North East : Autumn / Winter Durham Soup

Thursday, 25 October 2012

The Wearmouth Bridge

The weather in the North East has been rather wintry the past week or so. I've already had my first cold of the season and not only is it dark when I head to work, it's dark when I head home from work too! So I've been trying to keep on top of my immune system and drinking lots of orange juice and taking my vitamin tablets.

North East Durham Soup

Eating healthy has been a big part of this too. I've made sure I have been getting lots of fruit for breakfast however I get a bit bored trying to squeeze extra vegetables into my meals. Last Sunday though I decided I was going to make my Nana's famous ham and vegetable traditional 'Durham Soup,' so headed into town to the market and picked up a whole load of fresh vegetables. I'm not sure if this is a North East thing or if my Nana just called it 'Durham Soup' but it is delicious.

This is the easiest stuff in the world to make. You will need:

  • Lots of your favourite veg 
  • A ham joint (this can be left out if you're vegetarian) 
  • Water  
  • Vegetable Stock 
  • Salt & Herbs
  • The secret ingridient

Pour the vegetable stock into a large saucepan. Add all the chopped vegetables and ham. Bring this up to the boil, then cover and reduce the heat. Next add the secret ingridient, two tablespoons of Granddad's beer! She used to swear this was the trick to making it taste amazing! Simmer for 20-30 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Test with the point of a sharp knife, to check. Finally serve with fresh herbs and a sprinkle of black pepper unless you're allergic like me!

And wollahhhh tasty soup to see you through the Wintry weather. It's great for taking to work in a flask too! Enjoy and if you decide to make some, make sure you let me know how it goes!


  1. Sounds delicious, soup is a fab way to get your five a day - I always make a big batch on a Sunday and then keep it in the fridge and have it through the week!

    1. It was indeed and you're right! Us too... I'm making some more now! x


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