Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Chicken soup on a rainy day

More rain today which is more than can be said for other areas in the UK which are now officially in drought. Let's hope the situation eases up a bit as it really doesn't look good for crops and drinking water levels. So, we definitely mustn't grumble about the additional rainfall in these parts and instead warm our bellies with chicken-noodle soup after walking the dog. After Sunday's roast chicken dinner I made stock out of the bones etc to be used as the base of our soup. From Saturday's lasagne (also homemade) we had some pasta left which hubby cut into strips and dried - these strips were added to the soup a couple of minutes before serving. I don't know what it is about chicken soup but it is just so comforting and nourishing!

Talking of comforting & nourishing...I am thinking of what to plant in the vegetable patch this year. It's only our second season, so it's all very much an experiment. I was thinking potatoes, carrots, lettuce, onions, garlic (if it's not too late to get this in the ground), tomatoes and possibly broad beans...we'll see! It's not a big patch, so I need to plan how to use the space properly, although the potatoes will not be in the raised bed but in grow bags since we had very good results with these last year. There'll also be the blueberry bushes which will hopefully carry lots of fruit this year. I can't wait to get out there and get everything ready, the first seeds planted and to watch everything come to life.

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