Friday Files: Soup, Pickles and (cats in) Sunbeams

in Silver Bloggers2 months ago (edited)

Cold mornings mean everyone is in search of a sunbeam.

Even Gandalf the Grey and Rambo call a temporary reprieve to the testosterone tribulations.

Princess Pearli is a shadowy study in sepia.

Kitchen day was a largely plant-based affair.

With a single jar of pickles in stock, and a rave IG review, it was time to replenish.

It might be counterintuitive to be making pickles ahead of winter but there are two, no three, reasons: pickles must pickle, the basic ingredients are all readily available. It's the end of capsicum, and the beginning of cauliflower, seasons. Both essential ingredients. Thirdly and because our winter days can be gloriously sunny, pickles are popular picnic and lunch picks. (Now, how's that for alliteration?)

Once they have been processed I turn the jars on their heads: to get a better distribution of the spices and seeds. In a day or two, they'll be costed, labelled, priced and stashed in the stock box and cupboard.

The other product, in addition to the usual sourdough rolls, was a vegan Thai flavoured, roasted sweet potato and lentil soup. With the now evident seasonal change, I will probably do a soup of the day. Each week. If you know what I mean...

After a long day in the kitchen, it was leftover chicken pot pie with gardenloot and stir fry.

Small plates make the portions seem huge...

Two more of those babies in the deep freeze for after another long Friday to come.

PS. Hope you are powering up today? I have, already, but more of that tomorrow.

Until next time, be well
The Sandbag House
McGregor, South Africa

Photo: Selma

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I picked this up for #MarketFriday, but, in order for it to be part of that, you need to put #MarketFriday by @dswigle somewhere on the post so it can be identified as part of the tag.

I love how you put all these ingredients together so seamlessly, from season to season. You are always ready for the next thing coming out of the garden. It seems you are always getting excellent reviews! Brava! It looks delicious to me!

I am so happy to see you posting in the #MarketFriday tag. It has been a constant challenge I am sure to come up with new material with so many businesses closed down and the fact that many people do not want to go into some of the crowded stores and Markets. In these times when COVID has made it challenging to put together a post, or even search out different locations, I can say with an optimistic attitude that #MarketFriday has survived the pandemic, thanks to all of you. Without your dedication to stretch what we call a market has been done successfully. Thank you! All of you! In doing so, we have discovered that we have added new dimension to the tag. As many have been staying closer to home, I have also discovered more and more about each of you and that has been pretty nice. I have to admit, with the platform broken into different communities and tags, we get to see the same people, more or less that join every week, so we get to know each other a little bit. The challenge points out our differences, but, then, it also shows many things our cultures share. When the day is done, it shows off how human we all are and how we basically all care about our families and others. We embrace each other as humans.

I love the experience of it all. I appreciate the love and support given to #MarketFriday! Thank you! Truly! Your participation adds a piece of your world, and I have to say, people are interested in is seeing it. This entire challenge has opened up the world to me and so many others. Thank you again for being a part of all this! I am so happy to see you here! I hope you have a fabulous day! Hive on!!
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How to Participate:

Go to the market! Any market will do! Food, clothing, plant, or animal, if you wish. You can go to the zoo, an art auction, and restaurants. Anywhere or anything that you pay money for any kind of service.
Take pictures! Be creative! It’s fun!
Tell us a little bit about the market, what brought you here?
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Don’t forget to use the MarketFriday Community #196308 to post from or hashtag it! #MarketFriday by @dswigle If you hashtag it, drop the link to your post here so I can easily find them.

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This looks soooo good @fionasfavourites, I think the McGregorians are really blessed to have access to homemade goods like this! By the time you retire, you're going to have to start a mini factory as you'll be getting requests for more and more of your products! Lucky husband of yours😋 Thank you for sharing with our Silvers🤗👌

Now, that's a thought. A factory. Do you think I could persuade The Husband to extend the kitchen?

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It's chilly here in Durban as well so I can just imagine it's way way colder up in those Cape mountains of yours, but we haven't seen the sun for a couple of days now, very wet here! Delicious goods there Fiona, perfect inspiration for our Hive Silver Bloggers 🤗

We have been vrek cold, Lizelle, including rainy. About 4mm rain over a couple of days. Today was a very cold start - 7,5°C. Now, it's gloriously sunny. A warm week ahead. Happily!

Have a good weekend, Lizelle!

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Yehaa @fionasfavourites, keep going like this 😊🌹