Sunday, 30 September 2007

Autumn's Arrival...

reminds me of the kind of cooking I like doing...soups and stews and bread. In the summer, it's too hot for such fare, but I'm sitting writing this and smelling the wonderful scent of a slowly simmering soup (leek and tattie (potato to the non Scots among us!)). Healthy, filling fat, very little salt, low in calories; those of us trying to Lose Weight Through Eating Healthily find these things Very Important! Just veg and water. Yum.

Joining the soup pot out of the cupboard is my slow cooker (crockpot). In there, there is diced pork, with peppers, onions, carrots, tomatoes, mixed herbs, smoked paprika, garlic...that doesn't smell bad, either, and it will taste great (she said modestly...).

Bread, though, I haven't made for a while, and it brings me back to the buy a bread machine, or not to buy a bread machine. I suspect, on the one hand, that if I did buy a machine, I'd use it. On the other hand, it feels a bit like an unnecessary expense (a bit like a yoghurt 'machine', when all you need is a bowl, some live yoghurt and a warm place...). There's nothing like a bit of hand kneading for getting rid of stress... And I do have some lovely bread recipes... And it doesn't take all that long to do by hand... Oh, decisions, decisions... I'm off to stir the soup.


Martha Marshall said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, Marion! It was lovely to have you. Ahhh, Leek and Potato Soup - one of my all-time favorites. And here in Florida it's summer six months of the year (not fun after a while, I'll assure you!) but I still make soup no matter what the temperature is outside.

I love making bread, and the whole thing of kneading it and watching it rise. But I also have a bread machine that the kids took up a collection for and surprised us with one Christmas. I use it quite a bit -- it assures that I can have bread any time I want, even if I'm rushed otherwise.

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