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Fri 26-Feb-10
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KateUK
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Hello Suz- home-made soups are scarily easy to make and , oh , the flavour...and the cheapness...

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Oh, Kate, couldn't agree more - why of why don't they bring back Home Economics into the classroom. The creativity and flavours are endless, quite apart from the cost value and sense of achievement it brings.

I am so grateful that I learned such a lot at school - in presentation, too.

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Our school cook made soup three times a week and the children and staff loved it.  I used to make soup with them too.  They loved it, especially when they had grown some of the ingredients themselves.

I think the best thing about homemade soup is that is it so forgiving.  You can add all sorts of things and get lots of different flavours.  Then adding pasta or rice can make it a meal in itself - tasty. 

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The Home Economics I 'learnt' at school was hopeless- the teacher didn't trust us to behave! So, we did boiled eggs, scrambled eggs,cheese sauce, cheese on toast...scones..pastry...that's it! We spent the rest of the time writing out endless pages of truly exciting theory. Our needlework teacher was similarly backward thinking...no-one was allowed to use the machines unless in the 6th form as they were 'dangerous'- regardless of the fact that many of us started making our own clothes on machines at home when we were 12/13. Hand sewing is a good skill to have, but it was like being in the 19th century. Put me off until I was grown up. Now I'm a very keen cook and hand sewer DESPITE my secondary school teachers- it was the primary school teachers who inspired me.

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I think I'll need to hide once I have said what we did today. Smile

We had a lovely day out, visiting gardens (Forde Abbey and Killerton) that were full of snowdrops and crocuses, and cyclamen coum and a few daffodils. It was sunny a lot of the time, and the showers were light except  for a couple when we were in the car. There was a lot of standing water by the side of the minor roads, and in one place the road was flooded, but it was SUNNY! and out of the wind the sun was WARM!

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I agree that cooking and sewing are basic skills, and everyone should learn them!

The table of equivalent measurements I use dates from a course my Girl Scout troop did when I was 11 to help earn the cooking badge. (It is really useful, and says how much a given measurement of lots of common ingredients weighs.) Then I had to take Home Arts, as it was called, in junior high school. I can't remember if I had been allowed to use my mother's machine before that, but I was afterwards. The cooking was ok, but not exciting.  We did breakfasts the first year, lunches the second--and then it became optional and most of us didn't take it! Offspring had cookery in school, and one did food as part of GCSE technology, which didn't put him off but then he could already cook. Before that, one Christmas holiday I realised everyone but me was getting a break, so I announced that everyone had to cook at least one evening. It worked, even with one still in primary school.

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Well, making soup myself is a new "venture" for me - partly inspired be reading this blog. The ready made ones out here just seem "blah", admittedly I only have a limited selection as my OH is vegetarian and insists on organic. I'm a fan of organic farming too, please don't misunderstand, it's just that I'm more of a "where possible" attitude and OH is "all or nothing" attitude (do any of you have this kind of situation?).

Anyway, have been looking on the BBC Good Food and Delia Online recipe websites. My first attempt was Cream of Broccoli which was damn good, the second was a Winter Root Veg & Bean which was....erm...OK and then the Leek & Potato is attempt number three. Next on the list is a Cauliflower one (oddly I don't think I've even had Cauliflower soup before, is it not popular?).

Brightspark - oats & lemons acquired. Will get baking sheet at the weekend (hopefully).

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V. envious of your day out Barbara!

Suz- Cauliflower soup...make sure it is a very fresh cauliflower or it could be rather strongly flavoured  and   affect your innards mightily. A hole in the ozone layer may  appear above your house.

My achievement today was to adapt some old socks to be big-toeless so that the rest of my feet can stay warm, despite the mighty toe bandages. Currently the feet are officially toasty hot. Hurrah!

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Yes, I'm very envious too. No snow here today, although yesterday I was quite scared as I was almost in the ditch, slewing across the road and at one point totally stuck.  It was really scary.  300 yards down the road no trace of any snow.  Today has been miserable, wind and icy rain.

I've been getting ready for my wee trip away tomorrow.  I'm going to Nick Nairn's  Cook School for the day and having a night in Aberfoyle. I'm really looking forward to learning new recipes and techniques.

 My dogs are just about ready to go with my friend who lives nearby and he will also feed the rest of the livestock.  Back on Sunday.  Just hope the roads are fine in the morning. 

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Have a great day Danast

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Suz said:

Next on the list is a Cauliflower one (oddly I don't think I've even had Cauliflower soup before, is it not popular?).

Brightspark - oats & lemons acquired. Will get baking sheet at the weekend (hopefully).


Hi Suz - looking forward to hearing about the results!

We were served some cauliflower soup in a restaurant in France - very small portions in shot glasses! It was good, though - the little we had Laugh !

Sound of cookies being baked makes me want to cook. I will be cooking a big lasagne for the family for tonight, and probably an apple crumble, which everyone loves!

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Have a great weekend Danuta, looking forward to hearing about your achievements ..Smile

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Well Brightspark I am just off to do an apple crumble too and my achievement for the day is I posted off my assignment. I hate references Steam

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Have fun Danuta! Bring us all back something delicious.

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I actually got round to doing a bit of painting/drawing this afternoon for the first time in ages.

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I also dared to re-dress my toes. Supposed to do it every day and after seeing the state of them yesterday at the hospital I was rather dreading it...courage mustered by the afternoon, all washed and bandaged- until tomorrow.

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