Saturday, May 19, 2012

And the week flew by....

This week passed by as they do with highlights and low moments but at the end of it I feel a deep sense if fulfilment in my home. Let's start outdoors shall we?

Shade spreads over a 3rd of our growing area in winter.
Peas spiralling up the spiral.
Asparagus which will be cut back this week and mulched now that its turning brown.
A new way to do soldiers for dippy delicious.
A cleaned countertop with my current favourite cookbook. Superman moved a small hi-fi into the kitchen for me so I can play my music off my iPhone while I cook.
Lavender picked in a friend's garden, drying, to be used in soap making tomorrow.
Last pumpkins from summer harvest used in a delicious soup.

Citrus and honey roast pumpkin soup:
I had one large and one small ghostrider pumpkin left from our harvest and used it this week to make a delicious soup with my homemade chicken stock. Slice the pumpkins into wedges and remove seeds.

Melt enough butter for basting and add to it zest of one orange, 1 tablespoon of cumin, 2 tablespoons of honey and then brush over pumpkin pieces. Roast these at a high temperature until soft.

In the meantime, melt some butter in a pan and fry two chopped onions and if you have some sweet potato.

Add 1 liter of chicken or beef stock and simmer slowly until pumpkin is cooked.

When the pumpkin is cooked, remove the skin and add to the stock.

Use a stick blender to smooth. Add 250ml cream and mix well. Serve with croutons or whatever you wish.


Lois Evensen said...

The asparagus wrapped in bacon looks delish! The lavender looks lovely. I hope I get a good crop of lavender this year to make crocheted sachets. They sell out of my Etsy shop every year. One of the things that make them pretty special is that I grow and dry the lavender myself.

Cath said...

More than usual, this post made me feel as if I was popping in for a quick visit for tea. I think it must be your kitchen counter pic. xxx

africanaussie said...

I now always roast pumpkin before making soup - it adds a lovely depth of flavor.

Monika said...

Wow lavender soap. Do you have a favorite recipe? This will be the first year we will be home when my lavender blooms. I would like to take advantage of it! Can you share?

Wendy said...

Hi Monika I will put the recipe up this weekend. I wish we had more lavender at home but we only have 3 plants in flower.