Cooking lettuce

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It always seems a bit perverse to get a big crunchy Iceberg and boil it up.

It takes a lot of space to start with

It takes a lot of space to start with

Lettuce and lemon soup is pretty good, however, and has the advantage that you can eat it hot in winter and cold in summer (should we actually have summer, of course).

About three and a half pints - it will have a pint (ish) of milk added before using tomorrow

About three and a half pints – it will have a pint (ish) of milk added before using tomorrow

This is my contribution to the team running a local Lent lunch tomorrow:  a village hall full of people, five or six gallons of soup, and bread and cheese in proportion.

Do our hearts shrivel within us at the thought?  Well…

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4 responses »

  1. I am not a soupy person, but if our church starts up the Lenten soup suppers again, this might be an idea! (I generally bring bread. I know how to make decent bread, unlike my soup.)

    • I’m not very good at soup either, I only have 3 recipes which work!
      If you would like it:

      small dribble of mild-flavoured olive oil, or sunflower
      1 med onion chopped
      8 oz potatoes in small dice
      1 large Iceberg lettuce, shredded
      (recipe says a few chives, but I don’t have any at present so didn’t bother)
      juice of half – 2 lemons (depending on size, juiciness and your liking for lemon)
      about 1.5 pints GOOD chicken stock (not too strong and no MSG)
      about half pint milk
      Sweat the onions gently in a large pan (lid on) – don’t brown them. Add diced potato and cook gently for a few minutes. Add lettuce (& chives if using) and pour over stock and lemon juice. Simmer gently until potato is soft. Liquidise very thoroughly, sieve as well if you like. When ready to use, add milk and balance seasoning.

      The less time the lettuce is cooked, the greener the soup remains and the fresher the lettuce tastes.

      I owe someone a citation, but can’t remember where I found the recipe, or if this is the original or a version I’ve tweaked.

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