Saturday, April 17, 2010

Vegetable Soup with Bacon Bones - AND A NEW KITCHEN!!!

The Kitchen is complete!!  It took a while and quite a bit of stuffing around, a replacement bench top because the one they originally installed was cracked, and the tiler having to come back several times but it is done!  The walls need a bit of paint and there's a hole where the old exhaust fan was but one of Jared's mates is doing that for us next week.  I've never loved being in the kitchen so much.  It's all mine!

Below are the before and after pictures.

So it has been a very boozy few weeks.  We have had birthdays and bucks shows and farewells, we went to Tasmania for four days over Easter to visit Jared's dad; and today we have a wedding.  So last weekend I decided to make a huge pot of vegetable soup so Jared and Jay could fill up on nutrients before heading off to a bucks show and a fourth evening of drinking.  Jared taught me that the secret to a great vegetable soup is to use bacon bones.  You just drop two of them in, cook it all for a few hours and at the end the meat shreds off the bone and you leave it in the soup.  It creates such a comforting, smoky flavour.  Pure bliss.  We polished this soup off over a few days with crusty bread and butter.

All veg diced finely:
2 potatoes
1 sweet potato
2 carrots
3 sticks celery
1 onion
1 clove garlic
1 turnip
2 parsnips
1/2 cabbage
1 zucchini
1 head brocolli
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 large container vegetable stock
1 large container chicken consomme
2 bacon bones

Fry the onion and garlic off in some olive oil.  Once soft, add the rest of the vegetables.  Fry off until they begin to collapse and soften.  Add the stocks and 2 bacon bones.  Cover with a lid and simmer on low for at least four hours.  Season to taste and serve with crusty bread.



  1. Nice kitchen...very bright, and clean.

  2. HI, Elizabeth!
    GORGEOUS kitchen! What a fun project, and what a transformation! Good for you! The soup looks deadly - but, bacon bones? Do you mean smoked pork hocks, or smoked rib bones?... or bacon rind? Never heard of bacon bones - and, would venture to guess there is no such thing as bacon is made from the pork belly... but, you have me curious!
    And... what is a buck show?
    A short post - but lots of questions. That's a good thing. Hope you enjoyed the wedding!

  3. PS - you should have read The Fat Duck post.... it the best post I have ever written.

  4. Hi Elizabeth and Jared, this soup looks wonderful. I love that it has so much healthful vegetable in it and then just a touch of bacon flavor and salt/pepper for flavoring-nice! By the way, your kitchen looks so much brighter (a more clean look for sure)...

  5. Hi Valerie, Bacon bones are the left over bits of meat after a pig is cut up I guess. They arent the classiest looking cut of meat. The only other thing I could think to use them for is for a dog to knaw on. And a bucks show is a stag night. Thanks for your kind comment and I will check out the Fat Duck Post.

  6. congrats on the new kitchen - that soup sounds delish!

  7. I hope you are enjoying your new kitchen. It looks so bright and cheery. A perfect place to create some incredible dishes.
    I haven't come across bacon bones before but the soup looks so hearty and warming.

  8. Nice new kitchen! Great job.

    That soup looks really good and comforting!



  9. Oh i love your new kitchen! I can't wait to give an extreme makeover to my 24 years old kitchen!

  10. When I bought my house through costa rica homes for sale
    I expected to have a big stove in the kitchen with a huge space, now I am really happy because I can cook every kind of recipe in my huge stove. I really love it.

  11. Hi Sue from England,

    Use rib bones either green (in England this means cured) or smoked. Bring to boil adding a few onions and a bay leaf. Reduce heat and cook till meat begins to fall off the bones. Allow to cool and skim off the white fat froth (not the brown scum as this is protien and is very good for you). Then add all your veg however you like it. Add seasoning and parsley.When cooked you can liquidise of eat chunky with crusty bread. |I always add potatoes to this to act as a great thickner.) Bon Appetite

  12. Mmm delicious! Soup isn't soup without crusty bread! Thanks so much. X