I had no idea who would be on board when we sailed Taleisin free of the boatshow. I just knew that our friends from Seraffyn had not had time to re-stock and would probably be cold and hungry after the buzz of setting sail into a fresh wind and blustery cold night. So I dug out an old cruisers special and in less than 20 minutes had a big pot of soup for 10 ready on board Taleisin. The secret? Instant cream of mushroom soup or cream of chicken soup, you know, the packets you pour in a cup then cover with boiling water.
In a big soup pot saute
2 diced onions
3 big cloves of elephant garlic or lots of regular garlic
as many sliced mushrooms as you have
a tsp sweet basil
Add chopped pieces of chicken breast or any chicken you may have plus small pieces of chopped garlic sausage and saute to taste. Add one packet of soup mix per person. Bring a kettle of water to the boil and add slowly stirring until soup is good and thick. Boil for about a minute and add salt and pepper to taste.
I heated lots of rolls in the oven, put out a spread of the cheeses Wayne and Norma brought from Seraffyn and we all warmed up and reminisced about the fun of sharing the previous week with so many keen sailors.