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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