Saturday, August 15, 2015

Fall-like Weather and Soup Making

Yesterday we had our first serious hint of fall. Up until Friday, the week had been pretty miserable: it was warm, muggy, and not cooling off at night, but on Friday we finally, FINALLY cooled off and got some strong showers and wind.

I took advantage of a cooler house to quickly cook something that I can eat over the next week. Had I gone to the store and actually followed a recipe it might have been a better meal but I didn't want to leave the house because:

  1. I was lazy
  2. I need to be studying in a serious way
  3. I was waiting for my September Vogue which never showed up

so...I used what I had in the house.

Since I can't seem to grow anything but tomatoes and beans this year, I only had store carrots to go into the base.

By the way, on Thursday night I did a sad "why can't I grow zucchini" search on the Internet. There is practically a support group for this problem. I did not know that zucchinis need both boy and girl flowers, and some fanatics out there actually do their own pollinating of flowers!

I will have to think about this. At least I can grow tomatoes this year, which also went into the soup. Except for those Roma looking things...despite their inviting outsides they were terrible on the inside. I have no idea what is going on with them.

Every time I do a "kitchen sink" soup project I think of my Dad and that is not a good childhood memory. Hahahahaha. But clearly I have the same desire to throw a lot of things together that is reasonably edible, but with a lot less black pepper (sorry Dad).

Anyway, while I was cooking and studying, the rain came in and it just poured. Leela stationed next to the pellet stove in case, and worried.

Eventually she stationed next to Nim. I think she has this hopeful thought that he will save her.


  1. I hope the bear didn't take your Vogue!

  2. A support group for zucchini growers is too funny but maybe with some help from them next year you will be more successful.

    1. I guess. I am sad I won't be growing my several hundred pound pumpkin I had hoped for too. :) The bear probably would have broken down the fence anyway to eat it, so it is just as well.

  3. I have never heard of anyone not being able to grow them, they are like weeds! LOL

  4. I wonder if there is a support group for people who can't grow chard? Ours came out tiny and bitter and cost about 40000x more per serving what it would to just go to the store and buy some that actually tastes good. I think that was a one time experiment for us! But your Fall Meal sure looked good!

    1. Man...don't get my started on the lettuce group. I have to hide my head in shame. Everyone I know can grow greens but me, and really, in the Seattle area that should be an easy crop. Mine never make it.

  5. The soup looks good. Fall! You're so lucky to have a hint of it.