Waste not, want not – I

Both my parents grew up in the UK in the Second World War: Mum in Oxford, where her mother  billeted soldiers. Dad grew up in Glasgow, and with his sister, Belle, evacuated to a poultry farm . Consequently, we grew up constantly hearing, “waste not, want not”.  Little was thrown away. Broccoli 2
So, one Friday, I when I was making quiches.  One of the fillings was broccoli and blue cheese. Having cut off the florets, I was left with this beautiful, thick but tender broccoli stem.

My trusty compost bucket – never far from my elbow, and which is emptied on to the heap.

Too good to put into the compost bucket, I thought; and it was a cold, cold day.  Soup is always a good lunch during winter, and a vegetable soup relatively quick to make. So, why not turn the stem into broccoli soup?

Here’s what I did: chopped an onion and sautéd it in a little butter (I no longer use the onion), and then added about a table spoon of flour (you want the soup to have a bit of body – and if you prefer not to use wheat, add some cornflour at the end). Cover the chopped stalk with vegetable stock and allow it to boil. Simmer until the vegetables are soft; liquidise and then add some cheese (because I had some, I used Camembert) and liquidise again to ensure the cheese is well distributed. Re-heat and serve with sprinkling of freshly grated nutmeg.

Broccoli Soup


  • This is a regular seasonal soup for Suppers @ The Sandbag House and I’m now a little more particular and base my “doings” on a Creme du Barry recipe from my mother’s Good Housekeeping recipe book.
  • I use Ina Paarman’s vegetable stock powder – it’s a useful standby, and is neither too salty, nor has too many preservatives
  • Save some of the broccoli florets – steam them and add them to the soup when you serve it.
  • Of course, you can also add a swirl of cream or a dollop of Greek yoghurt to serve…

I have just made 6 litres of this soup for an upcoming weekend of suppers.  If you’d like the recipe, it’s here.

Originally posted on 10 July 2014 and updated.

Until next time
The Sandbag House
McGregor, South Africa

Photo: Selma

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7 thoughts on “Waste not, want not – I”

  1. You are SO right about broccoli stems and I’ve been naughty about not using them (the big fat ones) but they are delicious in all sorts of ways!! Hope you both have a great weekend xx

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