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We were supposed to have company this weekend.  Daddy’s best friend Keith, from Centralia College, and family were supposed to be up from London.  Their little girl is 2 and they have a little guy turning 1 this month.  Ella was so looking forward to playing with Rachel.  She even went through her toys and put away all the little stuff that Brandon couldn’t have.  But poor Rachel has been fighting off a cold for a week or so and now it’s turned to pneumonia.

It’s turned out to be a much quieter weekend than expected.  I’m actually home alone tonight.  Ella and I went over to Grandma’s to cut grass this afternoon.  When it was time to come home she asked to stay.  So I said yes.  Colin and Dad are going to the tractor pull over in Beachburg tonight.  I was invited, but a tractor pull is about the last place you’d find me -too loud for starters.  I forget how much admission is, but I’d be better to save my admission money and buy wool  🙂

I had a cauliflower that I was going to gratin to have with the roast chicken but since there’s no company I won’t.  So I turned the cauliflower into soup for Grandma.  I know this is an odd time of year to be thinking about soup, but I like to make soup when the vegetables are fresh and then pop them into the freezer for winter enjoying.  Here’s a couple of our favourites.

Cream of Cauliflower or Broccoli

2T butter                                            3 c cauliflower/broccoli, chopped fairly small

1 onion, sliced                                 1 c beef broth

1 c potato, sliced                            2 c milk, any kind we usually have 2%

2 T butter                                          2 T cornstarch

salt & pepper

Saute onions in butter until soft.  Add in potatoes and broth.  Simmer, covered, until soft.  Add vegetables and simmer 5 minutes.  Blend carefully -the blender will try to spit.  Separately, melt butter and add cornstarch.  Carefully add milk, salt and pepper.  Stir till fairly thick.  Add pureed vegetables.  Do not boil.

Tomato Soup

3 T butter or bacon fat                        3 onions, chopped

2 lbs ripe tomatoes, chopped but not peeled

1 t sugar                                                   1/2 t salt, to taste

1 c chicken stock

Saute onions until golden.  Add tomatoes, sugar, salt and stock.  Simmer, covered, until soft; about 30 minutes.  Blend in the blender, again be careful.  It’s best to cover the blender lid with a tea towel and hold on tight.  Also, don’t over fill the blender jar.

Kartoffel Suppe (potato soup)

2 c potatoes, sliced -about 6 medium

1 garlic                                          1 onion, chopped fine           2T butter

3 c salted water                        3 c milk, again whatever is in the house

3 T cornstarch                          3 T butter or bacon fat

salt and pepper to taste

Saute onions in butter until soft and golden.

In another pot, boil potatoes and garlic in the water until tender.  Remove garlic and put the potatoes through a ricer (save water).  Add potatoes and onions back to cooking water.   In another pot, melt butter/fat.  Add in cornstarch and carefully blend in milk.  Stir till fairly thick.  Add to potato mixture and simmer.  Do not boil.  This soup is very good with homemade garlic croutons.

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