Well, February certainly came in with a blast from the past... the snow is falling thick and fast and reminds me of the proper winters we used to have when I was a child. That's right, chilblains, frozen hands and home made soups!! Today on the AGA I have a brocolli and stilton soup simmering from the last of my organic vegetables, there's home made bread in the oven and proper butter on a dish!
The sheep were not amused by the start to the day, the 12 herdwick ewes are just 5 weeks off lambing and the 6 gimmer lambs are constantly hungry in the snow covered fields. Snowdrop (the bottle fed lamb) thinks it's time to come back into the house and the AGA and tried so hard to help me with the sheep nuts that most were spilled liberally all over the floor.
We have the first of the runner duck eggs which are now warming in the incubator, they should hatch before March hopefully. The fjord ponies are more than happy to roll in the snow but our other carriage ponies are less impressed. Scarlet the Welsh section C is due to foal in June so watch this space>>>
Recipe for Brocolli and Stilton soup
1 large head of brocolli
1 large onion
2 oz of stilton (or any cheese that needs using up)
1 organic stock cube
pinch black pepper
pinch of mixed herbs.
Rough chop the veg and place in a saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 45 mins. Remove from the heat. When a little cooler, blend the ingredients, I use a hand blender. Add the cheese by crumbling or grating. gently heat stirring all the time until the cheese melts, serve immediately with warm crusty bread.