a pan of what can only be described as vomit's younger brother, that sometimes experimentation with food can go horribly wrong.
I wanted to hide my shame, throw the soup in the bin and pretend it never happened, which is, well, what I did.
But then I thought, there is a very valuable lesson to be learnt here, more precious than any recipe or cooking guide.
This, my friends, is How Not To Make Soup...(unfortunately, based on a true life story)
- Do not just chuck in any old vegetables that you "think" will taste "OK" together because you're running out of food and money. It's just a waste of perfectly good vegetables if it doesn't go well.
- Do not add extra stock cubes because you don't like the taste of swede. Just don't put suede in.
- Do not chuck half a tub of salt into the soup without first tasting the mixture, expecially if you have already added an extra stock cube. Your soup will taste like sea-water.
- Do not just chuck flour into the almost ready-made soup because you want it to be thicker. And then, when it congeals and cooks in dumpling-like lumps, do not try and tell your housemate that it is cauliflower...
- Do not try to mask the overly-salty and bad-tasting soup with curry powder if you do not like spicy food. Spicy Salty Broth is not delicious, it's devastating.
- Do not attempt to start making soupif you don't have a blender. Unless, of course, you like lumpy soup, in which case go for it!
- Do not then try to blend the soup into something palatable with a potato masher.
- Do not then freeze the soup claiming "I'll eat it later". You know you won't, just give up now.
I hope, my friends, that this advice will become a staple in your life, and provide a turning point in the lives of gluten-free soup makers everywhere. For soup that does work, you can of course, try here, here or here.