Wednesday, 25 January 2023

Soup day .

It's still cold here in Mullion .

We had quite a hard frost yesterday . 

Not as heavy a frost as you might have further up country . Only the second time this winter that I've seen my garden  as sparkly as this .

My Leeks and kale look o.k. still .

The fields look pretty frozen . 

Not much I can do in the garden today if I wanted to. I brought in the wood and lit the fire .

Just sat here on the floor watching the flames dance for a while . 

Wash hands . Tie on my apron . Make breakfast . Make soup .

This is the famous Tik Tok Justin Schuble Quinoa Veggie Soup  .

QUINOA VEGGIE SOUP ๐Ÿ˜‹ save this for later!! it’s the perfect fall winter soup and will make enough for leftovers! ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ see below for the recipe details ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ Ingredients: -3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil -4 carrots, peeled and chopped  -1 medium onion, chopped -4 stalks celery, thinly sliced -6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced -Sea salt -Ground pepper  -1 large zucchini (or 2 small ones), sliced  -1 (15.5-oz.) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained -2 (28-oz.) cans diced tomatoes -2 cups quinoa -Ground cumin to taste -Crushed red pepper flakes to taste  -4 cups chicken broth -Handful of kale, ribs removed and leaves sliced , a lemon, squeezed Steps: -add olive oil to a large pan and heat over medium-high heat -add carrots, onions, celery and garlic -season with salt and pepper and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until veggies are soft -add zucchini, cannellini beans, diced tomato, quinoa and chicken broth -season with cumin and crushed red pepper -bring to a boil and boil for 15 minutes -add kale and stir -add lemon and rotisserie chicken (optional) and stir again -enjoy! Top with some extra ground black pepper  .

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This is the second batch I have made . It is delicious ! This batch I am freezing away for another day .

The rotisserie chicken was amazing stirred into it ! 

I'm freezing it without the roast chicken in it , with a view to maybe changing it up and having salmon with it next time .

I left out the quinoa and the crushed red pepper flakes . You just adjust it to your taste .

We had this with some beautiful buttered granary bread and it was divine ! 

This is a very nutritious and hearty , meal in itself  kind of a soup .

Just the thing to warm you up on a cold day like today . 

After lunch we took our walk along the cliffs .

Lovely and sunny , but cold .Very cold and my socks were squelching inside my stupid , rubbish wellington boots !

It was so good to get home and warm my toes in front of the fire !

Monday, 23 January 2023

It's a Cheese Flan Day !


                     Up and out to see the Sun rise and hear the birds sing .

                                     Say "Hello ! " to the Primroses .

                                       Bring in some wood .

                                    Get the fire going .

                               Bish !

                                 Bash !

     A mixture of lovely vegetables , onions , tomatoes and a heap of mushrooms .

                                    Bosh !

    And we have a twice the size that I normally make Cheese Flan steaming hot from the oven !

Poached eggs on marmite on toast  with small spoonful of baked beans for brekkers  .

  Do the washing up ...and I mean DO the washing up the sink . Funny how there is never anyone around to catch a tea towel .

                                                 Give the fire a stir .

                               Sit down and enjoy a cuppa tea .

Later on we will take half of this flan over to my daughter and family . Give her a break from cooking today .

The sun is shining here , I can see blue sky through the window . 

I think we might go out for walk , while it's nice . Say "Hello " to the sea . 

It has been a beautiful morning .

Hope you are having a lovely day x Debbie x

Thursday, 19 January 2023

Monkey Puzzle Rescue

 So I spent a whole afternoon battling the brambles that had grown over and under the branches of my little Monkey Puzzle tree and it really is not looking very happy .

Last year , someone thought they were helping by cutting the brambles down , but in reality what they had done was pruned them and now they were flourishing . 

 I managed to clear this side of the fence , but there is still a lot to do .

To one side there is also a young Trachycarpus which also needed protection .

This was just before the bad weather came in . I pruned back some of the branches from the Bay tree and lay them down to surround both the Trachycarpus and the Monkey Puzzle tree  . We will burn those branches as soon as the wind is in the right direction , but for now they'll make for a good windbreak until I can get out to continue the job of tidying this corner and planting more hedging .

I hope not ,but , if I lose that Monkey Puzzle then I do have the third one still waiting in the wings , to replace it . 

This one has two leading shoots , of which I think I will take off one , so it will make a better shaped tree .

It is also looking a bit battered in all this cold , haily , windy weather .

So I have popped it into the shed , just until all these hail and sleet showers have gone .

It's looking happier already !

Other big news -  I sowed my first seeds of the year today .

 Sweet Peppers " Marconi " 

       They were great last year and I remember saying that I wished I had started them off a little bit earlier . So I did !

I also sowed a few Cucumbers which might really be pushing my luck . I have two generous packets of seeds so I can always sow some more if they fail .

In the pot at the end are some cuttings of Jiaogulan roots also known as "the Immortality Plant " which I bought from the expert Vegetable Gardener  Klaus Laitenberger .

I am so excited and pleased to have acquired these and am getting them started on my bedroom windowsill . It is a herb with many health benefits . 

 I had to use slug pellets because there were slug/snails eggs in the compost . I am very excited to see some tiny shoots pushing up already .

                                             I get very excited about such things ! 

                                                      That's all fer now !  Debbie  x