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Warming Up | Celtic Cast On

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This year I decided that I would break out of my normal baking and cooking to try some new things that I love but have just never known how to make.

Soup is something that I eat all year round but especially during winter, warms me right down to my toes.

I’m a pretty picky eater and had never really found a recipe for soup that I like… that is until christmas 2008. I had an operation on my gums about two weeks before the holidays and was left to eat mushy foods and lots of soup. Let me tell you, you really find out how much you love food when you can’t eat the half of it.

My good friend Lisa was so kind to make me some soup to get me through the weeks of  the few foods I could eat. I was a little nervous at first because it was carrot soup and… well…vegetables and I don’t normally get along.

I heated it up, dipped the spoon into the edge of the soup gingerly and tasted it….

Oh my gosh it was awesome!!! It didn’t even taste like carrots!!!

I asked her for the recipe so I could give it a try hoping to come out with something edible…

Success!! This is the most wonderful creamy soup that I had to share with you all!

  • 4T butter                                                               5 cups of chicken stock                     
  •  1 chopped onion                                                1 cup of milk or cream
  • 4 carrots sliced                                                   salt
  • 1chopped stalk of celery                                 pepper
  • 2 potatoes peeled and diced                         parsley
  • Melt butter in a large pot, add onion, carrots, and celery, cook for 10-15mins.

Add the potatoes and parsley and stir until coated.

Stir in the stock and cook, partially covered until potatoes are tender, about 20mins.

Puree in a blender or food processor.

Return to pot, stir in milk and add salt and pepper.

Reheat without boiling.

The only difference I made was that I didn’t use parsley *because I didn’t have any* and I threw in a few more potatoes because I like it nice and thick!

Let me know if you try it out and how you like it!!

My current WIP  *one of many really* is the Garter Yoke Cardigan from the latest issue of Knit 1. I’m using Tahki Donegal Tweed in a deep red shade. I’ve had this in my stash for quite some time, originally I had started making the Tweedy Aran Cardigan with it but ended up frogging the whole thing.  Its waited several years in the wings for the perfect project, and now the wait is over.

I’ve been working on this non stop so I only have the sleeves left to go. I don’t think this sweater is going to be as fitted as some of my other sweater but a nice comfy, cosy sweater is just what I need right now.