Jun 26, 2011

Winter Sun Bake. Souper Sunday.

My trusty rainbow knit scarf from Jay-Jays.

I had every intention of being a lounge lizard today.  But even with every possible part of my body wrapped and insulated, the cold indoors still got the better of me.  I forget how cold houses get during the day, the kind of cold that doesn't really go away even if all the heaters in the house are turned on to high.

That Coles Fish Emulsion plant food has done wonders for my cyclamen.  The flowers now are about twice the size of the original blooms on the plant I bought in February.

The solution was just outside the window.  A winter sun bake.  So there I was this morning, in the She Shed (which is technically the front verandah) watering the pot plants and catching some warming rays. 

For the times that had to be spent indoors, food proved to be the best way of keeping warm.

Egg and bacon rolls after the morning service at church.

I got a bit distracted driving home with the scent of fresh sausage rolls in the air.

Mr SSG got into the act and got me to buy him ordered in a sausage roll for morning tea.

The sun today was addictive.  After my morning sun bake, I just couldn't stay away.  In the spirit of lounge lizard, I went for a leisurely run in the sun.  The leisure part being the soundtrack on my iPhone and a few stops for photos here and there.

It's nearly a month into winter and I'm getting the hang of cooking as opposed to slow cookering soups.  Last night, I made the Cauliflower Soup With Parmesan Crisps from the July 2011 issue of Super Food Ideas.  The soup was very easy to make.  Simply sautee the leek until soft, then add some garlic and white wine.  Reduce and then add the chicken stock, potatoes and water.  Simmer for a while and then add the cauliflower.  Cook until all the vegies are soft and then puree.  Stir in the cream and reheat until warm.

This is where the parmesan from Ragu comes to the fore.  With the official cheese of a popular CBD Italian restaurant in my kitchen, how could these crisps fail?

They are so simple to make.  Mix 1/2 cup of paremsan with 1/2 a teaspoon of plain flour.  Then sprinkle this over a baking paper lined tray.

Bake for a few minutes at 200C.  Keep a close eye on it, if only to witness the fun of cheese bubbling in waves across a baking tray.  Pull the tray out of the oven when the sheet of cheese starts to get golden.  Allow to cool and then just snap into small pieces.

It's hard to stop at one serve of either the soup or the crisps.  If it helps the soup is practically 100% vegetables, with only a 1/2 cup of low fat cooking cream.  Think off all those recommended daily serves of vegetables you're getting with each bowl of soup.  Heaps.

Bread from Becasse Bakery.

One more shot from my day in the sun before I sign off.

The sun refracted through the windows at the pool this afternoon, leaving this rainbow poolside.

Have a lovely evening and I hope you have a great week ahead.


  1. Loving the parmesan crisps. Think they may get a whirl in The Farmhouse kitchen soon.


  2. Hi girl:)
    Greetings from a sunny Oslo.
    Great post, and fantastic writing as always...

    Have a great week:)

  3. Lovely! A wintersun bake sounds good :)

  4. I am going to try those crisps. They look delicious.

  5. That cauliflouwer soup sounds divine. I know what i am making for supper tonight x

  6. I'm addicted to the warm glow of a Winter's sun! I really enjoy it although I do wish the apartment would warm up quicker! :P


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