purple clover-wild mustard-daisies-bouncing betties-wild grasses
gathered together on a walk through the park
placed into a glass jar that once held fig jelly
graces our dining room table
on rainy and cool late spring evening
homemade corn chowder
with fresh green salad
and a bit of bread
I love to make a good soup.
Even in the summer time a chowder tastes delicious. I tend to make soup every other week or so using up all the willy-nilly leftover ingredients that are hanging around in the fridge.
Today I made a corn chowder
from the fridge I grabbed:
half of a very large sweet onion, 4 or 5 ears of leftover corn on the cob, the inner stalks of celery where all the flavorful leaves are, about a cup of heavy cream that was leftover from making ice-cream over the weekend and some fresh butter from the farm store that had been buried in the back for..well....longer than I care to admit.
From the pantry I added, 2 cans of creamed corn, a carton of chicken stock, some potatoes that were beginning to get a bit soft, and some herbs, summer savory, basil, thyme, and some salt and pepper.
I browned the onions in the butter (I would have added bacon here if there had been any leftover, but we had BLT sandwiches for lunch yesterday) I got them nice and brown then tossed in the rest of the veggies and herbs and let it cook on med. low for a bit. Then I added the chicken stock and let it simmer while I did some other housework. I added the cream last and let it sit on the heat just long enough to warm everything through. You never want to let the cream simmer or boil as it will separate and not taste as good.
We will have this in the fridge for probably 3 or 4 days. Joe will munch on it late at night and I will have some for my lunch. I'll pack some for his lunch as well. I never buy canned soup as it is so easy and inexpensive to make it myself.
It is sort of dark and gloomy on our rather tiny island today. I've got the windows open but the wind is kicking up and blowing a sea breeze through and I can see the flags blowing straight out in the park.
A perfect day for soup!