Based on this recipe.

cost: £2 skill: easy serves: 4
would make again, the soup is a great way to use up veg and tastes like a nice thick chowder even though there’s no dairy.

ingredients:
SOUP
2 T butter or margarine
2 large potatoes, diced
1 medium onion, diced
2 C celery, finely sliced
1 C cabbage (preferably savoy) finely sliced
1/2 t salt
1/2 t freshly ground black pepper
2 C chicken stock
1 C water
2 C fresh spinach, finely sliced
1 T fresh thyme, chopped

BREAD
2 C wholemeal flour
1 C white flour
2 T yeast
2 t salt
2 C warm water
sea salt

method
SOUP
Turn slowcooker to high and add butter. Let melt while you prepare the vegetables. Layer in order the onion, celery, potatoes, and cabbage. Add salt and pepper to the chicken stock and pour over. Top up with water until the vegetables are just covered. Replace lid and let simmer for 2 hours. Add spinach and thyme and stir. Cook for an additional hour. When potatoes are tender, mash through the soup lightly with a fork in order to create a thicker soup, but leaving some potato chunks. If you happen to have instant mashed potato flakes on hand you can use these to thicken the soup instead.

BREAD
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours and salt. Fill a mug with 1C warm water and add the yeast and a pinch of the flour from the bowl. Let the yeast bubble for 15 minutes then add the mixture to the bowl. Mix and add the rest of the water a little bit at a time until it forms a soft, but not sticky dough. A drier dough will produce a finer texture. Cover with a damp towel and set aside to rise for 1-2 hours. Turn out onto a greased and floured baking sheet and form into a loaf. Allow to rise for another 30 min to 1 hour. Sprinkle over with a little water and then sea salt. Place a cake tin half full of water on the bottom rack of the oven and preheat to 375F. Bake for 25 minutes or until uniformly golden brown, making sure the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when you thump it.

Since this soup is actually quite light, we sliced the still-warm bread and toasted it with some ham and Blacksticks Blue cheese for a heartier meal. Nice with a pint of stout.

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