When not sure what to cook, take a quick look in your fridge and improvise. My quick fridge scan discovered, more or less, appropriate ingredients for a nice Dutch erwtensoep. Erwtensoep is basically a pea stew with the addition of a sausage.
Improvised Cooking Ingredients
- 5 carrots
- 2 cans of peas (800 grams each)
- 2 red onions
- 1 tomato
- 1 random sausage (which contained a significant amount of garlic and black pepper)
- Spices (black pepper, red paprika, cumin, chilly, vegeta)
- Missing ingredients from the original recipe: leeks, potatoes and an original dutch sausage.
Preparation (20-30 mins)
- Pre-boiling the sliced carrots and put them on the side.
- Slice the onions and about 100 grams of the sausage, fry them on high heated oil for few minutes, add the spices as you see fit, add the carrots and the sliced tomato.
- Add the 2 cans of peas and keep mixing.
- Add water if you think it is too thick or squish some of the peas in the pot to dissolve some of the starch contained in the peas and thicken the stew.
Put the pot off the heated stove with its cap on for about 10 more minutes and that’s it, ready to serve in a bawl together with some fast baked ciabatta bread. For extra flavor you can sprinkle some more chilly on top and a dash of drinking yogurt. Oh yes, using this much ingredients is enough to more than satisfy 4-6 people and even have some leftovers. So you might want to adjust the amounts accordingly.