Last night our home was redolent with the aroma of chicken stock simmering on the stove. Bones, savory onion, garlic, carrots and celery, fresh and dry herbs, parsley, sage, thyme and savory all gently simmering and perfuming the air. Fall is truly here. In the summer I seldom make chicken stock, but now that the air is cool and the leaves are turning, soup is the call of the day. I love homemade soup for work in particular, fast and easy to heat up and eat, it fits into the day so well.
This morning I made the soup. I separated the bones from the meat (I don’t much like that part of the process) and diced the vegetables (onion, garlic, carrot and celery). I start by “sweating” the vegetables before I add the meat and stock. This allows the vegetables to start cooking and release their flavours. After the onions and garlic start to turn translucent I add the meat and stock. Once the stock is simmering I add any more vegetables – today orange bell pepper and lovely small Roma tomatoes from a friends garden – that I want, more herbs, fresh and dried and then later the noodles. The soup will be ready for lunch.
There is something soothing in the mundane actions of keeping your home. Making the bed, doing laundry, tidying, all lead to a feeling of peace and accomplishment. They are all very necessary and boring, but also can be comforting in the routine that they suggest. I like routine today. It is now Football Season and it is on the TV in the background and is definitely part of our Sunday routine!
Just before lunch we went on a walk around the SeaWall and Maffeo Sutton Park. It had to be a flat walk today as my knee is bothering me. It was great to get out. I got some pictures of the late-blooming roses, and honey bee! The chicken soup was waiting for us when we got home! Fresh air and activity makes everything taste so much better!
In the last couple of days I have really made great strides in the knitting of Irish. I am at or just past the waist shaping. And now I know how I want to finish it! The Cossack hat suffered a setback. My first band was way too small – so out it came and I have started with more stitches and I am not picking the loops of Dolce Vita up quite as closely together. I have finished the band again and this time it fits around my head! I have just finished the first knit round. Maybe it will be finished tonight. 6mm needles and only 4 or 5 inches to knit!