Feeding bellies not bins|Carrot soup

This post was going to start out as just a quick carrot soup recipe, but has grown slightly from that which I had planned.

“Feeding bellies not bins” is the tag line for Elsie’s Pay As You Feel cafe, here in Northampton.

The staff at Elsie’s intercept perfectly edible food that the large supermarkets would otherwise bin.  This is then used to create delicious food in the cafe.  Any surplus food is then sold at their  ‘Give and Take’ boutique stall during cafe opening hours and on Saturday mornings between 10.00am and 12.00pm

On Saturday morning the children and I went along as I knew that they had a huge excess of parsnips, and I really wanted to make some soup.

While we were there we got about 4 kilos of parsnips, some potatoes, a bag of prepared salad and a packet of crumpets (which still had 5 days left).  All that was asked of us was a donation.  The kids loved popping the pound coins into the bucket. (All of this cost us £4, I’m not sure if that was too little or too much but I tried to gauge how much I would have spent in the supermarket.)

The joy of Elsie’s is that you can Pay As You Feel and that could be in cash, or in time volunteering for them.

So if you are interested in keeping perfectly good good out of landfill why not pop along?  It can be found on Brunswick Place in Northampton.  The details are all on Elsie’s Facebook page.

Anyway, back to the point of the blog post, my new carrot and parsnip soup recipe.

Here you go


8 small to medium carrots
8 medium parsnips
1 onion
70g butter
2 tsp garlic powder
1 vegetable stock cube
300mls water


Peel and chop the onion, carrots and parsnips.
Melt the butter and fry the onions and chopped vegetables until they start to caramelise.
Add the garlic powder, stock cube and water and cook until the vegetables are soft. ( I did this in the pressure cooker for 25 minutes.)
Blend and serve or refrigerate/ freeze for later.

Update:  this soup was so good that my husband even took some to work for his lunch.  This is unheard of!!!  The soup was sweet and nourishing and healthy to boot; It’s my new favourite.


Have a great day, Maria xxFacebooktwitterpinterest