Day 51

We finally got round to having the carrot and ginger soup today. You couldn’t notice the ginger, but I managed to find some coriander, and added a handful of that to the pot. It was a great improvement. Next time I will try lentils, as suggested by Helen.

Well, next time I will try celery. Next time I use carrots I will try the lentils. I haven’t used them for a while as Julia always feels the need to mention them, a sign that she’s on the verge of a complaint. The trouble is that she just doesn’t appreciate my exotic cookery.

We had Storm Franklin today. It’s the third named storm of the week, and it is all getting a bit stupid. Whatever happened to the days when we just had wind and rain? Weather is not improved by having a name and I really can’t see the point. It rained. Then it was windy while it rained. Then it was dry and windy and then it rained again. The ornaments on our mantelshelf vibrated every time we had gusts from a certain direction, which became wearing after a time, but that was really the worst of it for us.

Unfortunately, when I check up, a lot of reports say that it is going to get worse, which is worrying as I thought it had passed over. That’s the trouble with all the detail you get in weather reports these days – they tell you a variety of things and they don’t always agree with other reports.


19 thoughts on “Day 51

  1. tootlepedal

    I too like the header picture.

    The trouble with green and brown lentils, which I like, is that I have always forgotten to soak them overnight before I come to cook with them, so I never end up cooking them.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      Thank you. The lake District and the camera did all the difficult bits. I just pressed the button.

      That is a problem with lentils and beans. I get round it by buying the tinned ones.

  2. arlingwoman

    I learned when I sailed more that the best thing to do is go directly to radar. I’m sure you’ve got the equivalent of the National Weather Service in UK and that they put out their radar as well. Then you’d have realized how big the blasted thing was. I must try carrot soup again, but only after I use up my last pumpkin from last year’s garden…

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      Yes, I’m sure I’d have more appreciation fro the size of weather systems if I was at sea.

      There’s room for a cookery book somewhere in there “Carrots are not the only Orange Fruit”, or something.

      1. arlingwoman

        Yes. Carmelize the onions first and their sweetness complements the carrot sweetness without making things too sweet. The lemon brightens the flavors.

  3. Lavinia Ross

    We cook a lot with red lentils, as they cook down readily and add to the thickness of the soup. The other colors of lentils seem to stay more intact, and are identifiable. 🙂

    It has been a day of many passing rain squalls here. The weather is forecast to turn cold after tonight, with 10 degrees F forecast for Wednesday morning.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      Too cold for me! When global warming finally kills off the Gulf Stream we will, ironically, become colder.

      Yes, I keep meaning to cook some green and yellow lentil dishes but never get round to it. I mainly use red ones in stews, but have fallen out of the habit.

      1. Lavinia Ross

        Those subfreezing temperature we expect to see more in early December or January, not now. I spent part of today insulating water pipes and risers out in the field.

  4. Clare Pooley

    Ugh! Yes. I am fed up with all the silly names, too. We used to know what kind of wind it would be because the forecasters always used the Beaufort Scale. Apparently, this storm is going to pick up again for a while in the morning then calm down, and not a moment too soon as far as I’m concerned.
    I am amused by your account of Julia’s reaction to your exotic cooking. Naming the ingredients as a hint that a complaint might be forthcoming. I have been know to do that on occasion.

  5. paolsoren

    It is very important that you give names to storms particularly severe storms. During normal storms you can just be slightly annoyed if it upsets your day but with severe and damaging storms you can swear at it using a name and you can get angry with it and personalise it and that makes all the difference


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