Saturday, April 18, 2009

Onion Soup MMMMMMMM Good- The Weekly Challenge update

Spring Onion and Potato Soup
A pretty good week this week. Things are sprouting up and growing.

Sharon's Independence Days Challenge-
Plant Something: Started some summer squash reminescient of my AuntShirley's Syrian Squash she used for stuffed squash, Carrots, peas,runner beans, Pepper plants,Started pumpkins,
Harvest Something: Some Chard, sproutsPreserve something: dehydrated some more parsleyStore something: dehydrated parsley into jar
Manage Reserves: Repaired the water line to the garage and my backyard spigot (need to insulate that line befor next winter
Cooked something new: Spring onion /Mashed potato soup:
Very similar to the "leek potato soup" recipe I use

Olive oil- 2 tablespoons
Garlic- 1 clove grated or ½ teaspoon of dried
Spring onions- 4-6
Chile powder-½ teaspoon
Potatoes - two good sized ones
4 cups vegetable stock or broth
Salt to taste No more than ¼ teaspoon
Pepper (white or black) - ¼ teaspoon
Milk or cream- ½ pint

First, clean and chop the onions. Green stem and all
Put olive oil in a pan and add the chopped onions and garlic.
Fry them over a low to medium heat until the onions are soft.
This will take about ten minutes. Stir frequently so that none of the ingredients brown. Peel the potatoes and chop them into cubes. Click on the picture to enlarge it and see the size of the cubes more clearly.
This can be done while the leeks are being fried.
Add all the remaining ingredients to the pan with the exception of the milk / cream.
Bring the soup to the boil and then let it simmer (just barely boiling) for the remaining cooking time. Add milk or cream and serve

Reduce Waste(recycle, reuse, reduce or compost something): Made a couple more upside down planters for pepper plants; used some old lumber (fence boards) to add a level to my potato condo
Learn a New Skill: Nope
Work on Community Food Security: Nope

Melinda’s Growing Challenge Everything is
coming up great. Started some squash and pumpkins from seed, my shallots
and potatoes are popping up to say hello, garlic looks fine, got peas and
runner beans started, carrots planted. And I still haven't killed the
tomato seedlings! And my Broccolli and Cauliflower look good! Did buy some pepper starts as I forgot about starting some from seed

MELINDA'S BUY SUSTAINABLY CHALLENGE: Just some pepper plants (not from seed) and some eye bolts at the hardware store. Got a new planting spade at the dollar store as well as some planting pots and accessories.

Crunchy’s sustainable food budget challenge:
Store= $52, items from freezer and pantry- Estimatated $25; Lunch out- $4 (Yes I am a cheap date),
coffee stops- $6 (there were more trips, but I had a gift card from my boss)=$87 Total
So $193 left in budget from last week, - this week $87- Total $106 for the rest of the month. Sweet!

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