If you were in Perth last Thursday did you get caught out with that sudden taste of winter weather we had? I certainly did, and probably more so than most, as it was the kids School House Swimming Carnival that morning. As the kids were finishing their races, the rain settled in and the thunder started. I hadn’t organised dinner and after being out in the cold & getting a wee bit damp, I really felt like soup! And thought the kids would love it after shivering their you-know-what’s off all morning!
I wracked my brain for any stock I had in the freezer… yes, a fish stock that I’d made a couple of months prior. Not ideal, as hadn’t made soup with fish stock before, but with a bit of left over coconut milk from the weekend in the fridge, lemons, tamari and coriander from the markets – an Asian Inspired soup sprung to mind! We’d had meat dishes already in the week, so something relatively light, warming and nourishing was perfect. It was delicious and so simple and quick to prepare and the kids happily went off to school with leftovers the next day!
Home made bone stock ready to go in the freezer or fridge – for me – is convenience food, with nutrients to go go! I always have some tucked away in the freezer, ‘for a rainy day’ so I can whip up a quick, delicious soup or one pot type meal with cell loving goodness and nourishment.
Home made bone stock (or broth) is another Hero of the food world. Most food cooked on the bone is going to be better for us, and then stock that’s gently simmered for hours, with the minerals gently leached from the bones, has those healing and medicinal properties amplified. Use any bones, preferably organic and grass fed, otherwise if not certified organic, as toxic free as possible and grass fed for extra cell loving goodness.
A basic soup recipe: I had been out all morning, hadn’t put my mind to dinner, but all i really needed was a few leftover veggies, flavouring eg onion, spices and my stock. I’ve posted a recipe for home made chicken stock previously, you can find it here. Replace the chicken for lamb, beef or fish bones. For anyone not familiar with making a basic soup, here are some tips:
Quantity: a family of 4.
Preparation Time: about 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 – 20 minutes (depending on the vegetables used)
Flavour & Nutrient Enhancers to add:
Bone stock is incredibly healing, particularly for our digestive systems. If you suffer from digestive discomfort or a related illness, check out these ideas on how to enjoy it more regularly:
Now I’d love to hear from you. If you’re already making your own bone stocks & soups, what tips do you have to share with us?