A footbridge over the railway line heading north out of Inverness 🙂
A rainy but colourful River Ness lit up on a cold night in early December 🙂
Close up of greenery growing in my conservatory for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week 🙂
Desiccated bluebells still standing strong in front of a crumbling garden wall 🙂
These previously vibrant purple allium heads have dried out and seeded, but I think they still look pretty in the flower bed, where they remain 🙂
This brightly-painted mural is in a really narrow alleyway, so is quite difficult to capture in one shot – but the colourful individual sections are lovely on their own anyway 🙂
These little cakes fresh from the oven probably couldn’t look any more beige-brown boring if they tried, but oh, the warm and comforting sweet smell of cinnamon and vanilla fills the kitchen with the most wonderful aroma. As soon as they cool enough to eat, I’m going to have one with a steaming hot cup of coffee – and that’s another lovely smell to add to my day at home! 🙂
Today I want soup for lunch, so here it is in the making.
Being an old-fashioned sort, I always have a bag of chicken bones squirreled away in the freezer, added to bit by bit as I go along until I have enough of a collection to boil up for a big pot of stock. And in turn the resulting chicken stock makes whatever I fancy at the time. Usually the base for soup, but sometimes a hearty stew or a risotto.
But as today I want soup, I’ve added a handful of oatmeal for thickening, a handful of pearl barley because I love the creamy conststency it makes, chopped garlic, onion, carrot and sweet potato, and seasoning to taste. For me today that means black pepper, a shake of chilli powder, and a good dose of mixed dried herbs, parsely, and of course bayleaf.
My soup needs to simmer gently for a couple of hours, and then about half an hour before I want to eat it, I’ll add a decent portion of frozen sweetcorn kernels to cook through – and then after warming through some crusty bread to go with it, we’ll enjoy some yummy soup for lunch! 🙂