"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers." ~ Charles W. Eliot
"This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook - try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!" ~ Julia Child
"She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain." ~ Louisa May Alcott

Monday, March 26, 2012

Welsh leek and potato soup

We love soup year round. This soup is very hearty. One bowl fills you right up...

Welsh leek and potato soup

1/4 lb. / 125g bacon in chunks
2 to 3 leeks
4 potatoes
2 tbsp / 30g butter
2 vegetable bouillon tablets
2 cups / 500ml hot water
1 cup / 250ml milk
fresh ground pepper
grated favorite cheese

Melt butter in a large pan or Dutch oven. Fry the bacon.

While the bacon is cooking, wash leeks well and slice them into chunks. This is a country style soup so do not slice too finely. Peel and cut the potatoes into chunks.

Add the leeks and potatoes to the pan and cook until the leeks are glassy looking. Now add two bouillon tablets and hot water. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and cover. Allow to boil gently until the potatoes are soft, about 15 minutes. Add the milk and heat again but do not boil.

Serve with a topping of generous freshly ground pepper, grated cheese and a nice chunk of bread.

Note: I do not add salt as I find the bacon and bouillon tablets give enough salt. You can add salt if you feel it needs it.

Bon appetit or eet smakelijk!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Trust Me, I'm A Vet

I have been in what I can only refer to as a reading depression lately. I am reading but in the slowest tempo you can imagine and very sporadic. I think my trying to get as many projects finished as possible in 2012 with my handwork (see my other blog) has affected my reading lately. I did however finish a fun book and can finally share this one with you.

It is Trust Me, I'm A Vet by Cathy Woodman. This modern day James Harriot is the young woman Maz Harwood from London who goes to the country town of Talyton St. George to fill in for school friend Emma who goes on a long term break from her small animal practice. What she does not tell Maz is that the practice is in trouble financially after warning her about a fierce rivalry with the Talyton Manor Vets owned by the Fox-Giffords. Will Maz be able to keep the practice afloat until Emma returns and find a sense of belonging in this country setting? 

I am a long time fan of James Harriot and perhaps that is why I could not resist this book. It was enjoyable and made me long to give a little kiss on the head of the cats and dogs along with Maz. 

Happy reading!