You could be forgiven for thinking that the picture with frozen veg in it looked like something that should have hit the bin as soon as it emerged from the freezer. A chowder recipe was far from my mind as I raked the freezer for instant food.
Coming home from holiday, going shopping was the last thing on my mind, but there wasn’t anything fresh in the house. The kids had eaten at Maccy D’s and others far too often over the last fortnight and I couldn’t be bothered to drive anywhere. I made this up on the spot, and I was surprised how popular it was, considering how unappetising it looked when it hit the pot on top of the stove.
From the depths of the big freezer in the garage, out came some frozen mixed veg, frozen leeks, frozen onions, frozen peas and frozen cauliflower. I imagine fresh would do just as nicely, but for this recipe, it’s an emergency meal in a bowl.
The idea of chowder is really to have just a very thick soup, so it’s both warming and filling.
My heart was in my mouth when I first served it up, but the kids came back for seconds and even thirds. I think a version of chowder will be in the Scottish Mum house a few times a year now.