Sunday, January 20, 2008

A good day for soup

The skies were clear here at Henbogle today, setting us up nicely for a big plunge in temperature, when the forecast is for a low of 3ºF overnight. The high today was in the mid 20sºF, but with a perky little breeze --perfect soup weather.

I've got a strong tendency to stockpile items like food, building materials, fabric, garden tools. The other day, when making room in the freezer for our pork delivery, I realized that I need to actually use all the food I have so carefully laid away (so far we've only cracked open 2 jars of tomato sauce, and a 3-4 of grape juice). In six months, I hope to be picking more strawberries and harvesting lettuce from the garden. It was high time to use those freezer veggies, so I stirred together a big batch of minestrone soup.

I had made a big batch of stock from one of our delicious freezer chickens the other day, so I sauteed some onions, added some carrots, celery, garlic, then the stock, potatoes, cannelini beans, cabbage, and from our freezer, swiss chard, wax beans, green beans, corn and pesto. With some homemade garlic croutons and warm from the oven ginger bread for dessert, I can almost forget the plunging temperatures. For a little while.


Anonymous said...

Ali, you've hit on something I have been meaning to ask other people about. In myself, I consider it the ONLY way I am actually conservative, else do you explain the fact that I have cooked only ONE of my winter squash this winter? It's kind of like this food is so precious it shouldn't be used. (I got over that when I stopped going to the grocery store altogether so now our only choice is to eat the stored stuff.)

I love soup. It's a bread vehicle for me.

Kim said...

This is my kind of winter meal - and doesn't it feel so good to make it completely from food you put by yourself. Yummmmmm! Stay warm - sounds like it might be worse today.

Ed Bruske said...

Wow, what a great pantry. That's something to aspire to.