Last week I attended a really fun blogging event in London with Oxo and chef Dean Edwards (of ‘Masterchef’ and ‘ITV’s Lorraine’ fame). Along with a couple of my lovely blogging friends and some other bloggers we heard more about the Oxo brand, using leftovers to make meals, as well as making three different soups whilst the DJ played some tunes.
In the UK 4.2 million tonnes of avoidable food and drink is wasted each year, which is costing households around £470 each year. Oxo is therefore encouraging us to start “souping up” our unwanted veggies with it’s new flavour packed and easy-to-use Stock Pots.
The Oxo Stock Pots are little portions of concentrated stock, that add depth and richness to meals and lift the flavour. They are perfect for making quick and easy soups with, along with those wilted veggies that usually end up getting thrown away. They are also brilliant for adding to meals like risottos, and one-pot dishes like stews.
They are available in three flavours; Rich Beef with Onion and Rosemary, Succulent Chicken with Garlic and Thyme, and Garden Vegetables with Parsley and Bay.
Oxo have teamed up with Dean Edwards to help make souping simple. Dean says “I’m a firm believer that with just a little imagination, even the most basic ingredients can become something delicious.”
So that’s what we did – made three very simple and tasty soups with only a few ingredients, including the Oxo Stock Pots.
The soups we made were:
Carrot and Beetroot
Quick French Onion
Spicy Butternut Squash
They were all nice, but I particularly liked the Spicy Butternut Squash soup as it was thick and really tasty and I love Butternut Squash. I’m not a massive cook (although I’d like to be), but making these simple soups and seeing them turn out well, with minimal ingredients, has really inspired me to experiment a bit with different flavours and whatever leftover or slightly saggy looking veg we have and see how it turns out. I will definitely try to make these soups again whilst it is still freezing cold.
We also got to have a peek inside the ‘Saturday Kitchen’ studio, which was pretty cool!
It was a really fun event and I’m really looking forward to trying more recipes from ‘The Oxo Cookbook’ that we were lucky enough to be given.
Thanks so much to Oxo for inviting me.