Friday, 25 April 2014

Fit for human consumption + 2 winners

Good evening from a wet and misty North Lincolnshire. The weather has been pretty dull all day, with heavy downpours on and off. Hope it picks up in time for my long walk. I've had a rethink on the start date and put it back a couple of days. There's a bank holiday next weekend and if the weather is good it will bring crowds of day trippers and long weekenders out across the Pennines, possibly making it difficult for me to find a bed. I'd rather hit those places midweek giving me a better chance. Should work out ok. 
Now these leaves don't look very tasty, a nice snack for a rabbit maybe. I've been saving them up, left over bits from a cauliflower, and the heart of a cabbage a week past it's sell by date. Should be enough to make a couple of bowls of soup.  
All the best bits chopped up in a pan. I did take the manky leaves to a neighbours two white rabbits, they were chuffed, ha ha. These were boiled up and some beansprouts and spices added. Curry powder, turmeric, wholegrain mustard, and garlic powder.

Then I zapped it with the stick blender, and just before serving I added two spoons of plain yogurt. A nice spicy soup with a slice of wholemeal bread, it went down a treat, and enough left for tomorrow.

Right, here is the moment you have all been waiting for. The winners of the two home made ilona bags

Tricia
and
Maggie


Please send a comment including your name and postal address (which I won't publish), and I will get the bags off to you pronto. So sorry I don't have enough bags for everyone, it would be lovely if I could afford to send more. Thank you all for taking the time to read my blog and comment, I appreciate it. 
Now it's the weekend again. If it isn't raining in the morning I will do the Parkrun. Anyone else doing it? Whatever you are doing I hope it is a good weekend for you.
Toodle pip. 

17 comments:

  1. The soup looks lovely! I am also a big fan of soup, I like cooking but sometimes I have not time for it so chucking everything into a pot is my answer for a quick, healthy meal.

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  2. Not had soup for ages, home made is always the best and that was a good frugal meal :0)

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  3. Congrats to the winners. Soup is always a winner in my books.

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  4. Well done to Tricia & Maggie.

    Best wishes.

    Angela (Devon)

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  5. looks good!
    congrats to the winners!

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  6. Homemade soup is the best. Natalie

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  7. I love the way with soup you can use up all bits of the veg. Yours looks very tasty- I recently made a soup like that but added caraway and pepper to it. It was originally a medieval recipe.
    Arilx

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  8. Never thought of putting the cauliflower leaves into soup. Broccoli stems and leaves, yes, but somehow never thought of the cauliflower bits. Brilliant!

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  9. That soup looks good, and cost pennies - what more could you want!

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  10. I'm so dense I'm reading your entry and thinking 'oh that's my name on that piece of paper, oh that's me I've won a one off designer 'Ilona' bag!!! Yippee!!' Happy dance around my kitchen. Many thanks Ilona. I will send you a picture of me at school with my bag. Tricia

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  11. Hope you meant me for the bag.

    Thank you very much, and if there's anything you need that you can't find in England, please let me know and I'll try to find it here.

    Maggie from US

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  12. Thank you. I have both addresses. Will post on Monday.

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  13. frugalfishfinger100126 April 2014 at 14:47

    I have been reading this blog for ages and never realised you must llive so close to me - I live in Winterton!!!

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    1. Well what a surprise, ha ha. I was at the vet in Winterton yesterday, and my friends house that I am helping her with is in Earlsgate. We are almost neighbours :o))

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  14. I ate broccoli stem soup last week and threw some pearl barley in as well, then blitzed. Good, but one of the stalks must have been a bit woody, there were a few stringy bits. I suppose I could have strained, but it was easier to just chew my way through them.

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    1. I peel the woody bits off before chopping up the stalk for soup or stir fries as they don't cook too well. I also use cauliflower leaves in soup.

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