Thursday, 5 May 2016

Seems like a plan!

Need Some Inspiration? Try Bread!

Caramel Pumpkin Butter-filled Braided Brunch Bread

Food on Friday: Bread was just fantabulous!  To see all the delightful breads at a glance I suggest you head over to this Pinboard. I have selected a few to inspire you today.
The pic at the top is from the lovely Kirsten of Farm Fresh Feasts – Caramel Pumpkin Butter-filled Braided Brunch Bread

These Mini Smorgastartas by Jo and Sue are simply delightful.

White Chocolate Apricot Bread by Sweet Nothings – what's not to love!

Zucchini Orange Bread by Grandparents Plus – zucchini and orange!

Linda of With a Blast contributed her great Croque-Monsieur French Toast

Finishing off with Pretzel Rolls by That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

How would I know?

Bacon & Courgette Soup

Carole's Chatter: Bacon & Courgette Soup

I guess you could call this Bacon & Courgette Soup cheap and cheerful.

I made the broth with a bag of peelings and tired vegetables.  I throw them into a plastic bag in the freezer and haul them out as required.

I just simmered these in clean filtered water over night along with a bacon hock.  These are quite inexpensive where we are.

I didn't add any aromatics at all and no salt.

When the bacon was cooked I took it out and shredded the meat and set it aside in the fridge ready for use the next day.  I threw out the skin at this stage but left the bones to simmer on.

The next day just sieve your stok and throw out the vegetables and bones – you have retrieved their nutrition by then.

To finish the soup, add back the bacon, a thinly sliced courgette (zucchini) and some fish sauce (to the degree of saltiness you like).

I decided to add sour cream but have had trouble with it splitting in the past. This time I put a little of the stock into a small bowl and stirred through the sour cream and then added it to the stock.  This was mostly successful.

One last check for seasoning and then you are done – I added basil on top as a garnish.  The soup was fine – not a thick one but nutritious.