By the fire one should drink ale, one should slide over the ice.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Ahh, it is climbing above freezing this afternoon, and there is a little sunlight, so it's all good. I had to chip out the water from the birdbath this morning, although not all in one go. First, a bucket of hot water, some chipping, then another bucket and on and on. I won't let that happen again. Instead, I will tip the basin when I think it will freeze and start fresh the next day with more water. The chickens have a deeper, water reservoir, so ice is not as much an issue. Also, theirs is an indestructible, livestock bucket that I can tip over and hammer from the bottom to release the ice. No, this chore is not pleasant when a cold wind is blowing off the river, but it is definitely VITALIZING!
I made garden soup this morning, and I have pics!
The first picture is my collection bucket straight from the garden. This is also my water bucket. [Notice the 2 gallon jug filled with beans in my background. I finished the shelling!]
Below, my second picture is of the ingredients nearly ready for the pot,
carrots, potatoes, onion, sage, kale and Swiss chard. I boiled small
potatoes in their skins in one pot and chopped carrots in another.
Salted both. When the carrots were soft, I added the kale, Swiss chard,
onions and sage and boiled until the onions were translucent. When the
potatoes were super soft, I drained then roughly mashed them with a
fork, which gave me chunks and mashed, which I wanted for making the
soup creamy in place of using a dairy product i.e. making roux.
Last, I combined everything, checked the salt by taste, added pepper and let it simmer a while longer.
I had a bowl of my garden soup with a fat slice of bread and butter on the side while I watched the first half of the k-state/okla game and plan to eat another bowl for my dinner during a later game. Best cold-Saturday, football-watching soup ever? Probably!