Thursday, 16 January 2014


Is there really anything better when the days are grey and soggy and you are feeling squelchy right down to the bone ?

Well, if you're a feline and your human has gone out for the day and you have declined to go in when you were called, and it's raining, next door's bed (that'd be our bed) is probably more attractive.

But us humans, we'll stick with soup, if it's all the same to you.

A little bit of  forethought when you are stocking your freezer is always helpful - the Christmas turkey carcass, for instance, boiled into a crockpotful of stock on Boxing day and frozen in small portions; a potful of haricot beans soaked, sprouted (all you need is the tiniest shoot starting to peep out) and boiled; open frozen and bagged up in smallish bags, tucked into the freezer for later. 

And then later comes - a soggy day when OH is working from home and no sandwiches are required, and we can sit down together to have our lunch - and out comes an elderly carrot, a couple of wilted leafy celery sticks, a couple of wrinkled spuds, a humble onion and a clove of garlic, and a bit of chopping, and into the pot it all goes, a bit of extra water, a sprinkle of salt, a bay leaf.... And we have lunch.

Life is good :o)




  1. Wonderful, it looks delicious. I'm always amazed at how nice soup made from random things found in the bottom of the fridge is.

  2. My kind of lunch! :) Just wanted to ask why you sprout the haricots and whether you'd do that with any bean. Barbara