What are my requirements for a good travel recipe? I can hear you ask
or probably not.
It has to be healthy, easy, relatively quick and also (mostly) able to be cooked in a poorly equipped hostel kitchen.
Soup is great because it’s usually cheap and kind of easy to make – even the most inexperienced chef could give it a go and probably not burn down their hostel. The only problem is soup normally involves needing some kind of blender, and I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve not had the pleasure of staying in a hostel with a blender yet – of course there’s still time! Anyone stayed in a hostel with an amazing kitchen (please let me know)?
The amazing thing about this soup is that the only equipment it requires is a saucepan and a spoon. You can be really
lazy resourceful and not even use a bowl, simply eat it out of the pan – now I’m having flashbacks to my students day, ahhh good times.
Also this recipe is vegetarian and can be vegan if you use a non-dairy milk as I do. (I’ve used oat milk, almond milk and soy milk in the past – which have all worked great).
A quick word of warning, I don’t always do exact measurements especially when on the road, because again it’s unlikely you’ll be staying somewhere which has scales or cups to measure by. But I’ll include some, my advice if you have nothing to measure with is eye-ball it, or get an ‘average’ sized mug and use that as your cup measurement. (Not great I know, but we travellers have to make do).
Easy Mushroom Soup
Time: 15-20 mins
-A bunch of mushrooms, diced (not an accurate measurement I know, but around 12 decent sized mushrooms should do)
-A medium onion, diced (a normal onion works best, but I’ve also used a red onion when that’s all I’ve had and that works too)
-1 -2 cloves of garlic, crushed
-1/4 cup (4 TBSP) of flour (wholemeal flour or oat flour works as a great healthy alternative)
-1 cup of stock (if you don’t have stock, or can’t find any cheap just sub this for boiling water and make up for it with seasoning later)
-1 cup of milk
-Salt and pepper
-A bit of oil for frying
-Any other herbs / spice you can get your hands on in your hostel.
-Heat up your oil of choice in a medium pan (in a perfect world I’d use coconut oil, but just use whatever oil your hostel has- olive oil is great)
-Add the garlic, onion and mushrooms
-Fry until the onion ‘sweats’
look at me being all technical (this basically means until it goes translucent and releases water.)
-Add the flour and quickly add the stock and milk straight after. You may need to whisk the flour in, probably with a fork if you can’t find a whisk in the dirty depths of that hostel drawer.
-Bring to the boil, then allow to simmer for 15 – 20 mins whilst stirring at intervals (try not to get too distracted by the interesting people around you, if you don’t stir it may stick!)
-Take it off the heat when it’s reached the consistency you desire. If it’s too thick – add more water. If it’s too thin – add a little bit more flour.
-You are finished! Enjoy your delicious lunch / dinner / snack with some bread.
I told you that would be easy !