Blogtober 2022 : Day 12

What are you having for dinner?

I’m only asking because (aside from the fact that I’m nosey), we’re having soup tonight and it’s cooking in the oven whilst I write this.  I can smell it and it’s making me hungry!

It’s leek and potato soup, our family favourite, and although I’ve made the usual family-sized pan of it, there’s just not so small daughter and me eating tonight as my husband is eating out at a works meeting.  The rest won’t be wasted, though; not so small daughter has started to take a thermal flask to college with her as she’s decided that she likes a hot dinner but doesn’t want to go to the canteen every day.

A wide-necked rose gold thermal food flask stands on a wooden chopping board next to a knife with a black handle. The worktop behind is black and the tiles on the wall are beige squares

It’s not a bad flask, is it?  We got it from the supermarket the other night.  It holds 500ml which is a decent size and we chose it because it’s got a wide neck so that means it’s good for pasta or curry and dishes like that as well as soup.  She tried it out yesterday and was very pleased with how hot her spaghetti was when she opened the lid so my plan is to make an extra portion of whatever we’re having for dinner and then she can take that with her.   Some days she’ll just make herself tuna pasta if she doesn’t fancy what we had the night before or it won’t fit easily in the flask – I have a feeling from our conversation that this flask is going to be seeing a lot of pasta but I would rather she ate that than nothing!

Lots of people take lunch in a flask – you might do this yourself – but it’s new to not so small daughter and I’m hoping the novelty won’t wear off before we’ve got our use out of it! 🙂

Leek and potato soup in a pan with a wooden spoon resting against the side of the pan. The soup is a yellowy-green colour.

I’ve blitzed the soup in the blender as we like smooth soup and there are a couple of part-baked crusty rolls finishing off in the oven.  It’s raining again – drizzly, mizzly rain – so hot soup with a hot roll is just the thing.  I was chatting to my brother today and he was telling me that they’ve had hardly any rain for months now (he lives about 2 hours away from us in the middle of the country); it’s got so bad that their area has been classed as “semi-desert” and he’s a golf course manager who knows far more about the weather and ecology than I do so I am not going to argue with him!  Anyway, he’d be welcome to this drizzly, mizzly rain and if it would like to buzz off to the middle of the country then that’s fine with me.

Not so small daughter has an online workshop tonight so I’m going to go and dish out so that she can eat before it starts so I’ll catch up with you again tomorrow – but don’t forget to tell me what you’re having for dinner! 🙂

Yellowy-green leek and potato soup in a pan with a metal soup ladle resting against the side. To one side of the pan are two bowls of the soup and a small plate with two crusty bread rolls on it.

PS  I wrote the recipe that I use in this blog post – I’m afraid I’m a “throw it all in the pan” type of soup cook and I don’t often bother cooking the veg first but we all love this soup so it must work out OK!

Oh, and I must tell you that the parcel I was waiting for yesterday eventually turned up at 6.30pm so I could have gone out for hours in the day if I had only known! 🙂


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24 Responses

  1. Charlotte says:

    We are having soup tonight. I am trying a new recipe for potato cabbage soup so hope it is good. Your soup looks delicious. Thank you for the information on the sock pattern. I am at the heel flap so will be easy to find my place in the pattern.

  2. Jess says:

    It’s our school holidays here in NZ and my kids and I went to visit a friend. While the children played us Mums cooked together and we made a root vege hot pot from the bbc good food website and it was delicious! We made a huge batch that did us both for a couple of nights. It was such a fun way to cook dinner sharing hints and tips with a friend and also lovely to try a new recipe!

    • Jess says:

      So that’s been our dinner the last 2 nights and tonight it’s going to be beef stroganoff!

      • winwickmum says:

        What a great idea! Cooking dinner can sometimes feel like a bit of a chore but having a friend to chat to whilst you’re cooking and know that you’ll be sharing the meal (albeit in different houses) is such a great thing to do! 🙂 xx

  3. Corinne says:

    We had sausages, mashed potato, veg and onion gravy then a pear and apple crumble for dessert. I’m experimenting with my new Remoska. So far I’ve discovered it cooks crumbles beautifully! I haven’t tried any casseroles yet….that’s my next experiment!
    Thank you for blogging every day. It must be quite time consuming, but I’m enjoying the ‘journey’!

    • winwickmum says:

      Sausage (bangers) and mash is a favourite in our house too, sometimes with baked beans and sometimes with a fried egg just to be different! 🙂 I’ve seen Remoska ovens but I don’t have one myself – it seems like it does everything and I’ll sure you’ll have got to grips with it soon! 🙂 xx

  4. Rachel says:

    So frustrating when parcels arrive right at the very end of the day!!

    We had leftover spaghetti for tea last night. Tonight is likely to be takeaway in between drama classes and evening performance as there’s not really enough time to justify coming home. Enjoy your soup!

  5. Rosemary says:

    I love it when we get to soup weather (never feel like it in summer) and yours looked delicious! We had veggie stir fry for tea before going out to a film – The Escape – about the cave rescue in Thailand. Brilliant. Worth seeing if you’ve not already!

  6. Simon says:

    Tonight we had Stir-Fry and Noodles with chopped-up Cocktail Sausages in a Kung Po sauce. Quite spicy, but quite nice!

  7. Rachel says:

    I had fish fingers with veges and coleslaw for dinner tonight.

  8. Barbara says:

    Well we were very naughty and ended up going down the road with youngest son for dinner at the pub. Not quite sure I enjoyed mine. It was fish cakes with a poached egg ( which I love ) in a potato curry sauce. It didn’t work for me as there was too much curry sauce and way too many potatoes. A bed of spinach would have been just the thing! Love potato and look soup and that flask looks perfect. B x

    • winwickmum says:

      Ah, I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy your dinner as much as you had hoped to, but having someone else cook it is always a result – I always feel like I’m on holiday when someone else cooks! 🙂 xx

  9. Barbara says:

    I love soup! We had leftover prime rib and french onion soup. It was so good! My husband bought a 50 pound bag of onions, so I’m pretty sure I’ll be making the french onion soup again!

    • winwickmum says:

      Oh, I love French onion soup … I wonder if I could make it and not tell the family until they’ve eaten it in case they are put off by it being full of onions? 🙂 xx

  10. Helen says:

    I’m a day late but having butternut squash soup. It’s definitely colder here in Cheshire.

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