It's been good weather for knitters. Wool socks, wool gloves and fingerless gloves, wool scarfs and hats, wool sweaters are just the thing (inside and out!) for weather like this. And I of course, have a ready supply!
My wools have been getting a work out—so I really don't really have to much to complain about.
But what I've missed is soup. I have some (and have eaten some of what I've made, but I haven't made enough (quanity or varieties!)
Yesterday I stopped off at the local library—for it's hour long knitting group (they are all beginners, and whiles the individual are interesting, the knitting is a bit boring). On the way home, I stopped at one of the bigger of the several local vegetable store, and managed, in short order, to buy $10 worth of veggies. A neat feat when the prices are so low.
My haul includes 5 lb of potatoes (Idaho russets, my favorite)3 red (Korean style) medioum sweet potatoes, half a dozen beets, a medium sized butternut squash, a 1lb. pack of spinach, 4 lb of sweet red peppers, and 2 large Haas avocados—oh yeah, and a dozen eggs.
The local green grocers are very competitive—and the prices are 50% to 70% less than major food chains. The 4lbs of peppers (way to many really!) were $2! but they were package a bag, and it was all or nothing.. so I bought them all.
A good portion of the veggies are destined to be made into soup.
First a Russian style borscht; Beets mostly, but also some onions, parsnips, carrots and potatoes, and a small quantity of slivered lean roast pork. There used to be (maybe there still is) a lovely little Estonian restaurant in the east village – I first had Russian style borscht there—Unlike vegetarian borscht, this soup is a winter soup served hot.
Most of the spinach will be used with curried chicken—one of my favorite combinations—but that will be as an entree, not a soup. Some of the spinach will be reserved for a chicken/sweet potato/coconut milk curried soup.
I haven't make the chicken sweet potato soup yet. I don't usually make curry with a prepared curry powder, but I will need get some for the soup. (DID!) I have some pompadoms in the pantry, and mmm, they will be nice with the soup!)
I have one left over container of Onion soup, and 2 of carrot ginger, and some canned soups, too. So I am not soup less, though canned soups don't compare with home made soups.
I also have some bacon and navy beans—I am not much of a bean fan.. (Well, I like black bean soup, and lentil soup--but not bean salad, or baked beans, very much) But I make a big exception for US Senate navy bean soup—I don't much like ham, so I never have a handy ham bone or left over ham or shank bones—so I sub smoked bacon--even with the substitute of bacon for ham, it's a great soup.
I think the bean soup will have to wait till the new year..My freezer will be full with the other soups.
Well I better get cooking!