Maureen: Well, we have a number of problems with this recipe, right out of the gate.
Andrew (12): Like what?
Maureen: Well, Hugh wants us to go into our garden and pick our own vegetables for this.
Nicholas (8): But we don’t have a garden!
Andrew: And it’s winter! Even if we had a garden, we wouldn’t be able to go out and pick any of them.
Maureen: Precisely. However, I visited the boys at The Creaky Shed and picked out the vegetables from there. Do you think that counts?
Maureen: Hugh also advises that we should make the vegetable prep a family event. He wants us to gather around our picnic table and each of us prepare a vegetable.
Andrew: Well, that would be a problem, since it’s winter. As already discussed.
Maureen: It’s a nice idea, but I couldn’t see it happening, even in the summer. I think I could find more fun family events than cutting up vegetables.
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Nicholas (8): I’ve got one thing to say. In the event of an earthquake, if you had these vegetables, it would be the only thing that survived.
Maureen: I don’t understand what you’re talking about. It’s delicious. I love it.
Andrew (11): It seems to be missing something. I’ve got another comment about the Jamie Oliver prunes dessert.
Maureen: But we’re talking about the soup!
Andrew (undeterred): The prunes were good for only one thing and that was to clean out the sewers.
Maureen: Back to the soup. This is really nice. There’s nothing weird in it. It’s not spicy. It’s just yummy vegetables made into a soup. I’m not asking you to love it. I’m asking you to eat it. (The boys begin to eat it) Is it growing on you?
Andrew: Yes, actually.
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Maureen: Since it’s Dad’s birthday, we’re having beef wellington, since that’s what he wanted. But we’re also having potatoes, asparagus and carrots from the Leon 2 cookbook. What do you think?
Nicholas (7): I loved the asparagus! I even had seconds. But everything else is “in the middle.”
Andrew (11): I liked the asparagus, too, but not as much as Nicholas. The potatoes were OK. I didn’t like the carrots.
Tim (aka Birthday Boy): How did the potatoes get so much liquid?
Maureen: That’s the chicken stock that you cook it in. What do you think?
Tim: I’m in the middle too. I like my roast potatoes more crispy and these are way more soupy than I prefer.
Maureen: They’re very healthy, though. There’s no butter, and very little olive oil.
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Time Taken: 40′ 11″
If you’d like to see if you can beat my time, a copy of the recipe is on the Daily Mail site. Click here.
Maureen: Tonight’s menu is chosen by Andrew! What do you think?
Andrew: It’s good.
Maureen: What do you like about it?
Andrew: The fact that it’s basic.
Maureen: It’s not that basic. It took 40 minutes.
Tim: Look at that. The cucumbers, which required no cooking at all, were the first to go.
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