Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Cold Weather Comfort

You know it's cold when you step out onto the back deck and a sound like a gunshot is heard!  This is what happened to hubby this morning when he tried to see why the thermometer inside wasn't registering the temperature.  It was 8 degrees F by the time it warmed up enough for the digital reading and by gosh, we're all the way up to 12 by lunch time.
I'm stuck at my desk until the end of the month compiling year end annual reports for the horticultural societies in my district and judging applications for the Master Gardener provincial Awards of Excellence. (hope it's not a secret that I'm on the judging committee)  It's all volunteer hours and when gardening is your passion, it leads to open doors where you least expect them.
To help withstand the cold winter weather, there's nothing like comfort food and homemade soup is one of them.
 Cream of broccoli soup I made this morning which is very basic:  sauté an onion and clove of garlic in a bit of oil, (I use coconut) add a container of vegetable broth, a cut up broccoli, 2 cubed potatoes, 1/4 cup of red lentils, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp thyme, 1 tbsp dill and 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper. Grate some cheese over top, add croutons if desired.
Soup and a sandwich for lunch is very fulfilling and the bread is a fruit and nut rye I like (only 140 cal. for 2 slices) with a slice of ham on it.
Bloggers all over have been purchasing tulips for a touch of colour and promise of spring, as did I.
A combination of pastel pink and lavender, my favourite spring colours
Bon appétit my friends!  For those who are having the frigid temperatures as we are in Ontario, I hope you stay warm and find your own cold weather comfort.
Linking with Home at Rose Chintz Cottage.

27 comments:

Crafty Gardener said...

Such a delicious and warming lunch for today. Despite the frigid temperatures, the sun is bringing some happiness into our world. It isn't warming us up, just brightening us up.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

It was cold here this morning. Warming up the car to go visit Dad at the nursing home the car said the temperature was -18celcius. Valerie

Vee said...

I'm trying to imagine the subtle flavor of coconut with this yummy looking soup. Exactly right...the sound of gunshots across the northern part of the continent I think as that's just what happened when I stepped out on the deck this morning. There's a whole lot of snap, crackle, and pop going on.

The tulips are lovely!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Judith your soup looks SO yummy! Yes I also love soup when the weather is cold.

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Pamela Gordon said...

You have a busy job and big responsibility with the horticultural society Judith. I'm sure it brings you pleasure and helps to pass the winter months. The soup sounds delicious and the tulips are gorgeous. I love the colours you chose. Stay warm. Pam

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

It sounds like you have a big responsibility with the H Society, Judith, but I'm sure you are enjoying it.
Now I could sure go for a bowl of this soup. It is -19 here right now. I love broccoli and it really sounds good.
I picked up some tulips today myself. Fresh flowers always perk up a room especially this time of year.
Thank you for joining me at my HOME party and have a wonderful rest of the week.

Blessings,
Sandi

Rosita Vargas said...

Realmente exquisito me encanta esta sopa tiene un aspecto perfecto y delicioso,abrazos y abrazos

Magnolia Cottage said...

Hi Judith,
Your soup sound delicious. Thanks for sharing. I love broccoli soup! It's one of my favorites. Your tulips are so pretty and look great on your table. I have seen lots of tulips on everyone's blogs too. Such a beautiful spring flower. Today was -15 and a good day to stay indoors. Stay warm!
hugs,
Lisa

Marissa said...

Hate to say this, but it was a cool 78 degrees here in South Texas! I got up and the first place I went was to the local nursery! I bought and planted Sweet Asylum,Larkspur,and inpatients..I had missed being out yard planting and pulling weeds..

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Oh dear, I was feeling sorry for myself as the temp here is is single digits. At least we are on the positive side of zero! You sound like your judging duty is a labor of love. Keep thinking ahead to warmer planting days! Linda

Beth said...

Hi Judith, It definitely is soup weather. Yours looks great! I recently made baked potato soup and chicken vegetable soup, and we had leftovers so I ate soup twice today! It's cold here too. Can't wait till spring.
Beth

Eileen said...

Gorgeous tulips! I've got a bunch, too, on my desk :)

Nell at njschout said...

Judith, that soup looks delicious for a cold wintry day! Hope you stay warm. : )

Everyday Things said...

Hi judith, we have so much in common in spite of living so far away from each other... I LOVE the little carry on pic youhave and yes,keep calm and put the kettle on is a wonderful one! I havent seen that one before. Then its the lavender. I have lavender all over my garden - must post some more photos in to show you sometime and I do have a few varieties growing there although one recently gave up the ghost in the heat! it was burnt! ok have just joined your blog! see you soon here! will beback to visit!

Nadia Ameri said...

That sounds like a delicious recipe. I am a big soup fan. I could eat soup every day all winter long.

CatieAn said...

The soup and sandwiches look so yummy and the tulips are beautiful.
They arent out in the stores here yet but hopefully soon will be.
catiean

Jacqueline said...

Yes we were 16 today. Soup bread and tulips what a prescription for fighting frigid weather. The tulips are wonderful. How fum to be the judge too .
On the yeast. I looked it up and it saud use rapid rise or bread makers yeast. It is the same .

podso said...

As the soup looks good and what a pretty color. And the tulips just add to the beauty of it. We've finally got some read cold weather too! I'm loving it but it's probably because I know it's short lived.

Olga said...

That's a nice and hearty meal. And the bouquet of tulips is so cheerful.
Brr, I can't even imagine weather that cold. Stay warm and healthy!

kitty said...

I know that delicious soup and sandwich helps warm the heart and soul, Judith. The burst of tulips sure lifts up the spirit.

Graceful Rose said...

Judith, thanks for visiting my blog. I love your blog, (I love lavender or purple myself). Your soup looks delicious for a cold day like we have been having. I will be following you now. Have a great week and may God Bless.

High Heeled Life said...

Judith ... perfect lunch for the cold weather we have been experiencing. Cream of broccoli is one of my fav soups!! Stay warm..xo C. (HHL)

Graceful Rose said...

Thanks Judith, I love tea parties, I hope to join in soon.

Tammy said...

Yikes! That's too cold for me. I love sou! And your broccoli soup sounds and look delicious! Even that bread looks good (though I don't eat meat). :) You certainly seem to have your work cut out for you with the horticultural society. Wishing you all the best. Have a fabulous Friday! Tammy

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Now THAT is what I would call a truly wonderful lunch! It is so full of vitamins and deliciousness!

YUM.

Good luck with getting all that work done, sounds intense!

Angela McRae said...

Sounds like MY kind of soup recipe, as I adore all things broccoli!

Bernideen said...

A wonderful meal for a cold winter day!

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