Saturday, November 13, 2021

The Garden

 I've got a lot of cabbage from the garden. If you remember, I planted 3 this year. Last year I planted cabbages which were eaten by groundhogs pushing under the fence. Much to my surprise, they came up this year along with the 3 cabbages that were intentionally planted. 

A lot of cabbage for two people, one of whom is pretty sure that he doesn't like cabbage. (Except that when I cook it, he does eat it and pronounces it 'delicious'. I think he means that he doesn't like sauerkraut, which is a whole 'nuther thing). 

When cold weather hits, we eat a lot of soup in this house. I throw the ingredients into the crock pot, let it simmer all day, and get home to supper pretty much ready to put on the table. Just out of curiosity, I googled 'cabbage soup', and found a recipe for a cabbage vegetable soup. It called for a rotisserie chicken, shredded, and chicken broth, which is strange to me.  I just  simmered a chicken breast over night to make my own good broth, chopping the chicken while I waited for my morning coffee to brew. The recipe called for celery, onions, carrots, navy beans, tomatoes, and cabbage along with the seasonings and I had them all in a bowl that I pulled from the fridge, and dumped in with the chicken broth and chicken. 

With the exception of celery, I'd grown every one of those things in the garden, and it was an amazing thing to assemble a meal from the labor of our own hands. 

When I came home from work, the house smelled wonderful. Simmering soup is all the air freshener a house needs, I think. 

Tim walked in from the living room. "I had a bowl of that soup for lunch, Man. It is delicious." 

As we ate supper, I had to agree with him. 

12 comments:

  1. Making a meal from your garden must be gratifying. The soup sounds scrumptious.

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  2. Your soup sounds delicious. Just what you need now its getting colder.

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  3. I can smell it here - can you ship a bowl over please

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  4. The soup sounds wonderful, minus the chicken/broth, of course. I normally roast cabbage and onion seasoned with olive oil, S&P, garlic powder, and smoked paprika. The leftovers make a yummy soup with added carrots and some miso stirred in at the last.

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  5. That must feel wonderful to know where almost all your ingredients came from. My mom used to make a very similar soup(minus the chicken) and it was delicious. I love soup in fall/winter! My specialty is chili which I should make soon.

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  6. I love using the crockpot for soups! The house smells wonderful and you don't have to fuss at dinner time - it is waiting for you!
    That is terrific that you grew most of your ingredients! Well done!

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  7. Nothing better than home made soup. Yours sounds wonderful.

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  8. Cabbage is good stuff especially sauer kraut that my Dad used to make,

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  9. Gosh! I haven't done anything with cabbage in such a long time. My mother used to make cabbage rolls and coleslaw. Soup sounds wonderful. I just made chicken soup which will probably last 3-4 days. I overdid it.

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  10. I only make two soups, cauliflower and sweet potato, but I haven't done that for some time. I should do it again.

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  11. I'm with Tim on sauerkraut -- not my thing at all. But I love cooked cabbage.

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