Day 50

What a nice round number. You can almost imagine Number 50 wearing a waistcoat and a watch chain, can’t you? Or maybe that’s just me.

I had a go at celery soup today, as I have been threatening for weeks. I got the celery out and searched for a potato . . .

There are none. My attempt to reduce carbs and wrinkly veg has left us with no spuds. That’s why the soup is very orange. In the end I didn’t use celery, because in my search for potatoes I found several bags of carrots. I decided that carrot and ginger soup sounded nice, and the celery plan was, once more, put on hold.

In went half a leek (I had one hanging about and couldn’t be bothered to peel an onion). Then the end of a bag of carrots, garlic paste, stock cube, some swede to take some of the sweetness out of the carrots, and some ginger. Not enough ginger, as it turns out, as you can’t actually taste it. Maybe I should have gone with the thyme. The only thing that stopped me was fear of overkill but now, on looking it up, I find there are recipes for carrot, ginger and thyme soup. Presumably these were written by people like me who throw stuff at a pot and seek to justify it later. I really ought to take a more serious attitude to soup and start with a recipe instead of a pile of random ingredients.

However, as random as my soup is, it still has a long way to go before it becomes as bizarre as some of these soups.

The soup in the header picture is a swede, carrot and parsnip soup. Not the restrained colour. Now look at the one below, which is today’s soup.

Carrot & Ginger Soup

Carrot & Ginger Soup

28 thoughts on “Day 50

  1. Helen

    Yes, I find pure carrot soup a bit sweet, too. However, I was given a carrot and lentil soup which tones down the sweetness a lot.

    I think I make celery soup without potatoes but then it is a while since I’ve made any, so could be mistaken.

      1. Helen

        Well, if you like both, it should be fine. Incidentally, the recipe I was given had a greater ratio of carrots to lentils and there was no onion, but I did put an onion in after roasting it.

  2. Clare Pooley

    Richard is the soup-maker in our house and he usually uses whatever ingredients we have in the cupboard and never follows a recipe. He’s had a few disasters but not recently. Both of your soups look absolutely fine.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      πŸ™‚ I always try for a nice colour as it always seems to taste nicer. The ones that look like they have been dredged from the bottom of a swamp still taste good, but make me feel less enthusiastic.

      Are you all keeping well?

      1. Clare Pooley

        Thank you, Simon. Yes we are all well though somewhat weary and anxious all the time as most people are, I think. I am pleased you are recovering well from your illness.

      2. quercuscommunity Post author

        Thank you, I don’t go in shops (apart from the one where I work) and am waiting to be given a date for my fourth vaccination, apar from that – no worries. Number One son has been looking at houses in Norfolk and complains it is very dull compared to Leeds. He sees that as a disadvantage . . . πŸ™‚

      3. quercuscommunity Post author

        πŸ™‚ Yes, he will. I moved into Nottingham and, apart from proximity to medical care, have made very little use of city facilities over the years. Now that I have formed a plan to move, I am afraid the logistics seem more daunting thgan I had realised.

      4. Clare Pooley

        Yes! Moving house is so difficult, stressful, expensive and one has to think of so many other factors apart from the obvious. We did two moves in 18 months and I never wish to do it again though I’ll probably have to eventually. Ugh! If you are moving to improve your health and happiness you just have to try to keep that thought with you all the time despite all the absolute rubbish you have to cope with.

      5. quercuscommunity Post author

        My parents last moved when they were in their late 70s and you could see it was a strain. That’s why I thought we’d get it over with, but even so, I’m not looking forwards to it.

      1. quercuscommunity Post author

        Moby Dick nearly sent me into a coma. How did that ever become known as a classic? I admit the sea would be awful, but Fiddler’s Green sounds OK. πŸ™‚

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