In my front garden the last few roses are blooming, the hydrangeas are shooting, the lavender is pushing up a few flower heads, some winter bulbs are coming up, and the gorgeous Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise) growing by my neighbour's front driveway is really spectacular. The yellow flower you see in the top row is Hibbertia - a Western Australian native.
In the back garden,
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the grape vine has dropped most of its leaves and my lemon and orange trees are offering up their bountiful crops, but my herbs are not looking that great. Amazingly my tropical theme green patio garden is looking really good despite the cold weather we have had. We have managed to resurrect some elk horns, and my old maiden-hair fern in a pot is looking wonderful.
It has been very cold here today, so we put a pot of Pea and Ham soup on the stove.
It is so easy - just a cup of dry split peas, a ham hock, and whatever vegetables you like - onion, carrot, pumpkin, celery, turnip, parsnip. Just chop the vegetables up roughly, add boiling water, and cook till soft. When cooked, take out the ham hock and chop off the meat into small pieces. Mash the vegies in the saucepan with a potato masher. Return the meat to the pan and reheat. Eat and enjoy! You can have it thick, like in this pic below, or water down if you like a thinner soup. Don't forget some crusty bread.
I love home made soup. There is nothing like it. Do you make soup? What are your favourites? Here are some of mine.... Pea and Ham, pumpkin, minestrone, Mulligatawny, and an old family staple - lamb shank, vegetable and barley soup.
Minestrone with tomato and herb scones. I make the tomato soup base during summer when we have tomatoes in the garden, and freeze it in containers for making minestrone in the winter.
Did you know that Mulligatawny soup dates from the days of the British Raj and was introduced to Britain by colonists returning from India in the 18th and 19th centuries? The names comes from a Tamil word, milagutannir, which means "pepper water". Ingredients include curry powder, ginger, cinnamon and turmeric. Delicious and certainly a winter warmer!
And those lemons? How about some lemon meringue pie? It is my favourite and my eldest son's favourite, and I think my son's eldest son's favourite too! In fact I think it is our family favourite! We always want a second piece when I make it.
So there you have it, a little look at winter in my corner of Western Australia. Thanks for stopping by. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. Have a wonderful week.
|Lamb shank, vegetable and barley soup
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