Still cold…

Hi there,

Well it is February and it is colder than ever, we even had a little snow this week, I say a little it didn’t really settle but it was enough to worry me and text my driving instructor who thought it was very funny, as he knew I would be freaking.  I have booked my test for the middle of March, so of course this week my driving was terrible and the lesson was really intense, just great. Of course to add to it all I go straight to college afterwards, I have recently started a counselling course, (to be a counsellor not be counselled) which is hard work, we are only there for a couple of hours but your brain really aches by the end of it and of course I haven’t had a cup of tea for ages so I am worn out and thirsty by the time I get home and this week I had to do my own dinner when I got in, so a had a large sherry to wash it down and make the day feel better. 😉

My feature photo this week is of one of the many birds that come to our garden, we love having them visit and distract us from work frequently, the Nuthatch is a beauty but also a bit of a bully as he dives in to the fat ball cage sending all the others flying, but they soon return. Winter is a difficult time for the birds so we try to keep them fed.

Blue tits in the garden
Birds on the fat ball cage.

We also have the chickens come around from next door, they are very comical and like to chat away while picking up the bits that have dropped from the birdtable, we also put a bit of seed down for them as well now, we don’t think they are underfed but they like our garden.

Squirrel on my bird table nature winter feed
Cheeky mid hibernation snack.

Not  great photograph but I think you know who our other visitor is, he must have come out of hibernation for a snack, he is quite cheeky and we don’t mind him visiting as we love all nature not just the birds.

 

Anyway, is anyone hungry?

I have a quick, tasty and warming soup for you today, ideal for lunch, you could pop it in a flask and take it to work and make everyone else jealous with the delicious smell, I recommend a tasty bread roll to go with it, I made some very simple soda bread ones in the air fryer, they came out really well and I didn’t even have to put the oven on.

Cauliflower and garlic soup, vegan, gluten free, dairy free,
Warming Cauliflower and garlic soup.

 

Cauliflower and Garlic soup.

Ingredients.

1 head of cauliflower

3 cloves of garlic

1 onion

1 medium-sized potato 

Stock cube

Water

 

Method.

Heat the oven to 150*

Cut the cauliflower in to its natural florets and then cut them to an even size so they cook at the same pace.

Chop the onion into slices and the potato in to cubes, about the same size as the florets.

Peel the garlic.

Pop all the veggies on a baking tray, drizzle with oil and roast till cooked but not browned, depending on your oven this could take about half an hour we don’t want them over cooked as they are going into stock to finish cooking.

When the veggies are ready pop them into a good pan on a low heat, when they start to sizzle add the stock cube and give them a good stir then add enough water to cover, bring to the boil and simmer till the potatoes are cooked through.

Remove from the heat and allow to cool a little before blending, we don’t want any accidents!

I had some peas left over from last nights dinner so I also blended them to pop on the top, flavour wise they did work and it looked good.

 

So when your soup is all blended and warm, enjoy!

The bread rolls I made are very simple, a couple of cups of plain flour, a tsp of baking powder, a drizzle of olive oil, sprinkle of mixed herbs and some seasoning, mixed with some water to make a dough. I made it in to little buns and popped them in the airfryer or 15 mins, warm bread while the soup cooks, perfect.

 

I have put a couple of Amazon links at the bottom for a similar Airfryer to mine a hand blender and single hob, I feel that these could be really useful to people setting up a new home a cheap and cheerful way to start a kitchen.

 

 

Hand blender, excellent for smooth soups, sauces and baby food.

Air fryer, I use mine more and more, not just for low-fat chips. I have made bread and roasted veg in it, it is basically a small oven, ideal for when I am cooking for myself or just for two. Also a great buy if you have just moved into a new home or a student, much cheaper than a full-sized oven and you can buy a single hot plate cheaply too.

 

Have a wonderful one, whatever you are doing,

Take care

Gilly.

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