Spectacular soup and partridge casserole!

I really sorted myself out with the stock for my latest soup.

My stored cox's - aren't they beautiful?!

I often make a very popular orange soup (orange, red lentils etc) but I normally put veg stock cubes, tinned tomatoes and fresh lemon juice in it. I was determined not to make another anaemic soup like that potato and leek one, so I used seven ingredients to ensure a good flavour (apart from the main veg, which included carrot, onions, celeriac and crown prince squash): sea salt, cider vinegar, fresh marjoram, fresh rosemary, also from the garden, fresh turmeric and ginger, garlic and some leftover cabbage water! It really did the trick!

Beautiful apples

The only fruit I’m eating is apple – those beautiful, glowing, wrinkly but sweet Cox’s Orange Pippin I’ve had stored in my back passage for the last three months. I’ve included a photo of them, as they are so pretty!

Another success was the partridge casserole (Radwinter again) – the thing that made it so luscious was the mushroom, local from Arjuna – I had lots of it thinly sliced with very little liquid in the casserole, together with a little carrot and onion. So I’m really enjoying myself, although it does mean no snacks, as I haven’t got my act together yet to make anything I can just munch on, except the apples or those rice cakes I mentioned (still my only exception). Eating locally and seasonally pretty much means cooking from scratch, and I’m incredibly busy at the moment. It must be very good for me, especially as I tend to be a bit too fond of my food!

Posted by Bev

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2 Responses to Spectacular soup and partridge casserole!

  1. eating-local says:

    Sounds very special, Pam! I always bring back wonderful things from France, but not usually made by family or friends! Thanks for the good wishes!

  2. Pam Adcock, Friend of Bev (Woman of Note!) says:

    Good luck, Bev, I’ll watch with interest.
    I know its not local to us, but, as you know, my daughter, Carolyn, now lives in France. They came over on a flying visit a week before Christmas, visiting family and friends on a whistle stop tour. The goats had gone “on holiday” to stay with a friend who lives in a wood. The chickens, being free range, were able to fend for themselves, being left sufficient water. The pigs, sheep and rabbits had by then continued on their journey of self-sufficiency and we were brought homemade paté, brawn and black pudding and what somehow appealed to me most, half a dozen eggs lain by the chickens we had met in the summer in the place where we were in the summer. It just felt so special and close and they tasted wonderful!

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