beach cottage soup recipe and barley
Thu 7th, May, 2015
Well, here we are again beach cottage ladies of the web, Barley is on day two and to be quite honest, I am surprised that today too he has been very sad and low again :(( – I honestly thought that after yesterday he would be back to his bright and happy self…not so. Thanks for all your comments. Appreciated. x
So I have, save a trip to buy a new hoover when there was someone here to keep an eye on Barls (Dyson)…because the last hoover was also a victim last week of the strange electricity goings-on in this house (and went poof!), been home all day long (must admit though even with this pup-induced confinement have not, actually, turned new hoover on)…it’s been quite a funny day being here with him, not that I go out galavanting across Sydney ever (gosh most of the time I roll down the hill, get coffee, look at sea, and back up again and not much else), just you know when you have to stay in how you all of a sudden start fantasising about going to Chinatown or going to the airport with just your passport, credit card and getting on a plane…hmm maybe you don’t do that.
I also scooted into the library. Sheesh kebaby, how is it that they library book renewal date came around so quickly? One minute you’re standing there with an armful of fresh new reading material to take home, the next thing you’re panicking that oh-my-god-if-you-don’t-get-down-there-today-you’ll-get-fined. I have a new self-imposed rule on library etiquette…
1. trip must have a time limit (otherwise spend 2 hours in there gazing at weird topics & fishing magazines)
2. limit of books to borrow 3, 4 at push (otherwise struggle to carry huge pile of books on weird topics & never read & always lose one)
3. visit must include browsing ‘new’ section to improve brain but must avoid ‘self-help’ section which inevitably means no.2 above rule is broken and I come home with 457 books on how to be your best self and all other kind of new age crapola.
Anyway, I am guessing that I should wrap this up…when I realise I am rambling to the other side of this screen about things like libraries and hoovers I do have to wonder…
See you tomorrow – I need to show you the back hallway where the new bathrooms are going…the carpet’s nice, hahahaha.
Leek & Potato Soup Recipe
to be honest, there are probably enough leek and potato soup recipes in the world ;) and really the thing I love about soup (not the only thing) is that it is throw-in-able, that indeed I think is a lot of the beauty of soup…I saw a recipe where you steam the leeks separately for more flavour (dunno about you but ain’t happening anytime soon that this woman will be steaming leeks for soup)…anyway here’s how I do it
4 med potatoes diced small, 2 leeks washed & sliced, 2 cloves garlic, garden herbs, salt & pepper, 1/2 cup cream, 6 cups stock, parmesan & oil to serve
sweat vegetables, add stock, blitz in blender, pop back in pan and 5 mins before serving add cream
serve with parmesan (or any cheese), drizzle with oil and herbs