Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Woodstove Cooking: Simple Soup Supper

Last week I was alone at the float cabin. I don't like cooking for one, so a simple homemade soup seemed to fit the bill. Wayne left some roast beef in the fridge (he does cook for one) and I always have a few root veggies on hand. With a few fresh 'shrooms I grabbed in town, I had all the fixin's needed.

Simple Vegetable Beef Soup

2 cups water
1 packet beef bullion
1/2 cup diced roast beef
1 carrot course chopped
1 small potato course chopped
1/4 onion course chopped
2 mushrooms sliced
1 cup fresh Swiss chard
salt and pepper to taste
seasonings to taste
(my herb blend is called Margy's Mix)
sprinkle with Parmesan cheese before serving

As you can see, my wood stove gets lots of action. In addition to my pot of soup, you can see the ubiquitous two pans of water heating, my red coffee pot, and an old coffee pot used for water. We drink our lake water, but boil it first. A hot wood stove can get it all done at no extra cost. Whether you are at home in the city, or at a remote cabin, a simple soup supper is a tasty end to a cold winter day. -- Margy


  1. Good for you! We anticipate a storm, had a big errand this a.m. in town, and I built a stew in the crock pot. It smells soooo good!

  2. That's for sure...loves my dads make them alot...easy, cheap and economical!

  3. The sight of that stove makes me so nostalgic, Margy. My husband is opposed to the idea, but I think he's just opposed to chopping wood, and he knows I can't do it any more. LOL
    Homemade soup for supper - yum!
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  4. Soup is always in my menu. Even in my house, during lunch and in dinner, I prepared soup always.

  5. There is no comfort food quite like a pot of soup! I was looking at the photo of the pot on your wood stove and it occurs to me that we could very likely do the same thing.

    We have a wood stove in our lower level family room and I'll just bet we could actually cook on it if we had to! I love that idea!

  6. I agree, there is no comfort food like a pot of soup. When I got back to Bellingham I made a rolled roast in the crockpot. After I took it out to serve there were lots of tasty juices left in the bottom. I used them as a stock for vegetable beef and noodle soup. After dinner I shredded lots of beef to add to the mix. Yummy! - Margy


We welcome your comments and questions. - Wayne and Margy