Early vegetarian cookbooks claimed that vegetable stock could be made from scraps of vegetables simmered, in the same way as meat/meat scraps are simmered, to make stock. It took me a ridiculously long time to figure out why these always tasted like overcooked vegetable water. Eventually, though, the light dawned and I came up with this. It's an acceptable substitute for chicken stock, which makes it possible to adapt soup, and other recipes which call for chicken stock, for vegetarians. It's just okay on its' own; better made into other recipes. Very quick and easy to make!