FOWC with Fandango: Voracious

I did it. In my endeavours to become a master cook, I made my own soup. I know. it is no great achievement, but my soups usually came from a paket in powder form: cook it in water and serve. I decided it was time to develop my cooking skills and know what you were actually eating. Apart from that. our local supermarket has only two soups on offer: tomato and vegetable. For anything more you have to go to one of the major stores and that is in another village and you need a car.

Now and again I might make a pumpkin soup, but that is only once a year in Autumn. Today I made a yellow pea soup with diced bacon, naturally coupled with a cheese homemade flan. Basically it was a success although Mr. Swiss did find he prefers the soups from a packet. I suppose you cannot please all of the people all of the time. My No. 1 son enjoyed it and was looking for more aftrwards. I think it was one of those soups where my mum would say “it sticks your lungs together”.

The next one on the list is a tomato soup, there are untold possibilities. Mr. Swiss made no comment to this development. I suppose I could make a tomato soup and buy a packet to keep Mr. Swiss happy.

FOWC with Fandango: Voracious

RDP Friday: Wine

You would think we are the great wine conoisseurs when you see our wine cellar. In the meanwhile the bottles are reduced to just a few and no-one bothers to open one and drink it unless we happen to have visitors to dinner, which we very rarely do. The wine cellar has now been reduced to two large bottles, one red and one white, which I buy in the local supermarket and only use for cooking.

My drinking days were in my teenage years and early twenties and really just to join in and show everyone I could do it. I never really did like wine. White wine was two cold and not a friendly drink (my opnion, tends to excite too much) and red wine is something to enjoy and savour, but there again I never really got the idea of it.

So now my white wine goes into the veal and pork dishes and the red wine into the beef dish and naturally no spaghetti sauce is complete without a red wine.

RDP Friday: Wine

Good Morning

Currently the sun is appearing in the morning as it to say “I am still here, don’t forget me”. After the morning illumination it disappears, although at midday it returns for a few minutes. I suppose I should make the most of it and be glad it is still here. Our prophesied snow has not yet arrived, although the mountains are full of it. It seems that we will be having a so-called Föhn storm, which is a charge of warm air we get now and again, something to do with passing through the alps, and that is the cause of extreme weather situations. However this time it will be wreaking havoc in the south of Switzerland and in the alipine valleys, so we will probably be having some rain. Up to now everything under control. I am not really planning to go anywhere today, but I might make a quick escape this afternoon if the weather behaves.Tomorrow will also probably be a calm day so it looks like my freedom of movement is not under a threat at the moment.

I managed to get to the local store yesterday and passed this local little shop on the way. They bascially deal with book binding, but also frame your pictures and other such items. They always have interesting window decorations and their Christmas window is always a little artistic.

The weather had brightened up a little and I was rewarded with some clouds reflecting the sun that was hiding behind a tree yesterday afternoon..

I did not really have a lot to get in the store, but wanted to stock up on cold meats and bread, as I was not so sure how my mobility would be over the week-end.

This morning the magpies were doing a flight show demonstration again, although the target was to capture some peanuts I had put out for them. You always know when they a coming as they can be quite loud when calling to each other “Grubs up, come and get it”. This one seemed to be performing a dive bombing exercise.

Roschti, the local cat that lives next door, was also on his way. His first stop seemed to be the water bowl I have outside for any passing wild life. During the night I think it is often visited by the hedgehog population, if they have not yet hibernated. I never see them as that is usually the time when I also have my night’s hibernation.

Today I will be expecting my delivery from the supermarket online and this afternoon I will probably be a lady of leisure, although I plan on cooking a Swiss Cheese flan for the evening meal and perhaps a soup to go with it. And now to move on to the daily chores. Keep safe, the week-end is not far away. I leave you with a view of the local castle as I was scootering on home yesterday from the store. Note the snow covered Jura mountain in the background. That will probably stay with us now until next year in February.