Hodge Podge

by deb
( a missing nova scotian!)

While down east this past summer, I came across this favorite at a few places. It is very simple and apparently a mainstay in the valley. It's basically a vegetable stew, made when all the vegies are ready in the garden.

It's very very tasty!


1 cup fresh green beans, trimmed and snapped
1 cup fresh wax beans, trimmed and snapped
1 cup diced carrot
1 cup diced turnip
2 cups cubed new potatoes
6 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup heavy cream (optional)
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 cup water


1. Place the green beans, wax beans, carrots and turnips into a saucepan and add enough water to cover the vegetables. Lightly salt the water, and bring to a boil. Cook for about 1/2 hour, then add the potatoes and cook for another 1/2 hour. Stir in butter and if desired, cream.

2.Mix together the flour and 1/2 cup water, and pour into the soup. Cook for a few more minutes to thicken. Remove from heat and serve hot.

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