Santas workshop

Preparations have been going on for weeks baking and making pictures to sell. Last weekend we had a xmas market in the gallery and this Saturday it’s time to do it all over again. I baked loads of cakes, biscotti and meringues. My husband made Daal and surprisingly it was a best seller! We had potato and leek for the less adventurous visitors but most people still chose the spicy Indian Daal. For this weekend I’ve baked mini meringues (chocolate, vanilla and liquorice) and some more cake. We will do the Daal and also a tomato soup with focaccia. I’ll be making wet plates of visitors that they can buy if they are happy with the result. This morning I took a break from all preparations and helped out for some charity. Sometimes when you have so much to do your head is spinning it’s nice to just take some time off and do something else, the world will seize to exist. So for two hours I sat counting how many sacks, boxes etc that the second hand shop in the harbour Hönö Klova Second Hand have collected for Rumania. They do this 2-3 times a year but before xmas it’s a bit special. They send off boxes of food that the generous islanders have given, this year 63 food boxes. On top of that sacks of clothes, furniture, beds etc. Everything is named with either the names of the families who will receive it or villages. It’s all very organised and I think it’s good to know that all the help will actually reach the goal. I did feel a bit sorry for everyone carrying everything(while I sat counting), my guess is the average age is above 60 for all of them(hope I don’t offend anyone!). In spite of bad backs, shoulders etc they had after two hours packed a huge trailer with 200 sacks, 120 boxes, 14 beds, a freezer, 3 hospital beds, a wheel chair and a lot more. Very impressive I think!

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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?