If I’d realised I’d have written this post yesterday, and titled it “2,500”, which would have been neater. Like so much of my life it was a missed opportunity.
We had Cauliflower and Leek Soup tonight. It was not my finest soup, but not my worst either.
It featured all the white bits that were fit to eat (and a few greyish bits if I’m honest) and a couple of failing leeks. It was a definite rescue soup, using bits that had slipped through stock control. Roast the veg, boil it up with a stock cube. Reduce it to a velvety consistency by skilful application of a hand blender, add pepper, allspice and lime juice and it’s done. Allspice and lime juice, I hear you cry . . . The truth is that I wanted nutmeg or cumin and lemon juice, but sometimes you just don’t have the right stuff to hand.
Tomorrow I am going to use the last of the Stilton to make Cauliflower and Stilton soup. I may add kale too. It’s good for you. Later in the week I will produce a green soup using cauliflower leaves and the massive stalk that came with this week’s shopping. If I’d been packing my own shopping I would never have selected one with such a big stem.
Apart from that, I got my copies of the Haibun Journal today, after lengthy postal delays. Yes, I have one in there, that why I’m mentioning it. IT’s nice to be seen in good company and I always feel better for seeing myself rub shoulders with some of the big names in haibun writing. It’s not on-line so I can’t add a link. I also have a haiku in Wales Haiku Journal, which is good, but I always feel three lines isn’t as good as a haibun, despite being harder. It is online but I am about 104 poems down, so it’s a bit of a slog.
So, 2,501 posts written, cauliflower soup made and two more pieces published. What more could a man want? Apart from cake, but I’m not allowed cake . . .
I’m fairly sure that’s nettle soup in the picture, but it was the first soup picture I came to.
The final picture is a medal I put on eBay today – as far as I can tell it’s a medal for the volunteers who helped at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. It’s quite big, as you can see and weighs in at 217g (or near enough 7 ounces for those of you who still work the old way. It’s quite impressive. The design is a stylised athlete vaulting the Olympic logo.
Lovely poem! Congratulations on two more publications! And I am very impressed with all of the vegetable soups. You go, boy!
Thank you. I’m going to start having soup for lunch a couple of times a week to cut down on bread and fruit. I bought chillis and ginger this week to ensure it has flavour! 🙂
Congratulations on the publications, Quercus!
Nettle soup is good. You seem to make soup the way I do, mostly whatever needs using up that day. 🙂
I must admit I was in my forties before I realised you could make soup by planning and buying ingredients. 🙂
Nice milestone! And yay for two more poems published! I like the way you use up all the bits of the cauliflower.
I’m going to make more effort in the kitchen – it’s a cheap hobby. 🙂
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Congrats on using up the leeks…I’ll wait to see if you notice 3000 right away…
Congrats on the publications – I had to look up fireweed, which I had thought was willow herb
Thank you Derrick.
I think that fireweed is willowherb too.
Me too. I used fireweed instead of rosebay willow herb because it saves three syllables.
Sometimes I surprise myself . . .