Ruby Soup.

Storm Barney  lifted Charlie’s house clear off the ground, smashed the roof from it and, very efficiently, deposited the remains in the woodpile. Charlie, meanwhile, slept soundly on the upstairs landing.

Otherwise, I lost one terracotta pot and a night’s sleep. I’m grand.

It’s time to make soup.

I take great solace from the process of making soup. I find the chopping, simmering, sipping, seasoning dance to be soothing and satisfying in the extreme. The presentation, at 3 O’Clock, of a bowl of steaming soup to a tired and weather-beaten child seems to me the pinnacle of mothering. I should add that the kids love soup. I don’t just force it upon them for the sake of my ego! But I would if I had to.

The starting point of most of my soups is whichever vegetable Lidl has on special offer. I imagine that, following my demise, my children will gather to reflect on the bizarre soups they were offered due to Lidl’s special offers.

This week it was beetroot. The only thing I knew for sure was that this soup was going to turn out pink.

My morning, illustrated:

  1. Four onions, and two butternut squash roughly chopped, splashed with olive oil, sprinkled with salt and allowed to sweat on a low heat for half an hour.


2. Two cups of red split lentils, an inch of grated ginger, a teaspoon of nutmeg (it makes you happy) and a pinch of chilli flakes.IMG_7942

3. Vacuum-packed cooked beetroot. Look at that; it’s like gazing at hot coals. Hold your cold fingers up to the screen to warm them.IMG_7943

4. A tin of coconut milk.IMG_7944

5. A pint of chicken stock and simmer until the lentils are soft (20 minutes).IMG_7945

6. Get out the magic whizzy wand and revel in the magnificence of that colour. IMG_7946

7. Seriously, revel a while longer. It’s grey out there. This takes me back to those divine October sunsets.  IMG_7948

8. Yogurt, toasted squash seeds and parsley. I think that this would be spectacular on Christmas Eve. A cracker on the side and Bob’s your uncle.IMG_7949

9. I like it hot, with extra chilli paste. And rose petals, of course.IMG_7973

10. For ultimate chewy satisfaction, don’t forget the bread. The recipe for  Granny Miller’s brown soda bread is here.IMG_7930

PS. I’ve included this in Silverpebble’s wonderful, sanity-saving, ♥making winter♥ blog hop. If you need some extra sunshine read more here.

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8 thoughts on “Ruby Soup.

  1. I am absolutely not going to show this post to my children. They’d feel extremely short-changed by my ‘make yourself a sandwich’ yell from my desk… It sounds and looks like a very beautiful, delicious soup.

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    1. Lol. I did say that soup was the pinnacle! I regularly drop to ‘have a banana’ or sink to the abyss of ‘fancy a fig roll?’. I’m really bad at catering for the in-between meals which is why the soup-making makes me feel like Wonder Woman!


  2. That soup looks yummy! Shame I am the only one in our house that likes soup, I’d have it every day if I could. PS I received my cute santa hat earrings, thank you so much for the lovely card and please thank your daughter, they made my day.

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