Soup to see me through highveld winters

Is highveld one word or two? What is highveld you ask? Well, it’s what people over 30 call JHB thanks to a radio show – maybe that’s because of where it is located geographically, probably the latter.

So, I became the ultimate adult recently when I made a pot of (surprisingly) good vegetable soup. I’m not kidding either – Mr. Pants was ultra impressed with my efforts too, which is saying a lot because he’s 9-years old and into vegetables. I know what you’re thinking, parenting win, right? Yes, but not blogger win because I didn’t document the process with photos as usual.

I know, I’m hopeful that I get better at this being a tech savvy blogger too, so for now all I can offer is the recipe and possibly a few cleverly stolen GIFs.


  • 1 bag of carrots – grated
  • 1 bunch of celery – finely chopped
  • 1 whole bunch of spinach – finely chopped
  • 1 tin of whole tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup of barley
  • 500g of fried beef shin
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped butternut
  • 2 liters of water
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 1 whole onion


How to

Now that we’ve established that I’m no Martha Steward when it comes to writing recipes, the how-to is super simple.

Chuck the whole lot into a slow cooker and get on with your day.  I added salt and pepper to taste, but literally just added everything to my really old slow cooker and let it do all the work for me.

With the exception of frying the beef shin myself before hand.

It took all day to cook and as someone who hates vegetable soup, I had two bowls that night and then for lunch and a snack the next day.

What I thought would happen

It was a hit and Pants thoroughly enjoyed it too! I’m making pea soup next, which I really really like actually. It’s so hearty and delicious!

Share your best soup recipes with me too! I love a good culinary challenge!

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Until next time.


1 thought on “Soup to see me through highveld winters”

  1. Love soup! Any soup! I love how we call it vegetable soup, and yet put meat in it (we do it too) 😀
    We often make Cauliflower, Broccoli and cheese soup – with chicken stock base and cream added afterwards. Can add a bit of milk or water if more liquid is required. Make sure to blitz it with a blender to incorporate the cheese well – makes it super creamy! Season with salt and nutmeg. (all quantities is really a matter of what you have and however much you want to put in)

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