Thanks, Winter

Last day but one of Winter down here. My favourite season, gone for another year.

For the love of Winter: it was the hardest thing about living in Brisbane (Winter? you call that Winter?) and the best thing about living in London.

I chased Winter one year with Adam, right up to Swedish Lapland, it was early March and still a frozen wonderland. We each got on the back of a sled filled with dog food (and little else) and a team of 6 or 7 sled dogs, and led by an insane Norwegian dog musher (who actually had a belt made out of baby seal fur, not kidding) we mushed North for five days.


Does it seem a weird trip for a total animal lover?

Well, I tell you, I've never met happier dogs. They obviously thought Kenneth (the musher) was one of them, but they were uber happy.

Other things I love about Winter?

soup soup soup

GOSH we eat a lot of soup in this house. It's the best way of cleaning out the bottom of the fridge and getting a bunch of vegies into non-vegie-eating three year olds. Here, anyway. I know some kids don't like the texture of soup.

I'm about to go out to the kitchen and make a big batch of broccoli soup before my lovely sturdy green broccoli all goes soft. Dinner for tomorrow night, will just need reheating, and I can carry Ivy around between 5pm and 6pm and not leave her in her little rocking chair at that time, which she really doesn't love.  Just another reason to love Winter, really.

This soup is Cauliflower.




1 onion

3 cloves garlic

splodge of olive oil

1 head of cauliflower, broken up

4 large potatoes, peeled and diced

1.5 litres vegetable stock

salt and pepper


Saute the onion and garlic in the oil. Stir the cauliflower and potato into the onion and garlic then pour over the stock.

The stock should only just cover the vegetables – if you've used a bigger or smaller cauliflower, adjust the volume of stock accordingly.

Cook on low boil for approx half an hour or until the vegetables are soft. Mash or blend with a stick blender if you have one. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Bye, Winter. Love you long time.




5 Comments on “Thanks, Winter

Rachel @ Suburban Yogini
August 30, 2010 at 10:10 pm

And here we are slipping out of summer and into autumn with rain and gale force winds. Delicious! Will totally be needing this soup recipe soon 🙂

Hook and Needle
August 30, 2010 at 10:27 pm

We’re heading into fall too, but right as my little family is moving south, where we’ll likely be without any real snow. It’s the saddest part of the move. I’m a cold weather gal, and getting used to the seasons in “south of the Mason-Dixon” country is going to be rough.

Thanks for the snowy little refresher!

August 31, 2010 at 3:29 am

Yeah, soup. And fires in the fireplace. Cosy slippers. And, ummm, nope, I just can’t do it! Don’t leave me, darling summer!

August 31, 2010 at 3:41 am

My recent success with soup- I didn’t even make it! The other night we had Sainsbury’s Organic Red Lentil Soup, over leftover barley couscous, (how much do I love that there’s wheat-free couscous?!) with a grilled veggie burger patty plunked in the top. And sweet chili sauce. God it was gorgeous. And brilliantly lazy. Henry even ate it, though not a whole meal’s worth, and had gone off it for leftovers the next day.

I do love that soup can have so many textures. Dave ate this one with a fork. Mmmm, soup. Now I’m hungry. We’re waiting on lovely curry takeaway- have upped our takeaway allowance to twice a month in honour of Dave just got promoted and I’m not liking to cook. I’m liking to nap, and put random things in boxes in the middle of a room, with the idea that I’m decluttering.
Miss you.

August 31, 2010 at 4:37 am

The cauliflower soup sounds great, and reminded me of a ‘cauliflower pudding’ recipe I used to make when I was first married around 28 years ago, like a kind of souffle. I’m not much keen on cauli just plain on the plate, but made into stuff, yes. It’s also great in curries.


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