Today has been gloriously Autumnal, and to celebrate this solitary break from the rain, we ventured to Ludlow to walk beneath the castle walls and along the riverbank.
We stumbled upon an Antique Flea Market in the square and bought a charming oil painting for £25 which is really rather dear – I’ve been daydreaming about its provenance and wonder if it might end up being worth a lot more…
I am also rather fond of chairs and cutlery – but as I have acquired a few too many of both of these things I was regrettably persuaded (physically manhandled) to settle for a photo of these shiny spoons instead.
Back from our walk, I have made some warming soup, using up some smoky streaky bacon, and smoked garlic – it is rather hearty and a little bit delicious. Here is my simple recipe –
A large knob of unsalted butter
3 fat cloves of smoked garlic
6 rashers of smoked streaky bacon
2 sticks of celery
1 whole head of broccoli
half a swede
Enough boiling stock to come half way up the vegetables.
Sweat the onions, garlic, bacon and leeks. When these are soft and golden add the roughly chopped vegetables, followed by the boiling stock and cook until the vegetables are tender – liquidise.
I bought a smoked granary loaf on the market which has worked well with the faint smokiness of the soup, alongside some delicious local Oakly Park cheddar.
I forgot to mention that to the soup I added the flesh of a very sweet and small pumpkin that I had bought as an early nod to hallowe’en – I will probably get a much larger one too – I love their impish pumpkin faces winking in the dark. I tried to be clever and roast its seeds to make either a spicy snack or a sweet pumpkin seed brittle – I burnt the seeds.
I almost forgot – my man has been digging up an overgrown flowerbed today and discovered a treasure-trove of potatoes which we have roasted for our supper – yummy scrummy.