A couple of days ago, searching for “pig” on the blog (I wanted that photo with the pigs and cornflowers) I ended up with a lot of pigeon pictures. This, I suppose, is a clue to the workings of search engines.
I offer that thought as nothing more than a stand-alone musing. My brain is in neutral and that is the sort of thing that crops up.
The colour of soup is another thought – I mostly tend to make soups that are in the fawn/beige range these days. I used to make them more golden, or more orange. Somewhere along the line I seem to have become less colourful. It might an example of food-related pathetic fallacy, or it may just be that I’m using more swedes (rutabagas).
Time, I think, to bring a bag of frozen peas to the party. I like pea soup. Or nettles. It will be that time of year soon and nettles always brighten a soup up. This must be how old age starts (for me at least), beige food difficulty in thinking, beige food and those bedroom slippers with Velcro straps . . .
I went to the pharmacy tonight. I have no choice. It’s the first shop I’ve been in for a month (apart from the one where I work). A month ago, you guessed it, I went to the pharmacy. I haven’t been out in public since we went to see Number One son just before Christmas. Whether this is old age, Covid or a mental health condition remains to be seen.
I’m also speculating on the nature of international politics. I call it the cesspit theory of politics, and anyone who has ever had dealings with a septic tank will know what I mean. In cesspits and politics the same sort of thing seems to rise to the top.
I like your analogy of politics being like cesspits.
I also like nettle soup.
I have peas ready for my first green soup of the year and will be looking for nettles soon. I’ve been a bit lazy in recent years and need to eat more weeds.
The nettles are starting to grow in my garden, so hopefully soup with them will be on the cards soon 😊.
We buy dried peas in 5kg sacks, so have a constant supply.
Enjoy your first green soup of the year.
Thank you I will. It’s been slightly delayed because by the time we processed the leftover vegetable stew and added it to the remaining soup we have a full pot of vegetable stew again. 🙂
That sounds good – always nice to have food ready to go 😊
I still forget I am only cooking for two now. 🙂
Unlike many politicians, cesspits serve a useful purpose. I don’t mean to abuse politicians,many of whom are very decent and quite intelligent people, it’s just that the way that the country is being run means that they don’t have any useful work to do.
It’s the Peter Principle, I believe – people being promoted until they rise to a level so responsibility slightly higher than they are able to cope with. The sad thing for politicians is that this is often reveled in a very public way. I don’t mind that. It’s the ones that rise to the top based solely on personal ambition that annoy me and give the others a bad name. I can forgive incompetence, as it is a normal human failing, but corruption, lies and nuclear brinkmanship are4 things we shouldn’t have to cope with in world leaders.
I agree but sadly the UK seems to have got more corrupt over my lifetime. Perhaps it is me that that has changed and things were always like this but I just didn’t notice. The present administration looks like the worst that I have ever seen though.
It seems like things are worse, but actually when I started to think about it, Blair and his cronies were, and Harold Wilson. The Tories of the time seemed to confine themselves to sex scandals, but were probably just better at hiding corruption.
This lot are definitely the worst for corruption that I remember. Very sad.
The abuse of peerages is horrendous.
It has been with us for a long time though, I think it was Lloyd George who first put a monetary figure on it..
I do know a lot about septic tanks as that has been our sole means of waste disposal for all of our married life (except for 18 months in Somerset). The one we have now has a mascerator so nothing is given a chance to float.
I was also amused by the thought of coddling a nettle. We will never, ever be able to get rid of ours.
If only we could apply the macerator system to our politicians . . .
Your soup soliloquy got me going. I’ve just decided upon split pea soup for dinner. Certainly colorful, but not the prettiest of colors. Maybe some rutabagas would tone that down. I use the dried peas. I’ve never heard of pea soup from the frozen kind, but it would surely take less time.
A few minutes to cook from frozen and hit them with the blender. Very quick and full of fibre. 🙂
I am becoming far more sceptical about cesspits
It is a healthy attitude. 🙂
Never have had nettles before. Maybe it’s time.
They are very good, though it’s best to check out the health aspects first. I’ve been avoiding them for a few years because to the Warfarin but am going to make nettle soup again this year. Just a simple one. There are some very complicated recipes about.
Nettles are a great addition to soups, stewps and stir fry dishes. A friend gave me a plant last year which I have been coddling in a pot over the winter. Hopefully it will come back up again. I hope to get a small colony of it started.
The idea of having to coddle nettles like a rare exotic is causing a certain amount of amusement here. We get plenty in the garden without an effort at all. 🙂
We are a lot drier in summer than you are over there.
I suppose so – I tend to think of nettles as universal. Another thing to learn! 🙂