Soup of the Evening

Beautiful Soup. Remember Alice in Wonderland? Mine isn’t green, The crock pot is certainly a hot tureen….

George and I made a stop at the Berkeley Bowl this morning to pick up fresh veg and a few missing ingredients for tomorrow. They also have a most excellent bulk food section, so that is worth a stop. I was able to pick up vegetarian chicken soup stock, vegetarian chili, and sweet corn chowder in bulk. Not the liquids, as you might have figured out, but the powdered stock with all the flavorings. Shana had wanted raw peanuts, George needed granola and I found some wonderful dark chocolate covered coffee beans for my treat.

But where I was going with this whole discussion was soup. The Bowl, as it is locally called, has great fresh produce. They also cull it frequently and place the “so ripe you have to be used today” items in bags for .99 a pop. I looked at this cornucopia of goodness. I thought soup. Three minutes later I had leeks, a bag of heirloom tomatoes, some great looking peppers, and a final bag which contained a huge bunch of cilantro, a bunch of parsley and a dozen small Italian cherry tomatoes. Total? Under $4.00.

Adding in some cumin and paprika, I now have this simmering in the hot pot.

Tomato Leek Soup


Which turned into supper –

and using up the last bagel



Fractal 53

24 Dec 16 – Completed

New Project

After looking at the other Fractals – which all measure 75×200 stitches – I decided to go ahead and start the second one I promised to the Eldest last year. It is on 11 Count (easier for tired eyes to see) and is 44×132 stitches. Just in case the implication isn’t clear – the first would be a total of 15,000 stitches. The chosen alternative is 5808 …

now I just have to go track down all 85 colors…

First Night of Hanukah

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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11 Responses to Soup of the Evening

  1. Alison says:

    That looks wonderful! Happy first day of Hanukkah!

  2. Bruce says:

    It is about sundown in California..

    Chag Chanukah Sameach!

    Sorry, we have to copy our Hebrew from elsewhere.

  3. Marie says:

    You and Brian are on the same track .He made fabulous fresh vegetable soup yesterday ,I think ever vegetable he could get his hands on went into the pot .

  4. Christiane says:

    Happy Hanukkah to you and your family !

  5. Cheryl says:

    Have a blessed Hanukkah!

  6. Vicki says:


  7. Klaus says:

    We wish you and your family a very
    Merry and beautiful Christmas and
    a Happy New Year.

  8. Brad says:


    Off today and tomorrow. My life is full.

    My cup runneth over.

  9. Carmen says:

    At Chez Vincent it is chicken soup with kale, onion, celery, carrots, turnip, and queso fresco.
    I am using black pepper, thyme, oregano, that sort of thing. Cumin sounds good, though. Maybe next time.

  10. Pat says:

    The fractal piece is BEAUTIFUL. I am, however , still rattling my head over vegetarian chicken stock. The soup looks and sounds delicious. Mmmmm. I’d have been dunking the bagel …

  11. Holly says:

    Vegetarian chicken stock is like having TVP masquerading as chicken strips or fake beef patties or meat balls. Normally I don’t do the fake meat of any kind. But then – it was in the bin, in bulk and a reasonable price. Why not try it?

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