Man-cold from hell

Black salsify soup

Black salsify soup

Rose hip soup

Rose hip soup

At least Oggy’s been good company

At least Oggy’s been good company

It must be a man-cold, I haven’t felt so sorry for myself for a long long time. Head throbbing, nose running, snot only interrupted by nosebleeds after every sneeze. Gaaaaah… Quite possibly the flu. With my husband at work I’ve done my best to look after myself. Used some of the rose hips I picked the other week and made some rose hip soup, careful to wear gloves and putting the mush through a cloth to prevent itching(we all learn by mistakes), by the time my nose had stopped bleeding, again, it was cold but still very nice and full of vitamin C. Soup is just the best when ill. Luckily last week I made tonnes of soup from Black Salsify. In Sweden it’s called Black root or Poor mans asparagus. I tried it for the first time last week and loved it, so I made a double batch to put in the freezer. It has so much flavour I hardly added any spices. After peeling and getting my hands all sticky from the roots I fried the salsify with an onion, boiled for 40 min with a stock cube and a splash of white wine and rise wine vinegar, put it in the mixer. That’s it, doesn’t really need spices because it’s so full of flavour although last week I fried some bacon and sprinkled some chili flakes over it. Maybe I’ll try planting it in spring but I bet it’s tricky to harvest with those long thin roots. See even with my head full of snot and my body screaming give it a rest, my brain can’t stop making plans!  It does give a break from feeling sorry about myself though, maybe I’m on the mend?

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