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:
- 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.
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.
4. A tin of coconut milk.
5. A pint of chicken stock and simmer until the lentils are soft (20 minutes).
6. Get out the magic whizzy wand and revel in the magnificence of that colour.
7. Seriously, revel a while longer. It’s grey out there. This takes me back to those divine October sunsets.
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.
9. I like it hot, with extra chilli paste. And rose petals, of course.
10. For ultimate chewy satisfaction, don’t forget the bread. The recipe for Granny Miller’s brown soda bread is here.
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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