|Another seven pounds of cherry tomatoes.|
|Add a few simple ingredients.|
|End result, a lovely bowl of steaming soup.|
2 oz of butter.
2 lb of Tomato's, cherry tomato's do not need peeling, larger ones probably do.
1 medium potato, chopped into small cubes.
2 small sticks celery, finely chopped, you can use some of the leaves as well.
1 Medium onion, finely chopped.
2 decent size garlic cloves, chopped.
3 Bay leaves.
3/4 pints of veg or chicken stock
3/4 pints of whole milk and cream, half and half of each.
Freshly ground black pepper.
Sweat the chopped onion until soft and translucent. Do not allow to brown.
Add the rest of the chopped veg and stir so they have a covering of onion butter over them, add the tomato's, add the stock and bay leaves, bring to the boil then cover the pan and simmer for fifteen minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and add ground pepper and salt if needed, according to taste.
Allow to cool then blend through a blender, return to pan and add the milk/cream, reheat and serve with either croutons or grated parmesan cheese.
Enjoy and Smile.
The second batch I have made has now been frozen with more to follow, we will enjoy this in the cold winter months.
|Basket full of plums.|
|Sweet corn free from marauding livestock.|
Last weekend we went to the last of the Secret gardens of Sligo, in fact there were two gardens open and we had planned on visiting the second one on the Sunday, but the weather was awful, not the sort of day to even go out let alone go round a garden. Still there is always next year to look forward to. The one that we did make it to was lovely,
|Impressive onions and carrots.|
Reliability, this simple word, seems to mean different things to different people.
When we lived in Catalonia we quickly learnt that unless it was car repairs never depend on a Spanish trade person to turn up when they said they would or keep to the price that they had quoted, or even do the job that they were supposed to be doing, and never employ a British xpat, especially if it involved building work! So many horror tales that we witnessed, I could fill a book. Consequently the Rumanians quickly became employed, did a good job, on time and cheaply.
In the UK there was a standing joke that if you wanted a plumber find a Polish one, reliable, good workers and turn up when they say.
Here in Ireland we learnt many years ago that it was easier to do the job ourselves, and after one disaster too many we swore that we would never employ anyone to do a job that we could do, given time.
If you try to get a builder they might come and give you a quote, but never at the time that they say they will be with you, not even the same day as they have said, if you are lucky it might be the same week.
The past couple of months I have been trying to get a builder to do a couple of jobs for us. We thought that we had found one, recommended by a friend, good quote and a date was set, this came and went, plus a couple of weeks during which time I tried to contact him and left messages, none of which were replied to. In the end I gave up and set about finding someone else.
In total we have had six quotes, five from Irish companies and one from an English guy who two local Irish people highly recommended, not one of the Irish companies turned up on the appointed day. For the same job, the quotes varied in price by a massive 420%, clearly we were seen as a soft touch by some of them.
The English chap not only turned up on the appointed day, he turned up exactly at the time he said he would be here. He was also the best quote, only by fifty euros, but the main thing is he was ON TIME!.
No prizes for guessing who has been given the job. Hopefully by this time next week we will no longer have a roof that leaks and I will be able to decorate the breakfast room.
|Speckled Wood Butterfly.|