Sunday, 5 June 2016

I'm Friggin Mary Berry

Sunday morning...and again it's glorious sunshine!
Breakfast in the sun watched by early morning hikers marching down the lane, is the order of the day.
Classic Fm and Prof mellow in his dressing gown . True some kind soul has laid a turd on the patio, but that's only a minor grumble in an otherwise perfect Sunday.

Trendy Carol ambles past with her terriers , ipad carelessly slung overher shoulder.....We sip coffee swapping schedules for the month. The Prof is away most of the rest of June.
What is on the agenda today?
I'm making soup for lunch.....

Ok.....this is dead easy

1 onion ( fine cut) soften in olive oil with 10 strands of saffron
Add 3 large cups of chicken stock
1 lb of fine cut courgette
Cook on simmer 15 minutes
Add 8oz watercress ( chopped)
Simmer for another 5 mins at least
Heat gently with 3 tablespoons of cream
Season if required

Bloody lovely  


  1. Ahhh, those 3 tablespoons of cream made it ... that was the final finishing perfect touch.

  2. Sometimes the simplest things are the best!

  3. Oh, zucchini! Yummy! I had to google courgette!

  4. I'm not sure what some of the ingredients are, so it's a good thing I don't cook.


  5. With those ingredients, it couldn't fail to be 'bloody lovely'.

  6. Crikey John ....... that sounds great. I too had no idea what a courgette was so thankyou to krayolakris!! Mum says she's going to try that soup. She can't cook for quids so just as well it's easy, aye?? Thanks for stopping by my blog today. That was real nice of you. I hope we can be friends. Your life sounds very interesting to me. I'll be reading more later but for now just wanted to say g'day!!

  7. Wow, sounds delish! And easy. Of course you had me at "cream..."

  8. The all night blogger

    1. That egg btw looks like a fucking disaster.

  9. Looks good, I'll have to try that one day.

  10. FAR too complicated! (But thanks).

  11. Gazpacho is served chilled, but this sounds rather like an English version. Heated to suit the climate !

    1. Except gazpacho has no cream in it , is made of tomatoes lol
      I love adding a drop of cream to isn't enough to interfere with a delicate stomach and it sweetens the broth in a way .. grated parmesan does that also.
      Having a chef fora grandfather and living in the frozen North of NY ... I pretty much lived on hot soups in winter. Now I have to broaden my horizons ... cold soups for the South :)

  12. I am just ipping back to my on line Tesco order to add watercress and courgette so that I can make this - sounds delicious.
    Let me know what you think to my quinoa salad.

    1. Weaver, I tried making a rice salad the other day. I had visitors later that day ... I never got to sit down and enjoy the salad it was gone so fast ! :)
      I will try yours next !

  13. Love soups! This one sounds so good. Have a peaceful day!

  14. Glad you're getting some lovely weather. It's very hard to beat a lovely Summers day in the UK.

  15. That sounds lush. I'll be trying it this week.

  16. Enjoy the rest of the day!

  17. My Lazy Gazpacho soup recipe is easy ..
    fresh tomatoes, cans of tomato juice and a touch of garlic and a half of a cucumber ... into the blender ... voila, gazpacho, sort of.

    1. Try topping it with garlic croutons - delicious !

  18. Your soup sounds lovely John,
    For this heatwave, try chilled cucumber soup, it's gorgeous, and very refreshing too!

    1 medium cucumber
    5 oz (150 g)natural yoghurt
    2½ fl oz (60 ml) soured cream
    1 small clove garlic, crushed
    1 teaspoon lemon juice
    a little milk
    1 level teaspoon chopped fresh mint
    salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Peel the cucumber, but leave some of the green, then slice it fairly thinly.
    Put in a liquidiser along with the yoghurt, soured cream and crushed garlic.
    Blend at the highest speed until smooth.
    Add salt, pepper and lemon juice, briefly blend again, then pour the soup into a tureen and if it seems to be a little too thick, thin it with some cold milk.
    Stir in the chopped fresh mint, cover and chill very thoroughly for several hours before serving.
    Serve straight from the fridge, it's great as a starter!

  19. Being able to have breakfast outside in the sunshine sounds like a fine way to start the day.
    Thank you for the soup recipe...I only need watercress to have all the ingredients on hand. When today's rain showers and storms end tomorrow, I'll visit the shop.
    I usually keep a little container of cream in the fridge. Handy for a finishing touch for many dishes.
    Thanks also to prior commenters for their recipe suggestions.

  20. I m sorry the Prof will be gone all month! And happy that you had a lovely sunny breakfast together, to share. How'd his haircut go?

  21. Oh, why courgette? They are evil, the texture is like chewing concrete!

  22. What's going on with those eggs John?? try poaching them....boiling water, add vinegar, crack eggs in, just flip them slightly so albumen rolls over...3 minutes later.. delicious !

  23. Saffron indeed. Expensive tastes you have. Thank you for you visit and comments.

  24. Sorry about that. I had planned to say "hi," but after the turd, I was too embarrassed to knock.

  25. Lovely soup swapping recipe post.

    And I will stick up for your fried eggs, ours sometimes look just like that, but what folk are forgetting is that eggs from your own birds are so super fresh and tasty that the look of the finished dish is neither here nor there ... the taste is ALWAYS perfection!!


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