Category Archives: Soups

Winter Soup Warmth

We are well and truly in the middle of a cold winter and what better way to feel warm than with a big bowl of hearty soup!

I grew up in a time where most kids grew up with stay-at-home mothers. I have fond childhood memories of my Mum cooking soup on the stove for hours on end. She would painstakingly make her stock first and then simmer her soup ingredients to create a huge vat of hearty goodness. The process of making soup was a whole day event.

Today, things have changed. I am a part-time working Mum of one and have many friends that are working mothers as well. We have to work in order to meet the financial demand of high cost of living and the fear of losing our place in the workforce. Coming home from the end of a long day, doing the childcare pickup, feed time, bath time, story time…who wants to cook dinner, let alone soup???

I love soup as it not only evokes happy memories but because it’s cheap! We are in a time where the cost of living is ever-increasing. We need to find ways of reducing our grocery bill with cheaper or fewer ingredients. I find that removing processed food from my shopping trolley aids in keeping the final cost low. So instead of reaching for store-bought ready-made soups try making a quick and easy Potato and Leek Soup.  Serve it with crusty bread or toasted crumpets for a filling meal. Leftovers (if any) can be frozen for a quick meal later on.

Potato and Leek Soup

Potato and Leek Soup

This soup can be on the table from start to finish in as little as 30 minutes! It is cheap as it only has 5-6 ingredients, most of which as fridge and pantry staples. For ease and convenience I like to use powdered stock. I find it much cheaper and less bulky than other premade stocks available at the supermarket. In saying that, I do make my own stock when time permits and I store in it the freezer for future use.

I am also undertaking a “Soup Swap” with a few of my friends next week. This is where we each make one variety of soup. We meet up together with our soup divided into four disposable containers and swap varieties between us. This way we each get to try something different that we may not necessarily cook ourselves and mid-week dinners are a breeze with homemade soup on hand in the freezer. I will tell you how we go in a few weeks. Try it with your friends before winter ends.

Happy Cooking



Super quick and simple Potato & Leek Soup

This soup is so quick and easy, it can be done as a weeknight dinner.


  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 1 Leek, finely sliced
  • 1 Brown Onion, finely sliced
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, crushed
  • 3 Potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 litre of premade Vegetable Stock (i use Vegeta Powdered Stock)


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Cook onion until soft and translucent  (without colouring), stirring regularly to prevent sticking. 20150621_191910
  3. Add sliced leek to pan and cook until softened, approximately 5mins. Stirring regularly.
  4. Add crushed garlic and stir for 1 minute.
  5. Add stock to saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Increase heat, add diced potato and allow to boil until potato has softened.
  7. Remove soup from heat and allow time to cool slightly.
  8. Blend until smooth.

If your soup is too thin, return it to the stove with more diced potato. Boil again until potato is cooked. Blend again until smooth.

If your soup is too thick, thin it down with extra stock, water or cream.