Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Times They Are A Changin'

When we started Sunday Soup, we decided to try it for one month and then continue doing it after that for as long as it was still fun. Don't worry, it's still fun, but my life has gotten a lot busier over the last year, as has The Southerner's. It seems like there are more things we'd like to do on the weekends too, and since I work during the week, and The Southerner does a lot of volunteer work on Saturdays, we don't really have a day off to just hang out together...and we like each other, so we want to!

Next week is our third anniversary of our move to Canada. As we have for the last two years, we're having a big pot-luck during Sunday Soup on 26 September. It should be lots of fun! After that, the things are going to change a bit.

First of all, there will be no SS in October. We have a few things planned for a couple of Sundays, so it just makes the most sense to give SS a miss in October. Starting in November, we'll be on a new schedule. We will only have Sunday Soup on the first Sunday of every month. get you through the rest of the year, here's our schedule:
September 26th - potluck
October - No SS
November - SS on 7th only
December - SS on the 5th only

Today was a very nice SS. Kind of quiet. The Southerner made the soup, a yummy black bean, because I was busy off at a woodworking workshop with The Neighbour. We each made very cool cutting boards and we showed them off at SS. The Pastry Chef arrived with her first place ribbon for her dressage competition today too. She won in both her events. Congrats to you, Sous Chef!

And that's about it for this week. Hope to see you at the Potluck!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Double Dose of SS

I forgot to post last week because a friend loaned us his entire box set of Monarch of the Glen and we started watching as soon as the last person was out the door. The Southerner was hooked on the Scottish scenery from the first frame and he wants to move there now. But don't worry. We're not going anywhere. He would freeze to death in Scotland!

I know some of you watch TV regularly. Or at at least occasionally, but we watch TV so rarely we have to dust it off in order to see the screen each time we use it. This week, because of Monarch of the Glen we have watched more hours of TV than we've watched in the last three years combined. And we're only through Season 3 (of 7)! And yes, this is why I did not blog last night too.

Anyway, the soup last week was one of my all time favourites. It was a coconut milk-red-curry vegetable soup. You can put any kinds of veggies in it, and/or tofu. It's really yummy. I can't really remember who came last week because all I can think about are the characters in that TV series. I don't think any of them were here, but I can't be sure.

Oh, wait! We actually did have a guest from Scotland last week. The Sous Chef brought her houseguest who was over here for a visit from Glasgow. I made sure she got some nice English Breakfast tea since everywhere she went on this hippie island all she could find was chai and organic herbal blends. I even sent a tin along with them for their road trip to Banff.

This week, I was going to make a nice coriander scented carrot soup, but when The Southerner saw how many of his homegrown carrots it would take, he got a bit shifty. "All of those? But those are for us.... " It kind of reminded me of how The Pastry Chef let her celery die from frost last year instead of eating it because it was too cute to harvest. Anyway, since carrots were out, I made another of my favourite soups, a yummy red lentil dal soup. And there are lots of leftovers in spite of having a pretty full house last night.

I have to admit that I was planning on letting this blog post slide, but then I saw that The Shark mentioned SS on her blog! The Shark has never been to Sunday Soup, but it's on her list of "Things to do Before I Die" so I expect she will swim into the harbour someday and show up at our door.

There's probably more to tell, but I'm taking the day off from work for Labour Day and it's rainy and cool, so I think I'll go see if The Southerner wants to meet on the couch and watch TV, a book.