Posted by Tania Kindersley.
And here is the bonus soup, because we have not had a recipe for a bit:
I felt rather weak this evening, and wanted a quick, sustaining soup. I had some bags of watercress in the fridge, which were about to go over. So I made this cheatiest of cheating soups. It is so naughty that I hardly dare tell you. But it will make you feel strong as Popeye, and it is greener than emeralds.
Take a small leek. Slice finely. Peel three fat garlic cloves. Simmer in half a litre of water with a tablespoon of Marigold Bouillon powder for about ten minutes, or until soft. Add two bags of watercress. If you have any rocket, that is an excellent addition. Simmer for five more minutes. Put in a blender. Add a gloop of extra virgin olive oil, and, if you like a bit of heat, a pinch of dried chilli. Blitz until smooth. Check seasoning. THAT IS IT. Serious cooks will be fainting dead away. But I cannot tell you how delicious and health-giving it was.
I make a lot of green soups. This is possibly the most basic and naughty of the lot. But if you want something lovely in fifteen minutes straight, you can’t beat it.