The Kitchen Alchemist: Onion and Potato Stew

April 30, Feast of St. Pius V.  (And historically St. Walpurgis's Eve, the night before May Day!)

"In which I try to make healthful, affordable, easy meals:
in other words, throwing together ingredients in hopes of creating gold."

A remnant from Lent.  I'd had a difficult time finding vegetable stock, out of which I make my staple fasting soups, but I did get some onion-flavored Oxo gravy granules.  It sounds sort of icky, but it's basically a bouillon cube all powdered up.

I started boiling potatoes without any real plan, then saw the onion gravy in the cupboard and added several spoonfuls of it in for flavor, until I liked the color and consistency in the water and the taste (I like it strong).  But I needed a little something else besides potatoes, and we didn't have any other vegetables in the house.  So I added your standard off-brand noodles from a bag and continued cooking until everything was soft and consistent.

You know what?  I really liked it, and so did Afon!  Very hearty and flavorful, and if you like the taste of onions, which I love, then it's a treat for the tongue as well as time-friendly.

Time // B

Ease // A+

Presentation // B+

Affordability // A-

Health // C+

Taste // A-

Not bad!  Health got the lowest rating because of white flour carbs, starchy potatoes and a near intravenous injection of sodium from the gravy granules.  Still vegan, though--hey!



  1. nice! love the pictures also!! :) blessed day to you!!

  2. Do you have a Tesco nearby? I still buy their store brand vegetable soup cubes and bring them home in just large enough quantities that I don't have to pay customs fees for them.

  3. And, BTW, if you see Cosmos by Sagan on your Amazon Affiliate order list... it was me. :D Jen's book reminded me that I wanted to read that with my kids!


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