A robust soup. It is the only way forward.

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Table setting (etching).

With the winter’s first day at 2 C I thought of making a solid soup. It’s not just the cold and raging war in The Ukraine and gun shootings in the US,  creeping inflation and Mr.  Peter Dutton’s face on TV ( our new opposition leader), that my thoughts went to how best to overcome the days ahead. Cooking is a good stand-by when things appear a bit stale or stagnating. Living by myself I am not doing too badly and my advice for the sole person is to stay on course. Cooking together with doing domestics can be good standbys in overcoming inertia.  To cheer me up I also went to buy a new cord-free vacuum cleaner with lithium battery. It has a nice feel and responds well underneath chairs, beds and cupboards by folding almost level with the floor giving access to all flakes of dust no matter how evasive they are.

Of course, the soup followed and as I had some frozen chicken and half a cabbage I thought of combining both with some garlic, onions,  celery stalks, a lost potato and bay leaves in a 4 quarts of water and simmered the lot for almost two hours. The soup was hearty and reassuring. I have enough for the next two week if spread out once every three days or so. It really is worth doing during cold weather.

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Mr. Peter Dutton

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28 Responses to “A robust soup. It is the only way forward.”

  1. catterel Says:

    Sounds like the perfect antidote!

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  2. auntyuta Says:

    Gerard, you say: Living by myself I am not doing too badly.

    Actually, I could say the same about myself. I too, love cooking, and I cooked for myself a lot of beautiful dishes for myself to keep warm! 🙂

    Peter Dutton claims, he has changed his views. We’ll see.
    It is said, his bald head is due to a skin condition . . . .

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  3. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    Oh, gosh on Mr. Dutton and the Potato-Head-Face! 😮 😀
    I hope good changes are soon to come.
    Your etching is cool!
    Soup is such a comforting food…and a big part of it’s healing powers is in the chopping, cooking, simmering, smelling, etc. 🙂 We make soups, stews, chilis, and pots of beans in the cold months…and always make enough to freeze for days ahead. And I love how the house smells whilst the pot is simmering all day. 🙂
    YAY for the new vacuum cleaner!
    I’m glad you are doing well, staying on course, and writing blogposts, Gerard! It is always a joy to read what you write!
    (((HUGS))) for you! 🙂
    PAT and RUBS for Mr. Bentley! 🙂

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  4. Julia Lund Says:

    The soup sounds delicious.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. leggypeggy Says:

    Love the photos. Soup sounds great too.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. thecovidpilot Says:

    “gun shootings in the US”

    So, how is crime done in Australia? Do burglars carry guns or did they turn them in?


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Most guns have been turned in and it immediately reduced killings by guns. The US is so democratic that killing children seems to be sanctioned by the gun lobby.
      Their answer; have gun toting guards at
      schools and train teachers to shoot straight.

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  7. petspeopleandlife Says:

    Soup is very good if it contains several vegetables as your does. I think soup is good all year round. I make a lot of soup and use chicken tenders sauteed and then add about 4-5 vegetables. It is so easy and an efficient way to cook while eating healthy as well.

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  8. algernon1 Says:

    Did you buy the Obergruppenfuhrer Potato. Or is now Oberstfuhrer or Riechsfuhrer now he’s been promoted to Leader of the Opposition.

    On the other hand Mrs A has made a lovely pea and ham for the weekend.

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  9. Curt Mekemson Says:

    Hot soup sounds like a heck of a good solution to some of the worlds’ problems, Gerard. Sort of like the old idea of chicken soup being good for what ails you.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, good food need not be expensive. We have a large medical center right opposite a fast junk food outlet. One can walk in one and straight into the other.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Curt Mekemson Says:

        Good to have if you eat enough fast food, Gerard! Medical care on demand. Speaking of soup, Peggy made an excellent corn chowder last night. And made a lot. We froze it so we can have hot soup on several nights.


  10. shoreacres Says:

    That’s the sort of soup I favor, although we’ve moved well into summertime temperatures now, and a cooler bit of something is more appealing. I have to confess that salads bore me a bit, but I found a recipe for a wonderful black bean and corn salad that makes use of peppers, onions, and such. It makes a good bit, and holds well in the refrigerator — both are pluses in my book.

    I laughed and laughed at the comparison of your Mr. Dutton and the potato. When I was a kid, I had a Mr. Potato Head kit. It came with various noses,eyes, ears, and such, and you could plug them into a nice potato to make amusing “people.” I’d forgotten all about those — thanks for the memory!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, lettuce leaf salads bore me too but I have since taken to the Greek salad with Fetta cheese . So far I have not got fed up. It has a medley of olives, celery, red onion, cucumber, tomatoes and root vegetables.
      As for the potato heads, yes it is striking the resemblance of the potato and Mr. Dutton. I wonder if that photo of the potato could fool the border guards when shown in a passport?

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  11. rangewriter Says:

    Mr. Potato Head! Cracks me up. I felt like I could smell you soup simmering all the way from across the mighty pond.


  12. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    Just wanted to pop in and say Hey to you!
    I hope you are doing well.
    Sending ❤️ and (((HUGS))) your way today! 🙂
    PATS and RUBS for Mr. Bentley! 🙂


  13. Forestwood Says:

    The similarities between the potato and the new opposition leader are so striking I had to look twice to see any difference, except that the potato has more empathy!
    Loved the comment above from Therese Trouserzoff to avoid Biloela. I have tears of joy that common sense and decency prevailed at the eleventh hour. To think that four years of pain for that family could have been eliminated by Dutton signing a piece of paper……


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