Thursday, 11 February 2016

Budget fish soup and Knorr Soup Personality Quiz

I confess I have dreadfully overspent on presents at Christmas time.
When you are counting pennies, either after over-spending or on days before pay day, you're looking for ways of cooking something on a tight budget. In my student's days I often cooked soup from tinned fish. Some days just a big potato, an onion and a tin of fish would do. If you have a dried bay leaf and some peppercorns, then you're in for a really decent soup. And if you have some other vegetables available, it's almost a feast. I used to buy really inexpensive tins of fish (not in oil, but in spring water or brine).

Many supermarkets were running half price promotions in January, so I spent my limited budget on staples and got a couple of tins of pink salmon for cooking soup.

Budget fish soup
1 tin of salmon
1 red onion, finely chopped
1/2 green chilli, deseeded and sliced
1 celery stalk
2tbsp olive oil
1 tomato, chopped
1 cube Knorr fish stock
1 bay leaf
1 medium potato
2tbsp rice, basmati type

Fry the finely chopped onion and celery with the green chilli in the olive oil for 5 minutes, then add to the pan with tinned salmon and chopped tomato.the fish stock. Crumble the fish stock cube in. Add a bay leaf and sliced potato and a bit of rice. Simmer for 15 minites.
Serve hot, with some fresh herbs like coriander or parsley.
I often buy chicken or vegetable stock cubes or powder, but as I recently got a selection of Knorr stock cubes, I used a Fish stock cube in this soup. It added a more concentrated deeper fish flavour to the overall dish.

Recently Knorr has emailed me with a Knorr Soup Personality Quiz. If you fancy to have a go, here it is:

Which of the following are you most likely to be described as by your friends and family?
A. Extrovert and risk-taker
B. Kind, generous and helpful
C. Quiet, romantic and thoughtful
D. An ambitious, high-achiever

Which of the below activities do you enjoy the most?
A. High-adrenalin activities like bungee jumping, car racing, skiing etc.
B. Spending time with your family
C. Relaxing and peaceful activities such as reading or walking in nature
D. Socialising with friends

Which of the following aspects of life do you value most?
A. Going on adventures
B. Being appreciated and liked by others
C. Having time to yourself
D. Achieving your professional dreams

Which of the following best describes your character?
A. Fun and daring
B. Friendly and kind
C. Thoughtful and quiet
D. Successful and social

What is your best quality?
A. You’re always open to new experiences
B. You get on well with others
C. You put a lot of thought into what you do
D. You work hard to get what you want

Mostly As
You are fun, adventurous and open to new experiences. You are likely to have a daring, exciting and risk taking persona, enjoying thrill seeking activities like bungee jumping and riding a roller coaster. Your personality is best suited to hot, spicy soups like chilli con carne and spicy fish soup.
Mostly Bs
You are kind, friendly and get on well with others. You are likely to be described by your friends as generous, with strong family values and a preference for more peaceful activities like walking. Your personality is best suited to sweet soups like butternut squash and sweet potato soup.
Mostly Cs
You are quiet, romantic and thoughtful, and likely to be described as emotional by friends and family. You enjoy reading books in your spare time. Your personality is best suited to bitter soups like broccoli and stilton.
Mostly Ds
You are ambitious, social and a hard worker. You are likely to be described by those close to you as an ambitious go-getter who can sometimes be impatient – unsurprisingly you can often be found tucking in to your soup at your desk. Your personality is best suited to salty soups like pea and ham.

According to my answers, I got mostly Bs, and my soup is a butternut squash and sweet potato soup. And you know what? That's spot on. This is one of my most favourite soups, which I cook very often. I was surprised, as usually these amusing questionnaires never ring true.
Now, have a go and tell me which Soup personality you are.

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