Tuesday 6 February 2024

Pot Herbs.

 

I was in Aldi the other day and noticed they had 5 veg soup mixes for sale.  How do you come to the number of 5?  Four or six but never 5.  I don't  like odd numbers.  Do you?

They reminded me of bags of Pot Herbs that they use to sell at markets in my native Lancashire.

The vegetables came ready chopped and prepared to make a big pan of soup or broth with.

I once heard this old man say: "I went to market and bought a bag of them pot herbs and I brought them home and put them in a pan of water and boiled it  on stove and I made me self some soup 🍲 and it was CRAP!"

I hope ours isn't?  Especially we (not me) bake a loaf of soda bread to go with it.

Anyone tried these soup mixes?

18 comments:

  1. We used to buy soup mix from our local shop. It was basically just a tray of peeled and diced root veg but saved me the bother of doing the preparation myself. Now that Tesco have bought them out we don't see it any more.

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    1. Pot Herbs were something similar but in a bag JayCee. Probably paper that you could burn in the fire to keep yourself warm and get rid of your rubbish. I have seen ready washed and chopped vegetables for sale in Mark's and Sparks. Ideal for Margo types from The Good Life me thinks. Ours are more Tom and Barbara ish type of vegetables.

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  2. Don't buy mixes, soups or salads . I'm sure they won't be crap , especially if you add a bit of macaroni or something similar. And soda bread. You can't go wrong

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  3. I am sure they will be ok and great if you work full time Linda. We don't even compost our vegetables peelings the pigs and poultry and ducks get them.

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  4. With 50% off, I would try anything apart from crap which is another term for doo-doo! I don't see why the soup would not be palatable but probably not as wholesome and tasty as the soup you made from scratch the other week.

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  5. True. I will give it a whirl tomorrow and let you know what we thought of it. It's got to be better than instant packet soup. Heinz and Baxters use to make some good tin soup, they probably still do?

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  6. We don't have soups with chopped vegetables. I cannot imagine why they wouldn't be good, though. I mean you could always doctor it up to taste. At our soup kitchen, I experimented with giving people a bag of beans, a can of vegetable broth, chopped frozen bags of ham, celery, carrots, and onion. They could throw everything in a crockpot in the morning for a good fresh pot of soup for supper. Convenience foods were preferred.

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    1. Thanks I think you are Debby? The old coaching inns and pubs always had a big pan of broth or soup boiling away waiting for a next stage coach of tired and thirsty travellers and it would be topped up with fresh veg all day long. Your soup sounds hearty and delicious. It's great that you have a soup kitchen.

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    2. You are right. Winner winner...er... Soup for dinner?

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    3. It's a regional English expression Debby. People down South would say Lunch and we would say Dinner. Likewise they would say Dinner and I would say: "Tea".

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  7. If that man only cooked pot herbs in his water no wonder it was awful. I haven't ever tried the pre-chopped veggies for soup but I have bought packs of "soup mix" which usually have a turnip or swede, a couple of carrots some celery sticks and an onion, when you get home you wash, peel and chop all that yourself to add to your soup stock. I know plenty of people who do buy the pre-chopped packs and if I was pressed for time I might too.

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  8. Good points River. I question the soup mixes freshness River like so many shop bought vegetables. But I will make the soup mix and write a post about it. I suppose with a soup mix it's convenient and there is no vegetable waste to get rid of. Thanks.

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  9. We often get a stew pack, with the vegetables whole, which makes a great base for your soup.

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    1. The stew pack sounds great Poppypatchwork. We are great believers in slow cooking. Even the cheapest meat cuts can be tenderised along with the vegetables.

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  10. Soup mix for us means a bag of lentils, split peas and some barley - to which is added a marrow bone and water (and later whatever veg are in the garden or stored in pits at the back of the garage). I have never seen bags of mixed veg specifically for making soup.

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  11. I must play special attention to growing vegetables for the hunger gap Tigger's Mum. This winter I have given a lot of our homegrown vegetables to our livestock in order to give them a mixed diet and hopefully tasty pork and bacon. The mixed veg bags are very common in Ireland and the North of England. I remember the bags of pearl barley specifically for soup making.

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  12. I always have pearl barley in my cupboard, in jars so critters can't get to it.

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  13. I must get some pearl Barley River.

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