Thursday, February 7, 2019

Snow and soups...

It's COLD!
Not as cold as our neighbours back east or southeast of us...

The temperatures are quickly dipping and the forecast is calling for more snow...
tomorrow and throughout next week!

            When its really cold I like to serve a hearty meal of homemade soup.

I discovered this book at the library while perusing the soup cookbooks...
the authors suggest that drinking bone broth has many health benefits.
I have tried bone broth at restaurants and love the flavour.
So I figured I might try making it at home.

Many of the recipes in this book suggest using a crock pot.
You cook the bones with a mirepoix of veggies, and several quarts of water
 for 12-24 hours on the low setting of the crock pot.
( I used a large slow cooker)
You can use beef, pork, turkey or chicken bones.
(No salt is added during the cooking process)

The bones are removed and cooled
( I picked the meat off the bones and set them aside for my soup)

strain the rest of the ingredients
cool on the countertop
putting it into the fridge
the broth can be used in soups or heated up as a drink

it can also be frozen 
in quart mason sealer jars
(fill only 3/4 full)

Ready for the freezer.

Hearty beef and vegetable soup
simmering on the stove.
Smells delicious!

I used the meat from the soup bones, the mirepoix and added a bit of pepper.

When it snows here...
there is very little in the way of snow removal equipment
so if we get a big dump of snow 
getting around town is quite the challenge.

Snow is really beautiful to look at...
so pure
 it muffles any noise 
a white blanket that covers us

kids love it

So much fun
making snowmen
snow angels

I remember 
when I was a child 
 a snowfall was so exciting.

Almost 64 years ago 
I was born on a snowday.

My father had to shovel the driveway, 
which was on a slant, 
before he could get the car out.

My mother was quite worried that she would not make it to the hospital
before giving birth to me.

They made it in time and for many years (in March) 
it snowed on my birthday.

Is it cold where you live?
Do you have snow?

What do you like to cook when the mercury drops?
Do you make a big pot of soup or stew?
Perhaps you bake bread or buns?

Do you have a favourite recipe that you can share?

Stay warm and cozy!

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~


  1. Brr! We're so spoiled here, aren't we? I love your soup - I've been cooking a ground turkey 3-bean chili, as well as hearty chicken noodle soup. Let's hope that the snow is short and doesn't last.

    I do remember some wonderful snow times when I was younger - we lived on a cul de sac that was a hill, and my dad built us a 5-kid sled out of a pair of skis! I never thought of getting around or doing chores during it, although I'm sure my folks did.

    Stay warm, my dear!

    1. Its still snowing and more is on the way!!!
      Your turkey chili recipe sounds delicious, I must try substituting turkey for ground beef.
      Great memory of the sled your father crafted out of skiis...we used cardboard or hitched a ride on a friends toboggan....loads of fun!

  2. Yes to soup at this time of year, the heartier the better. I don't eat meat so it is lots of vegetables and pulses - most comforting. Here in England it is blustery and wet today, not the sort of weather to be out in for long. But there is a definite sense of spring on the way.

    1. Lentils make a lovely soup...I like to use barley too.
      I always add loads of veggies to any soup as it makes it more nutritious.
      We had another major snowfall overnight and the city is just not prpared for this amount of snow...many things are closed, including schools and hardly any traffic and many bus routes not running.

  3. My husband and I love making soup and beef vegetable is one of our favourites. I always add barley mine as it ups the nutritional value.We also like making split pea and ham soup. It is still very cold here (near Toronto) with blustery winds today. I suspect a pot of soup will be going on the stove tomorrow!

    1. Love a split pea hearty and filling.
      Snow day again here...the city has virtually stopped due to the lack of snow removal equipment and bus services cannot keep up.

  4. It has been a very cold winter in Toronto! Wednesday we had an ice storm - yesterday it hovered around freezing - and today it's back to Minus 5C with an icy wind and a bit of a blizzard as I returned home an hour ago!
    Minus 5C is actually fairly mild compared to what we've had over the past couple of months - definitely soup weather. I've been making a pot each week - I'm planning on doing chicken noodle on Sunday.

    1. More cold weather today...we are in a deep snowmaggedon!
      Very quiet as our road is not plowed...more snow on the way!

  5. Your broth and soup look so tasty! I'm not comfortable making broth with beef bones given BSE - it is supposedly almost eradicated worldwide so it's probably not a rational fear. But enough to keep me from enjoying beef broth. Thank goodness for chickens and turkeys.

    1. I would hope that there is no longer any risk of BSE...
      we eat more poultry than beef. I may look into the organic bone broth available in the health food shops.

  6. I love making soup - perfect at this time of year. Chicken is my favourite.

    1. Its a snowy soup kind of day here again...we have been slammed by this recent snowstorm. Not too much happening...we shovel the walks several times a day and keep the fire going.

  7. Following is a recipe that is not only delicious, but it's something quick to make when you don't have all day to simmer a soup:

    Cheesy Broccoli Soup

    5 Tbl butter (divided)
    1/4 c chopped onion
    1 (or more) cloves of garlic, minced
    2 pounds fresh broccoli, washed, stems discarded, florets chopped to your preference (I like them very small)
    1 rib of celery, finely chopped
    1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
    Chicken Stock - approx 2 1/2 c
    1/4 c flour
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp pepper
    1 1/2 c skim milk
    4 oz cheddar cheese, grated

    In heavy 4 qt kettle, melt 1 Tbl butter over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, carrot, and garlic - saute, stirring frequently, 2 minutes, or until onion is transparent. Add broccoli to kettle and add chicken stock - just to barely cover broccoli (I don't measure as I find adding too much makes the soup too watery). Bring to a simmer and while this is simmering make the cheese sauce.

    In a medium saucepan, melt remaining 4 Tbl butter. Whisk in flour, salt, and pepper. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, about 1 minute or until bubbles. Gradually whisk in milk. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium-high heat until mixture comes to a boil and thickens, about 4 minutes. Add cheese, whisking until cheese melts.

    Pour cheese sauce into broccoli mix in kettle. Stir until blended.

    Makes 6 servings.

    1. I think I will make this soup today as I have all the ingredients!!!!
      Thank you so much.

  8. Well, apparently I go the the thrift store, cut my day short to head home on the bus and tread gingerly on the sidewalks. Slush can be very slippery. Before dusk fell I took out the recycling and the slush had begun to crisp up, turning to ice. I plan to stay indoors. Yes, make soup and sourdough bread. And cookies. (My husband has been asking patiently.) On IG people have been referring to "Snowpocalypse" and "Snowmaggedon." I laugh, but truly, this city of temperate climes is not ready to deal with severe winter weather. I lived on the Sunshine Coast during the infamous blizzard of "96 but the locals still talk about it. The arctic outflow winds we are having now have been whistling round the eaves all night and rattling the gutter downspout. It is too cold and treacherous even to visit the library, so I will hunker down with something from my own small book collection. Stay warm and safe! Violet.

    1. We remember that snow of 1996 very was unbelievable!
      More snow fell overnight and our street has not been cleared of cars on it and I have not heard any busses go by yet!
      Hope you are safe and cozy and that bread you showed on IG looked amazing!!!
      I am basically staying close to home...shovelling the stairs and keeping the fire going.

  9. My favourite is ground turkey chilli with whatever beans I have in the pantry and whatever vegetables I have in the fridge. We don't eat much bread or many buns but I've a weakness for a tasty baguette. I kept promising my class snow yesterday. They have a fun time at the end of Friday if they have spoken French all week and have shown respectful behaviour. They just got
    a few flakes. What a disappointment for them!

    1. Oh we have a huge amount of snow now...I suspect that your schools are closed too.
      Stay safe.

  10. Yes, definitely soup weather. My plan is to make one soup and one slow cooker meal each week. The last soup I made was with winter root vegetables, such as parsnips and turnips and carrots and potatoes. Soup seems to improve with age.

    I am also a fan of bone broth. I get the powdered version from Organika. It tastes palatable when I blend together one frozen banana, 2 Tbsp. of the bone broth powder (I use chicken), and two cups of almond milk. It provides my first 20 grams of protein each morning. I notice that my knees ache if I fail to take it.

    Stay warm and well.
    Honey Bee

    1. We are trying to keep the fire going to take the chill off as this old house has single paned windows and it feels like winter has arrived indoors! Lots of snow...people are calling it snowmageddon! I want to try that powdered bone broth...and that great to know that your knees feel better when you take it daily!

    EASY and FAST and OH SO GOOD!!!!!!!!

  12. We are in the middle of summer here and too hot to sleep!!! Your snow looks pretty but we don't want it. I have only seen it snow here 2x in 50 years and only for one day for about 2 hours each time.

    1. Oh are having a heat wave and we have a deep freeze here!
      Apparently it snowed in Las Vegas and Maui last night!

  13. I love soup for dinner, all year long..even when it's warm. I make a lot of pureed vegetable soups, and alway add a roasted apple for a bit of sweetness. Do you add apple cider vinegar to your bones when making bone broth?

    1. Yes the apple cider vinegar goes on top of the bones and sits for abour 10 minutes before turning on the slow cooker...I have a recipe for curried apple soup which is good and I love a gazpazho soup in the summer.
      Soups are so easy to make too...I love a rich French Onion soup for dinner on a cold evening.