Monday, 7 March 2011

Pottering About

It was a lovely relaxing day yesterday pottering about, not worrying about work deadlines or degree deadlines but just doing stuff around the house and a chance to do some cooking. An asparagus soup made from bits and pieces lurking in the fridge*...

An onion and some leeks sauted in butter, with the addition of a couple of stalks of celery and some diced potato which was then simmered in vegetable stock for twenty minutes. Add a bunch of chopped up asparagus for five minutes, whizz the whole lot up in the blender and reheat with a small carton of creme fraiche... couldn't be nicer... especially when there was some left over for lunch today.

And even better with some homemade sun dried tomato focaccia rolls... which were incredibly easy to make. Knead together 500g white bread flour, 1 tsp dried yeast, 1 tsp salt, 1 tblsp olive oil, 6 sundried tomatoes and 290 ml water (this can be done on the pizza dough setting in a bread maker). Shape into 12 rolls, allow to double in size and bake for 20 minutes at 190 deg C.

And the whole lot was finished off with a square of Delia's ginger cake... the recipe is here.

Perfect with a cuppa after a walk at Anglesey Abbey

Today it was back to the deadlines... and essay to write for my Professional Practice module... but I still managed a couple of hours work in the garden... and more cake of course!

* Edit - I don't usually have left over asparagus in my fridge but I made an asparagus risotto for supper on Saturday, buying the ingredients on my way home from work. I wasn't sure of the quantities so ended up buying too much. The leeks however had been languishing in the veg drawer for a week!

20 comments:

  1. That all looks delicious - especially the cake!

    And the appropriate food-photo styling ;-)

    Celia
    x

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  2. We also had green soup for lunch! Pale green today (cream of celery) bright green tomorrow (celeriac and watercress).

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  3. If yours is the kind of house that has asparagus lurking about in the fridge, I think I might have to move in!

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  4. What could be more delicious than homemade bread and soup, followed by homemade cake - YUM! In our previous garden, which was huge, we had an asparagus bed. The flavour of freshly picked asparagus is amazing, and it's tender and tasty right down to the last little bit.

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  5. Glad that your pottering about was more successful than mine. I had set myself the task of pottering about one day recently, only by 11am I was so tired I went to bed - think I must have had a bug, so shouldn't complain if that was the worse I felt with it.

    Everything you made looks delicious though, even if you don't always have asparagus lurking in your fridge the cakes always look inviting

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  6. Soup, bread and cake, three of my favourite things!
    I love asparagus. :)
    Vivienne x

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  7. No better way for leftovers than soup!

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  8. Ooh get you, leftover asparagus in the fridge, - come a long way from Stepney girl, haven't you?
    Cake looks delish! x

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  9. The best soups are made from left overs! Of course my left overs don't usually include asparagus, maybe broccoli and the odd moldy carrot!

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  10. Made a lovely spicy vegetable soup today, it was enjoyed by all when they came home from work. I can't believe how the temperature dropped tonight. I will have to have a go at the cake, but I will be making Sharne's welsh cakes tomorrow as well as lots of pancakes.

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  11. Oooh, yum! It looks like you had a great cooking weekend gina!

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  12. Lazy Sunday and cooking mmm not sure those two things go together.

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  13. Your recipes sound perfect and I'm in love with your crockery...
    merci to Frances

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  14. I feel a deep need for soup today after being up most of the night with a poorly child. Send some over please Gina! x

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  15. The soup, rolls and cake look delicious - I bet Anglesey Abbey was lovely - it is a magical garden and the snowdrops there are usually beautiful.

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  16. Just caught up on your blog after falling behind a bit. You are one talented person, Gina! I love the cards, the brooches, but above all the button babes.
    Glad to hear your son is unharmed. I find it admirable that despite having lost all his belongings, he wants to stay out there to help rebuild the city. You should be very proud of him!
    Off to stick on the breadmaker for foccacia rolls, they sound yum...

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  17. Oh my goodness, that all looks so DELICIOUS!!

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  18. What yummy food. Did I spot an Emma Bridgewater mug? x

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  19. what scrumptiousness - will give those rolls a go as have a breadmaker, which i love!!!

    xx

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  20. Your cooking sounds delicious! I'm hungry now! Lucy xx

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