Sunday, June 2, 2013

There's Still Time

If you didn't make it to Sunday Soup today, there's technically still time. You have 32 minutes at the writing of this. But since everyone who came so far has already left, I've sort of cleaned up and the Southerner is playing me tunes on his electric guitar. Yep, we're rocking out here the last half hour of SS. Bet those of you who left you wish you'd stayed longer! We're breaking out the wine next.

The winds came last night and blew away all our clouds and rain, leaving us with sunshine and blue sky. If you're a real Canadian, you'd probably even think it was warm. The Southerner and I had to bundle up to join everyone else on the porch, but the white bean soup was warming. And due to me being half asleep when I made the bread a slight technical error there was an awful lot of bread. I accidentally made three loaves instead of the usual two. I know, you may be wondering, as were the Fleece Lady and the Musician, how I managed that. The Irish One thought I put two loaves in the oven and opened it to find three, which is infinitely more interesting and imaginative than what actually happened. I accidentally put in an extra cup of water so then I had to add more flour, yeast, and salt, thus three loaves.

All in all, a very relaxed and quiet Sunday Soup. Hope you all had a lovely weekend. See you in July!

Monday, May 6, 2013

A Wonderful 5th Anniversary of Sunday Soup

I didn't post in April because we had to cancel SS at the last minute. All is well though, so not to worry. Yesterday was the 5th anniversary of Sunday Soup which was something to really celebrate! I broke out all the stops and made two soups and a cake. Because our dishwasher's on the fritz, the Southerner washed dishes like mad on both Saturday and Sunday while I cooked. I was so exhausted on Saturday night that he made the bread, too, because honestly, the Southerner is a true and shining star.

We had a glorious spring day here on the island, and almost everyone hung out on the deck. The Brit and the Actor stayed inside, holding court around the dining table, and taste-testing all the treats as they came in. We had at least one Sunday Soup virgin, and lots of regulars, plus a few who always mean to come, but have busy Sundays of their own, so they made a special effort (that's you, Architect and Builder). We were so pleased to see everyone.

Every year on the anniversary of Sunday Soup, we hold a canned soup drive for the local food bank and this year, we brought in 49lbs of creamed corn from the Actor wonderful canned goods! The Southerner took this great photo. Thank you to everyone for being such wonderful friends to us, and such generous people, too! We love you all.

Oh, in case you're wondering, the soups were mushroom onion, which is one of the few recipes I actually follow (from Canadian Living magazine), and one I made up entirely called Curried Cream of Vegetable w/coconut and cilantro. As usual, the Fleece Lady determined that these were the best soups ever. She's good to have around, that one!

Here's to many more Sunday Soups!

Monday, March 4, 2013

A Musical Sunday

Yesterday was a particularly great Sunday Soup, assuming you like music and cake. And really...who doesn't? We had some new attendees this time, and I will call them...the Folkie and...I'm not sure what to call his wife. I don't know her very well yet, so for now I will call her the Navigator because they are on the road a lot, and she travels with him. Also, the Southerner gave her that name, so if it doesn't fit, then it isn't my fault! Once I know her better, I'll give her a new name.

Anyway, the Musician, the Southerner, and the Folkie all got together early to play some tunes. For the first hour or so, the Navigator and I made up the appreciative audience, but then the English Gentleman and the Actor arrived and sat on the couch and listened as well. We didn't actually start eating soup until around five o'clock, when more people arrived and stomachs were growling.

Last week was the Pastry Chef's birthday, and so I made her a very special cake. She turned nineteen, which in Canada is the legal drinking age, so I soaked her chocolate cake in Bailey's Irish Cream. I also put a secret ingredient in it, which I didn't tell her about until after she'd eaten it because I was pretty sure she'd turn her nose up at it. Sauerkraut. It's great in cake...keeps it moist and gives it a nice texture and the flavour is totally lost, so it's not like eating it on a veggie hotdog or anything. I was right, she almost didn't finish her piece once she found out. It was delicious though, so more for me!

The Fleece Lady is away, so we missed her, and didn't see the Neighbour, either, but some of the usual suspects arrived later in the day, bringing wine and chocolate. And a couple of friends who had never come to SS also showed up. It was a merry crowd!

The soup was one of my favourites, a dal soup with lemon and cilantro. And the bread was the usual. I forgot to blog for February, but the soup then was white beand and carrot.

Next month, the Southerner and I both have birthdays, and the Actor informed me that since his is at the end of March, he'll have his cake at the next SS, too, so I'm thinking it will be a cake extravaganza next month. I wonder if there's a recipe for cake soup?

Thanks to Google, I did find this "accidental" cake soup recipe.  I dont' think I'll try it, though.

Hope to see you next month!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Happy New Year...better late than never

I just realized I never did a post for January's Sunday Soup. Ummm...I can't really remember it, now. And yes, it was just two weeks ago on the 6th. Let's see...we had a houseful. The soup was potato leek. I made garlic knots, which were a big hit. There was chocolate, friends, laughter, and of course, all in all, I guess it must've been a pretty good one!

Happy New Year! May 2013 be a wonderful year for your all!