Friday, 9 December 2016

Laverbread vegie soup

Have you ever wondered what miso soup might taste like if it was invented in Wales?  No?  Nor I.  But if you did, I think I might have an answer in this soup that I made for dinner last week using Welsh laverbread.   

After opening my tin of laverbread for a nut roast I wanted to make sure I used the rest.  After all, this laverbread is a rare delicacy that I was lucky to be sent  from Wales by Shaheen.  I didn't want it to go off.  Initially I had an idea I would make potato patties with the laverbread (which is like a seaweed paste).  Then it just seemed practical to make soup.

It is always practical to make soup because I often buy vegies with great hope.  Yet sometimes the crisper drawer of the fridge looks sad with neglect.  And the only thing to do is throw the vegies inot a soup or stew.  As many of my soups do, this one borders on a stew because it was quite packed.  But it was watery enough that I call it a soup. 

The laverbread gave a lovely depth of flavour.  I am still a bit wary of laverbread and again was very relieved that it made the soup so good.  I also loved it being packed with vegies and beans.  It was a very satisfying soup to eat.  We both went back for seconds and on the following night I ate the leftovers myself and found something else for E to eat for tea when he came home later.  (Ssshhh don't tell him!)  I justified this because I thought it was like a Welsh version of miso soup.  And E is not so keen on miso soup.

Thanks again to the lovely Shaheen of Allotment 2 Kitchen for sending this my way.  She has lots of laverbread recipes if you are lucky enough to have a tin.  (Check out my nut roast post if you want to see photos of laverbread in the tin.)  I had thought to put a list of other Welsh recipes at the end of this post but then I found that I have very few Welsh-inspired recipes.  Which is shameful, as my great grandfather come to Australia from Wales. Watch this space.

I am sending this soup to Allotment 2 Kitchen and The VegHog for Eat Your Greens, to Rock My Vegan Socks and VNutrition for Healthy Vegan Fridays, and to Vegetarian Mamma for Gluten Free Fridays.

More broth-based soups from Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Chickpea and spinach soup (with noodles) (gf, v)
Chunky beetroot soup with kidney beans (gf)
Japanese-style pumpkin, sprouts and tofu soup (gf, v)
Miso soup with tofu, vegetables and noodles (v)
Tricken rice soup with celeriac (gf, v)
Wanton dumplings in ginger broth (v)

Laverbread vegie soup
An original Green Gourmet Giraffe recipe
Serves 3-4

1-2 tsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 carrots, diced
2 cups purple cabbage, diced
3 cup boiling water
400g tin cannelini beans, rinsed and drained
1 potato, finely chopped
1/4 cup laverbread (Welsh seaweed puree)
1/2 tsp mustard powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp stock powder
1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp flaked salt
1 bunch asparagus
handful of spinach

Fry onion in oil in large saucepan for 5 minutes over medium heat.  Add carrots and fry an additional 5 minutes.  Add cabbage and cook another 5 minutes.  Add boiling water, potato, laverbread, mustard powder, smoked paprika, stock powder, worcestershire sauce and salt.  Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 to 20 minutes until vegies have softened.  (I cooked it for 10 minutes and left it a few hours.)  Stir in asparagus and spinach and gently cook for another few minutes. 

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  1. I wish I made soup more often. Perhaps I need to take a leaf out of your book and over-purchase veggies so I am forced to do so! This Welsh twist looks delicious and a great way to use your laverbread.

    1. Thanks Kari - I sometimes feel I make soup too often but it does help clear the fridge.

  2. This looks like a nice hearty vege soup. I am not sure about the laverbread, but if I come across some, I will try it out of curiosity.

    1. Thanks Cakelaw - I would be interested to try the laverbread more - but it was so different to how I expected that I am sure now I have used it I would probably have to rethink all my previous ideas

  3. Nice recipe full of veggies, thank you for sharing with Eat Your Greens! I haven't tried laverbread yet, but it seems fascinating.

    1. Thanks VegHog - I am sure this recipe could be tweaked to work without the laverbread by adding a bit more seasoning but it did add interesting flavour

  4. Ah what a fantastic opening question - what miso soup might taste like if it was invented in Wales? Yes what if :)
    I had never thought about it, but now you have put the seed in my head and I may have a go come next year, still I love your version of Laverbread Soup and would love a bowl of it now. I am so happy you have made the most of the Laverbread and in do so, inspired me further - that is one of the things I love about you - you inspire me in my kitchen - Yes I too am still wary of laverbread, so enjoy it in small bouts.
    I do remember you telling me once that your Great GranPa was from Wales.
    Have a super w/e

    1. Thanks Shaheen - I would have loved to share a bowl of my laverbread soup with you as a thanks for the kindness in sharing your traditional laverbread. Ditto for your blog with the inspiration. And I am comforted that you are too a bit wary of laverbread - you always seem so at home with it and to have made so many interesting dishes with it. Thanks again for the laverbread - it has been fun to use and explore

  5. I haven't had laverbread before so I'd be interested to try it. I do love hearty soups and this one looks like it's packed with flavour. And yes, a great way to use up what's in the vegetable crisper xx

    1. Thanks Charlie - my vegetable crisper is still calling out for soup - thank goodness I love hearty soups too :-)

  6. How kind of Shaheen to send you some laverbread and what a lovely way to use it. Your soup looks so healthy and wholesome. I could eat it all! Very inviting! x

  7. Taste wise - I think the soup was a better thought than the potato patties. I enjoy seaweed-y like things in my soup personally. I love that you added beans and greens to this too, making it extra hearty. Sounds very comforting =)
    Thank you so much for sharing at Healthy Vegan Fridays Johanna! I'm pinning & sharing.


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