Thursday, February 04, 2016


I've had a cold over the past week or so and cooking went out the window. I've even ordered takeaway three times in the last ten days, something that is highly unusual behaviour these days. The forced inactivity over the weekend was what needed to happen though. Having struggled through the first few days of the bad stage of the cold because I had things to do that couldn't be put off, it was time to just take to bed and stay put. I should be seeing my friend who is going through chemo in three weeks and I don't want to risk still being sick then.

4 carrots, 2 onions, a small head of garlic and half a celeriac

All of the not cooking, however, means that I've developed a bit of a backlog of vegetables. I thought about cancelling my box for this week but in the end decided one good big session of soup-making might be what was called for. So, taking a leaf out of Sue's book, I've just put the following into the oven to roast. I've used sesame oil, just a small amount, and sprinkled a teaspoon of cumin seeds over it all.

I liked the idea of roasting the veg first to intensify the flavours. It's not a new idea to me but just seemed to somehow hit the spot for me when I read it yesterday. I've often found that in various aspects of life. You can be aware of something, you can even have heard of something often but it's not until you happen across it at the right time/right place/right frame of mind that it clicks and you take the idea on board.

So, the first soup will be a mixed vegetable soup. As well as the roasted stuff, I'll add some cabbage, a leek and a few potatoes. I might also throw in a couple of small Jerusalem artichokes, which arrived in my box this morning.

I still have two small pumpkins to use as well and another larger one arrived this morning, so pumpkin soup is definitely on the cards. And I have lots of carrots so I'm going to make some spicy carrot and lentil soup. Need to buy more garlic but Karneval started about half-an-hour ago so most shops will be closed for the rest of the day. Since it's raining and grey and miserable, I'm just not that bothered about trying to get out. I might fish some of the roasted garlic out of the pan above when it's done and put that to one side to use. I ended up roasting the entire head of garlic I had as it was very soft and starting to mold on one side. I really should get in a couple of jars of the minced stuff, it really is one of those things that is just so convenient.

Most of that soup will have to go into the freezer, obviously, but that does give me a good basis for future quick meals. I'm kind of feeling like a soup month wouldn't be a bad idea anyway. I'm not interested in too much effort at the moment but am desperately craving lots of vegetables and soup's a good way to take care of that.

And then I'll just have some Jerusalem artichokes left, some carrots, a couple of leeks, plenty of potatoes, a red cabbage, a white cabbage, half a Savoy cabbage, onions and half a celeriac. I see a lot of soup in there. And colcannon. Yum.


Jennifer said...

We go through soup months as well, though ours tend to the Mexican flavors - peppers, onions, carrots, potatoes. I try to add leafy greens before serving, so they are not too wilted and still very flavorful.

I hope you feel better soon! Colds are awful in the winter!

Baroness Prudent Spending said...

Feel better Moonwaves! I was sick in January really bad and couldn't take time off from work. Needless to say it is still lingering a little. Get lots of rest and eat lots of hot soup!
~ Pru

Moonwaves said...

Thanks. Not having to go to work definitely helps on the recovery front.

Jen: yours seems to have become another blog that I can't comment on. I write a comment, hit publish and then google swallows it. Can't even get back to what I've written. It's very frustrating. Although I did find myself geting into suggestion mode (bring the kids with you, get the older kids to mind the younger, etc., etc.), which isn't always the most helpful since I'm pretty sure you've already considered absolutely all the options. I've met what seems to me to be an incredible amount of survivors of narcissistic parents over the last number of years (many ex-pats - distance is one of the ways of getting away it seems). It's probably one of the most devastating mental illnesses for kids to have to live through. Especially when, due to other family, you can't necessarily make a full cut. I hope you have nice weekend anyway, even if it's not quite the one you planned.