Its been a hectic few weeks most of which I was not home. It was June tour for Supanova and I headed off to Sydney and Perth to join the fun.

This was my first Perth Supanova and it was great to see how they do it. Bonus I got to stay really close to the convention centre so I didn’t have to get up to early to get there.

I had a great time catching up with old friends and making some new ones. I got to try some cool places to eat in both cities and I got the cutest and softest Squirtle plusshie.  I also had a chance to catch up with some family in Sydney and spent half a day in Perth with a fellow foodie friend and her cute toddler.

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I do enjoy traveling but it was also wonderful to come home.  The only problem? Brisbane got cold while I was away. (though I know Sydney has also gotten colder after I left).

Winter has definitely set in. My new electric blanket is getting a work out and my beanie and scarf collections have been pulled from the back of the cupboard.  Its time to pull out the hearty recipes to warm you from the inside.

For me that means soups and stews.

This week I have my easy veggie soup to help warm you up. This one came around one day in an effort to make dinner one week when we had very little food left in the house. I managed to rustle up a bag of frozen stir fry veg and a tin of cannelloni beans and managed to work them into this soup. The colour and flavour of the veg will change slightly depending on the mixed veg you use but you can use whatever you have on hand.

Easy Veggie Soup

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500g  Frozen mixed veg

1 tin Chick peas, cannelloni beans or mixed beans

2 cups boiling water

2 stock cubes

1 packet instant miso

1 tbs soy sauce

Place Frozen veg, chickpeas (or beans) and water in pot. Water should just be covering the veg.

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Turn on heat to low. Add stock cubes, miso and soy sauce and stir through until all dissolved.

Turn up the heat and bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 15-30 mins (at least until veg is soft)

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Using a stick blender, blend together until the soup reaches desired consistency.

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Serve hot with some bread or allow to cool and store in the fridge or freezer for later.