Posted tagged ‘Blizzard’

SOUP IN THE COLD

February 28, 2019

All over America record cold and snowfalls have been recorded.  Here in the Far North we got our share of extreme cold,  lots of snowfall,  and  recently our strong wind storm.

We stay warm by eating (drinking)  hot things.

Oh, and if they tell you to drink hot tea and honey,  because honey is a good antibiotic, especially on your sore throat,   be sure not to take a shortcut and pour the boiling hot water  over the tea bags which are in your jar of honey!
Soup Honey

I just wanted to get the last bit of honey out of a jar that was almost empty –  but, well, it didn’t work too well.     The tea pot was nearby to catch the big drips.

Well, I have a good soup recipe, which I’ll summarize below, but it’s so easy to make that if you have a basic idea of how soup is put together, you don’t really need an exact recipe.

Start with really good butter:

Soup Butter

I use butter from a grass fed cow to get the maximum amount of nutrients that you’re supposed to get from butter.

A warm cozy soup starts by saute’ing a good sweet  Italian sausage and onions.

Soup onions sausage

Our priest actually has a small farm and it was time to use some pigs;  he made part of their meat  into sweet Italian sausage with his own recipe.  He had  so much that he distributed some  to us, his parishioners.     Thank you!

When the meat is no longer pink, you can add more vegetables, like cabbage and celery  and things,  and a lot of broth or water, maybe some bone broth if you have some on hand.

soup green

This is the point where you don’t really need a recipe.  Just chop up lots of things that are good for you and add it to the broth.

But if you notice,   that soup looks awfully monotone.   It needed some color.

Back to the cutting board!

Soup peppers

Now that looks more like a good-tasting soup!

Soup Red

You just need to use your eyeballs and a spoon.       Eyeball the soup, to see how it’s looking;  and use the spoon  frequently to see  how it’s tasting.

Adjust taste with salt, pepper,  turmeric,  cayenne, onion powder,  garlic powder,  spice blends  (I like a Berbere blend), and herbs and herb blends.     Whatever you have time and patience for.

I can’t complain about the snow and the cold here.   Daughter lives in the High Sierras where they got 8 – 10 feet of snow in  the last 48 hours.    She sent me a photo of her two-story house, of which you can see only the second floor and part of the first sticking out of the snow.

I took a look at her village’s Live Webcam:

Village Webcam

Someone needs to clean the lens.    The Webcam on Donner Lake, where she lives, was “Offline” — more like buried, I think.

And woe to anyone who stays still in one place during one of these storms:

 

Tahoe car

One lady couldn’t go any further in her car during the storm.   The snowplow found her car the next day.     She was okay, still inside.

With extreme weather,  your body faces cold-weather stress.   To stay healthy, turn to soup again.   My favorite immune system soup remedy is mushroom soup:

Soup Mushroom soup.jpg

Now there’s an easy recipe, no eyeballing or taste-testing!   Wild Mushroom and Chestnut soup from Whole Foods, with a little extra miitake mushrooms,  re-hydrated in warm cream.

Enjoy winter!   Happy Eating!

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Ingredients for cabbage sausage soup:   (adjust every single ingredient!)

6 medium potatoes, cubed

1 small onion, chopped

1 green pepper, diced

2 carrots, chopped

1/2 head of cabbage,  chopped

3 (beef smoked) sausage foot-long rings (or whatever)  . . ..  sliced or diced . . . (whatever)

1 tsp salt

1 T black pepper

1 tsp garlic

1 tsp sage

2 tsp  onion powder

 

Mix all together in a 5 quart pot with 8 cups of water  (or whatever).

 

Cook until tender.   (But the longer the better)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ON A COLD DAY

January 18, 2019

This is to update some of you who have been asking to see Cooper . . . .

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I wrote in the last post that I was eating some “nice hot red lentil soup.”

soup

And the reason is:  it’s COLD around here tonight!

(Not my bowl,  not my soup,  but pretty close.)

Our weatherman tells us it’s going to get a whole lot colder in the next few days, and that we’ll be getting a little snow tonight, probably less than five inches,  but in a few days we’ll be getting  another snowstorm and that one promises to be bigger.

Finally!   Maybe some cross-country skiing this year.

However, I’m keeping an eye on my grandson and his home in the High Sierras:

 

warning blizzard

 

I knew he’d be all right in just a few feet of new snow,  but it was interesting.     I didn’t even think he’d have a snow day,  but he called me yesterday and said he was having a snow day then and there was one the day before.

I told him that I used to think Snow Days were fun because my Mom and I would use that extra time to bake some treats:  penuche was my favorite;  or fudge;  or brownies;  or cinnamon rolls.

cooper cooking 270

Guess he took it seriously.

And, yes, he’s really using the mix-master.  He bakes and he cooks his own meals sometimes.   He’s 8 years old now.    (His Daddy took the picture and wrote:  Chocolate-y  Chocolate Chip cookies!)

That’s the way you pass down traditions –  baking treats on a Snow Day!

I tried taking a peek at their area during their blizzard,  but the Donner Lake web cam and the Truckee downtown web cam were both covered by snow.     They were last night and they still are today.

They got three or four feet of snow.   We’re supposed to get three or four inches of snow this weekend.    But I’ll probably be baking anyway.

 

 

 

 

THE SCIENCE OF WHIMSY

February 21, 2017

“True Science is whimsy.”

speeding-thoughts

There was a young lady named bright
Whose speed was much faster than light.
She set out one day
In a relative way
And returned the previous night.

Science is whimsy,  for God made the world out of Love and Joy!    It is the serious pudding-faced “science practitioners”  of our day who put a heavy weight to science –  and dare you to disagree!

If you cannot find fun and admiration and joy and gratitude in the science you know,  then you have not done science at all!

studying-outside

I took my studying 0utdoors today –  it was 61 degrees, for goodness’ sakes!!!    That’s a pretty warm February day here in the Far North!   I did my work right in the middle of nature with the sounds of many seriously happy birds, the  water in the  creek  babbling over the rocks,   and the wind soothing itself through the trees.

So enjoyable,  this science of  meteorology.

Speaking of which,   WHERE IS MY GRANDSON AGAIN?

truckee-snow

White-out in the High Sierras

Cooper lives in the Sierra Nevadas where they’ve had  five feet of snow one week, six feet the next, five feet again the next week,  and one time it was eight to ten feet.   Today and yesterday they are having a three to five feet snowfall –   not so much –  but the wind gusts  nearby were measured at  199 m.p.h. (Alpine Meadows)  and 193 m.p.h.  (Squaw Summit.)   Fascinating.      Intimidating.       My son-in-law works up there at times!

Haven’t received any recent photos of Cooper.    Probably don’t have cell phone service again.  Or electricity.

I think they could use a little science and technology help out there.

snowflakes

Science is delightfully beautiful but it’s probably not a good time to teach Cooper that “each little snowflake has six points and each one is different from every other snowflake   . . .”  They’re not seeing  “flakes” out there.

Amazingly,   the world is so big and man and his dwelling places are so tiny,   that  Cooper can have his blizzard way over there and I can have my heatwave way over here.

Looks like the Pacific Ocean has been having an unexplained heatwave of its own.

ocean-heat-blob

They call it “the Blob”  sitting alongside our West Coast,   a large heat anomaly.  It’s been there for a couple years, but science hasn’t figured it out yet.

It’s still a mystery to wonder at.

And then there is  “gorgeous”   on an ordinary day:

sunset-drive-cr

Do you know what that column of sunlight is called?   Do you know what causes it?

Just driving along one evening   —     all of a sudden,  the sun shoots out a pillar of brilliant golden light.

It was gone in 45 seconds.

Just a whimsical  reminder of the power and glory of the Creator of all science.