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Lazy Monday

A Monday off, a lazy day.

Mother Nature can’t make up her mind today, 

Brilliant sunshine followed with blizzards,

snow filling our view outside

Then the sunshine returns and the snow that fell, blows,

drifting filling the driveway and then blowing away.


Our wind-chimes are singing, the notes clear and pure.

I don’t recognize the song, though I am sure I have heard it before.

We are relaxing today, the weekend was busy.

Today is an inside day, for the most part. 


Aimee and I made lunch, it seemed a feast. Jill watched.

She is determined to, as she says, cook like us.

She just gets so annoyed that we don’t have recipes.

So she takes notes now.


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Barley Soup


It sticks to your tummy and makes you smile.

I can’t go far from the encampment in the living room before the bell rings… I am not sure where Aimee got that bell but… oh well… So it is a cooking day for me. That darn bell sure seems to ring a lot though….

I did have a Doctor over today and she gave them antibiotics and vitamin D and vitamin C shots. That will straighten them out. I didn’t want to bundle them up and take them out, it is cold and windy… and I knew they would not go, so I snuck in a Doctor,  they couldn’t exactly say they were not feeling sick when she arrived, all covered in their blankies ringing that darn bell... So She didn’t have to insist much. High five to me. 🙂

I am making a tomato veggie juice, sort of like V8 but it is more like V15 and tastes so much better. French bran bread and beef barley soup.

Can you smell the kitchen?

I think I will make some cookies too. I don’t know what kind yet.

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Pumpkin soup

I was going to do a serious post today.. but decided to continue with pumpkins. What? they are all over, this is the time to do it. 

So, we are going to carve faces in them? OMG, no… well if you want.

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have a cold.. chicken soup.. so does it help?

ok, i am admitting defeat.. i have a cold.. i am even too tired to look for the cap key.

it is time for chicken soup. i dont know if it really helps, but for some reason we are craving it now. aimee said she would help. jill said she would eat it. megan just nodded.

i love soups, we make a lot of them. they are so easy, but i am going all out on this one, we will eat it all weekend.

are you ready?

mmmm soup read on, there’s more!


*giggles* yup I make my own soup too.  gawds to open a can of soup.. *makes a sour face* why would you do that?

Oh come on, soup is easy, I can make a soup just as fast as you open a tin and heat it. nope, I can, I have proven that often. *nods* and you know what, my soup is better! and I am modest. *pats myself on the back*

ok, so what is soup.. well it is hot water.. or cream.. *grins cause I love chowders and cream soups*..  (oh just run around the block more often and you can eat them too) and other stuff chopped up small. 

here, this is easy.. take a bit of water.. No I never measure or follow a recipe so don’t ask how much.. *points to the pot* that much, take a bunch of asparagus, it seems to be in season.. is that spring thing. (actually I take two pots of water, I cut off the bottoms .. you know the woody part and boil them in one pot, after a while I puree them and boil them more, then strain it off and keep the broth.. Put it in the other pot where your soup is.. )

take the asparagus and cut off a good part of the tips… put them aside for later, they don’t take as long to cook. 

chop the asparagus (the big parts) up small and put it in the pot. boil until very tender, a low heat with a lid is better. ( I usually add some white wine as well.. *this much*)

get a stick blender, they work so well, when it is very tender, puree it up nice and smooth. Then chop up the tops and add them, add a bit of butter too.. nods butter is my secret ingredient for soup…put in a few table spoons…  Hey *smacks your hand* I said butter, *puts the margarine away* gawds, pay attention. Then add some soup stock, veggie or chicken, no salt, use the powder soup stock as salt, then you get the flavour.  Pepper, nods that is good too, but not too much. 

you can now add some milk, how much? it depends on how much water you have and how much asparagus you have, add a bit and taste it. simmer it a bit. 

do you know how to make a rue?

oh oh….

ok, to cheat, put three table spoons of flour in a cup or bowl.. add some milk, shiesh.. maybe a cup.. you do insist on asking how much a lot don’t you? Now stir it as much as you can to mix them together, then pour it through a strainer into the soup so there will be no flour lumps. (if you see lumps in the strainer.. you didnt stir it very well.. *shakes my head*.. if there is a lot still in the strainer you may have to do that again) Heat it until it boils (not on high, you cook water on high, nothing else). Then take it off the heat. stir it the whole time slowly and a bit after it comes off the heat.

taste it, if it needs more salt add some soup stock.. now add some cream.. yup real cream… NOOOOO not the spray whipping cream.. omg.. *snatches the tin and gets real cream* if you are serving it right away, pour a bit of cream in the center of each bowl and take a knife and chop  through it in a fancy way, it will swirl and look pretty. 

how much to add? shrugs, I don’t know, I just do it, and taste it, if it needs more I put more in, but if you add too much you can’t take it out.

Asparagus is a gentle flavour, so don’t add onions and a lot of spices, or you will muddle it. Now you can add a bit of lemon, parsley, thyme, sage and other things, but first try it simple.