Soooo cold & grey here again – the sun seems to pop out occasionally but soon gets hidden behind a blanket of thick grey cloud – time for more yummy soup to warm us up…
…the best broccoli soup is made from roughly 1/3rd flowers & the rest stalk! The flowers are great as a side vegetable but do not have the substance to make a hearty soup – do not be afraid to use the stalk – it really is super tasty & contains loads of nutritious stuff – a great way of using food that you would normally waste…
…I made my soup in my slow cooker but it also works well in a saucepan
Ingredients – serves 4:
- 50g oil or butter (or a mix of both)
- 100g sliced onion, leek & celery (it doesn’t matter if you don’t have all of these ‘white’ vegetables – any combination will do)
- 200g chopped broccoli flowers & stalk
- 50g plain or gluten free flour
- 800ml water
- vegetable stock cube – I prefer the Kallo range of organic stock cubes – they add just the right amount of seasoning, have great flavour & are gluten free
- 200ml milk
- Melt butter & oil
- Add the all the vegetables
- Cook gently – without colouring – for 10 minutes
- Stir in the flour
- Add the water & stock cube
- Bring to the boil & simmer for 20 minutes or leave in slow cooker
- Add the milk & blend until smooth
- Reheat gently with some freshly ground black pepper – perfect!
…we had ours with some cheesey garlic bread today – yummy!
After lunch all I really wanted to do was curl up in my warm, cosy cottage & get on with some neglected sewing projects but Alfie needed a walk & the littlies had been inside long enough! So off we set, across the fields in a circular walk taking in a nearby village…
…we passed a lovely, old rotting tree stump which is obviously now the entrance to somebody’s home – maybe Mr & Mrs Fox or a family of rabbits…
…passing through the sheep fields I was reminded of when my Littliest E was very young – as we kept chickens he thought that all animals had feathers, not fur – so when out walking through a field one day, he exclaimed, look Mum, I’ve found some ‘sheep feathers’ & we’ve called them that ever since!
I often think that our Border Collie is mad & this just proves it…
…it’s an icy cold day & he still insists on going into the brook to ‘rescue’ the stones!
… once we reached our neighbouring village it was back towards home past the church – a strange building of two halves – it has a brick tower & walls to the rear, & a frontage built of stone
A lovely walk, but I’m glad to be cosy & warm back at home – my little display of Spring sunshine greeting us as we came into the kitchen…