Saturday, July 18

Recipe for Garden Soup

I call this recipe Garden Soup.



It takes a long time to prepare but the results are worth it.I made this for dinner last night and it was perfect warming winter food.


Step 1
This is the most time consuming part of the recipe, it can take a couple of months! You need to grow a variety of vegetables. This step involves digging the soil, mulching, weeding, watering and a lot of love.

Step 2
Harvesting. This is best done as close to when you want to cook your soup as possible. It is a wonderful feeling eating something that you know was alive only a couple of hours ago. It still amazes me when I walk inn the garden and see all this delicious food that has seemingly arrived in my garden from nowhere.



I picked a whole bunch of celery, some curly kale(or Chinese broccoli) 10 radishes, 2 turnips, 2 spring onions and a pumpkin.








Step 3
Wash and roughly chop the veggies. This stage may involve you having to rescue the tiny green tree frog out of your bunch of celery. Give the frog to the children to take back to the garden.


Step 4

Put the vegetables into a large soup pot with a sprig each of rosemary and thyme and three bay leaves. Cover with fresh rainwater, collected off the roof and bring to the boil.








While it comes to the boil quickly run up to the garden to pick the broccoli you forgot to pick before . Chop and add to the soup




Step 5
Now have the children light a campfire so they can cook toast to go with the soup


Step 6 For atmosphere you can get your wwoofer to show the children how to make mandarin lanterns. Place these around the fire.


Step 7 Season the soup with salt and pepper. Serve with slightly burnt toast and sit back around the campfire and enjoy the fruits of your labours.

5 comments:

Erin said...

I love it! Right down to rescuing the little tree frog that happened to be hiding in the veggies :) :)

Gina said...

Wonderful post, really made me smile ;)

suzanne said...

Hello Ariad

I do believe that is the best recipe I have seen in ages! From start to finish! I am sure it tasted wonderful. Love the frog bit...We often have to take back the odd slug too..

Hope you are having a great Winter
Warm regards
Suzanne

Martin Maurer said...

Aah, the mandarin lamp! How pretty it looks. I'm really happy to have shared some of my life with some of yours.

Greetings to everyone!

Ariad said...

Thanks for teaching us all about the mandarin lanterns Martin, I'm sure they are going to be a family favourite every winter.

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