When the weather is chilly and I’m not in the mood to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, I like to make this soup. This is what we’d call in Afrikaans a “moer-bymekaar” meal – a direct translation of this saying is that you use random ingredients based on taste to make a meal. Even if we’re low on groceries I normally have everything I need at hand to make this meal. It’s not fancy but it sure is tasty! 😉
Here’s how to make this meal:
- In a pan heat olive oil and chop and fry one onion until brown
- Cut one potato and one carrot into pieces and steam until it’s soft
- Add the potato and carrot to the onions and fry for a few minutes
- Once you’re happy with your veggies, remove the pan from the stove
In a separate pot prepare the sauce. You will start off with a normal white sauce and add some flavour to it.
- Melt a spoon full of butter
- Once the butter is melted add one spoon of self raising flour and mix well until a paste is formed
- Add water (or milk) to the paste until you reach the desired thickness for your white sauce (I like my sauce quite thick)
- Add a teaspoon or two beef gravy powder to the white sauce and mix well
- I also added in some red tabasco sauce and chutney for extra flavour and you can add salt and pepper to taste
While the sauce is cooking, cut steak into little blocks (I used approximately 2 x 200g steaks). We like our steak quite rare and the meat have been marinating in a Worcester sauce mix for a couple of days so I did not fry the steak blocks but you can if you prefer. I added my veggies and steak blocks to the sauce and let it simmer for about 10 minutes (according to taste). I served the soup with buttered wholewheat bread to make it more filling.
Based on the quantities above we have some left-overs – enough for both myself and my fiancé to take to work for lunch tomorrow. I am a big fan of easy and quick meals and this is definitely one of them. If you have any easy-to-make meals please share them with me – I’m always keen to try out new recipes.