Today has been blustery, with bursts of sunshine, warm enough but with a cooler edge to the air which signals that autumn is well under-way, children are back at school, plans are being made, changes are imminent. I feel that September much more than January is my ‘new year’, since my life still revolves around the English academic timetable, and it is always a time for new beginnings – this year especially so, as I go to France in just over a week. I always make new hopes, plans, ‘resolutions’ of a kind in September and, looking back, I really achieved a lot last year.
One of the lovely things about autumn (that I’m always going on about!) is the comforting prospect of soups. So I thought I’d start the season with the classic soup: Leek and Potato, just using a very simple recipe from here. This was the first soup I ever liked when I was a child. What is it about it that everyone loves so much? Perhaps that it’s cheap to make, filling, and plain and simply perfect. I believe in good food, which doesn’t have to be complicated!
As an accompaniment, I did a little freezer-foraging and grilled some bacon for a salad which consists of lamb’s lettuce, new potatoes, red onions, spring onions, cucumber and some tasty fried halloumi as a treat, one of my latest discoveries. But I would also recommend home-made bread of course, which my mum now makes as part of our staple diet – we don’t buy bread any more at all! I shall have to ask her to do a bread-making post at some point.
I went for a lovely long walk earlier with Truffle, and did a bit of foraging (blackberries & elderberries, avoiding the earwigs eeucchhh!) and a little bit of filming. I have so much to share this week! So stay tuned :).