Vegetable Stock/Caldo De Vegetales

A stock is the basis of any meal and should be use to bring out the flavour of the meals  ingredients.

INGREDIENTS

Half a Swede chopped

Half a Celeriac chopped

2 Parsnips chopped

1 Tablespoon of Yeast Powder/Marmite(Optional)
3 Carrots chopped
2 Bulbs of Fennel sliced
3 Stalks of Celery chopped
1 Onion chopped
2 Teaspoons of Sage, Thyme, and Marjoram
2 Cloves of Garlic
2 Bay Leaves
Salt to taste
Black Pepper to taste
Vegetable Oil
1 Litre of water

METHOD

Chop, wash and prepare the vegetables. Fry the vegetables, on a moderate heat for 10 minutes, adding the herbs to the pot and salt and black pepper, and any other seasoning. Add the water and let the pot boil for 20 minutes. Check on the pot occasionally, to avoid spillage.
Turn down the pot after this time and leave to simmer for one hour.

After an hour, and when the stock has reduced by half;  Check for seasoning, add as necessary, and strain the liquid into a container/bowl. Skim any excess fat and allow to cool. Use as and when needed.

* You can use this stock as an instant gravy.. Simply add cornflour dissolved in a little water and add to hot stock, whisking the liquid until the sauce has thickened.

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