Monday, 12 March 2012
... yesterday it was Spring... you don't have to take my word for it but all the signs were there... the vast bank daffodils at the front of the cottage, generously planted by a previous owner, are opening in all their golden, fried egg glory... the sun (remember him...?) shone all day... it was actually hot... the little birds are just so playful that their cacophony of song is almost too much to bare and The Viking and I finally spent a full eight hours in the garden... lots of tidying... seeding... moving stuff around... all glorious...
... today it was cold and grey and quite dull... but I had an idea to bring back a little taste of that wonderful Spring day... it's a very simple soup that took all of 20 minutes to create but it's that simplicity which makes this soup so phenomenally tasty... I promise that this will not only lift your spirits but it will make you feel a little healthier too...
green vegetable soup
1 medium onion - finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic - finely sliced
a large pinch of fresh thyme
1 tsp fennel seeds
2 bunches of watercress (or one of those salad packs)
a handful of fine green beans - chopped
2 stalks of celery - finely chopped (with leaves if possible)
a quarter savoy cabbage or spring greens - chopped
a cup of frozen garden peas
2 pints of good quality vegetable stock
- melt some butter and a little olive oil in a heavy soup pan
- add the onion, celery, garlic, thyme and fennel seeds and saute gently on a medium heat until the veg are beginning to soften and turn translucent
- add the rest of the veg, cover the pot and sweat the veg for 5 mins
- now add the stock and simmer for 15 mins then serve piping hot!
and here's a little reminder to watch me on TV... this Thursday... Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard - Channel 4 at 12:30pm...
...eat and of course, enjoy!