It has been almost a week since my holiday began. Time to take stock.
I washed and ironed and it seems to be all back in the washing bin again.
I cleaned the house and the dust has reappeared along with my daughter who has added to the housework and the washing.
I got my TAST pieces up to date, that was satisfying.
I have designed a new embroidery, which I will show you when I have got started on the stitching.
And as it is so cold here, never got over 16C yesterday, I decided to make some Pumpkin Soup.
I bought a whole pumpkin, 2 onions, a sweet potato, I peeled these and chopped them into small to medium pieces.
The onions always cause problems in my food classes. It is the fumes, so here are my tips for minimizing this. First, store your onions in the vegetable chiller in the refrigerator. Then when you cut them take the stem section off and cut in half lengthwise. Peel off the outer layer and place the cut edge on the board. This will stop the fumes rising into your eyes. Make cuts almost to the root end along the striations. When you have done this to all the onions cut across and the rings, they will just will fall off. But don't be slow or else those fumes will get you.
To this I add 2 litres of chicken stock. I make my own using chicken carcasses and vegetables but the commercial stock will work. Remember if you use a commercial stock you will not need to add as much salt. Also, you could add some garlic, or a garlic and ginger mixture.
Boil until all the vegetables are soft, let them cool a little before pureeing them in a food processor.
Return the mixture to your saucepan and add 300 mil of cream (or a small tin of evaporated milk if you are watching your weight) and salt and black pepper to taste. Reheat the soup making sure you don't boil it as the cream could separate out.
At this point I should have a great photo of the results but some one ate it!
(You can of course make smaller amounts of this soup. If you do this you will find it its quick and easy to prepare. Good way to get the kids to eat vegetables as well.)