(sorry - a lot of this chapter has been lost. Can rebuild it if necessary)
The tools and some basic materials.
There is no limit here really. but certain tools are necessary, even if they are only a pan. a spoon and a cookere The following are a sufficiency:
a sharp knife
a chopping board
a wooden spoon
a potato masher
The following either make things easier •)r give a wider variety of possible results:
a blender/mixer means you can cream nearly trverything, which somehow gives a completely different character to the soups you make.
A frying pan would enable you to add things that were fried to a predominantly boiled soup I suppose that's wahat croutons are about.
A cheese grater is useful at the servina stage if cheese ~s to be added.