onsdag, januar 16, 2013
Cold & comfort
It truly has been very cold here lately, and it feels even colder still with the northerly wind blowing straight from the arctic (or so it seems...), making it very hard indeed to face the elements and leave the comforts of the warm fire and cosy armchair.
But with this treasure in the house, one is really left with now choice. Zara needs her daily walk, and I dare say it is good for me too... So we braced ourselves, and out to the freezing cold we went.
We crossed the small pasture behind our house and headed for the woods, where we enjoyed the game of fetching the stick (well, one of us did the throwing and the other one the fetching...), played hide and seek and were fascinated by the various traces of wildlife in the snow.
After about an hour in the cold both of us were ready to get back. Zara had her eye on the sheepskin in front of the wood burner, while I was rather looking forward to a warm restorative bowl of home made soup. It there really anything more comforting than soup on a cold winter's day?
I made the soup yesterday for our supper, out of home made lamb stock, onion and root veggies (potatoes, carrots and parsnips) from the garden (or rather form the storage now), celery stick, dynamite from the freezer (it works wonders on soups and stews, and not just as an instant winter "salad") and a dash of lemon juice.
Today the flavours were even better, as they had had more time to "settle" overnight. So a bowlful of soup, and I can once again make myself comfortable in the warm cosy chair. Have I ever said winter is not my favourite season...? It really is not that bad. Really!