Wheat and Spinach soup


Spinach and Wheat soup - Serving suggestion

Spinach and Wheat soup – Serving suggestion

Well, it is winter, what more do you expect? I just fancied this afternoon something green and nutritious. I am calcium deficient and do consume an awful lot of whole milk and this was another way for me to consume a medical cabinet without going via my pills box… or out to get other ingredients for that matter.
So, to make this soup, you will need:

  • 500grs frozen whole spinach leaves
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 100 wheat
  • 4 garlic cloves

    Raw wheat and red onion

    Raw wheat and red onion

  • 2 stock cubes
  • 1l whole milk
  • 4 table spoons of corn oil
  • 50grs mince beef
  • Dry thyme
  • 1 Brazil nut.

Prep: Start by melting the 2 beef stock cubes in 700ml of hot water and set aside. Rinse the wheat under cold water, set aside, chop the onion, and garlic leave to the side.
Method:In a sauce pan, heat 3tbsp of corn oil and brown ¾ of the chopped onion, add the wheat, garlic and all 700ml of stock. Cover and leave to cook for 45min adding water from time to time until the wheat softens. Once the wheat is fully cooked, add 1l of whole milk with the spinach, adjust the seasoning and leave to simmer until the spinach softens… about 5-7minutes. Keep an eye on it otherwise the milk for foam and spill over… and stink up the flat!

Ready mince

Ready mince

Once the spinach is soft enough, remove from the stove and blend immediately.
Now for the mincemeat, heat 1tbsp of corn oil, dry fry the last quarter of finely chopped onion with the mincemeat and a pinch of salt. Stir continuously until the water coming out of the meat dries out and the meat becomes crispy.
The meal is ready to serve… Preferably with Garlic butter bread. I couldn’t be bothered to get out of my flat today, so, I just used what was in the house…

Up close - Spinach and  Wheat soup

Up close – Spinach and Wheat soup

Note:

if you do not have mincemeat, just use strings of bacon or toasted sesame seeds. You could also replace the wheat with potatoes (I didn’t have any in the house so, used wheat found in the back of the cupboard). If you are not fan of milk, just use water during the cooking and add crème fraîche just before serving.
Bon appétit!

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Rough potato mash & spinash


Heart attack in a plate... so tasty!

Heart attack in a plate… so tasty!

Dinner for 2 – oozing with herbs & garlic butter 

Ingredients: 200grs mince beef – 1 small onion – 4 garlic kernels – Salt & white peppers – 6 medium unpeeled potatoes – 10 cubes of frozen spinach leaves – Hand full of chopped parsley. 

Prepare the mince beef steaks: Peel and finely chop ½ the onion & 4 garlic cloves. Add both to the mince eat with a pinch of white grounded pepper & Salt. Mix well using your hand and then, form two steak s from the mix. I do not use egg to keep the mince together as I believe the meat has it own binding agent.

Into a hot frying pan, put a knob of butter. Once melted, place your two steaks and cook each side for about 3 minutes depending of how well cooked you like your meat. I like mine well dead!

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It is burning! I got distracted… Doh!

DSC01749Once you turn the steaks to cook the other side, make some space in the pan and add the unfrozen spinach. This way, the spinach will cook while absorbing the flavours from the meat. Remember to salt and pepper the spinach and stir with a folk from top to bottom. By this time the steak should be cooked on both sides.  Remove the pan from the fire and cover. This way, the spinach will finish cooking with the steam.

For the mash: Wash, cut and place the unpeeled potatoes in a pan with some salty water. Let it cook for about 10-15 minutes until really soft (the cooking time will depend on the thickness of the potatoes cuts).

Remove from fire and mash with a knob of garlic butter. This is a rough mash and doesn’t need to be smooth. Feel free to add some tangy cheese too if you’ve go some.

This dish is full of butter and fatty stuff. So, for the next few days, stay away from overly sweet and creamy stuff. This makes for a balanced diet and maintaining a regular weight.

Bon Appetit! 🙂