This is the glorious vegetable soup I made last night! Sometimes I surprise myself!
Red kidney beans (1 can)
Chick peas (1 can)
Pepper & Salt (to taste)
Beef stock (quite a bit)
Cut stuff up, simmer everything until you get bored, eat!
This is the equally delectable bread that Aidan made - well, it's half of it, because the other half got eaten before I could photograph it. I don't know the recipe for this, it's Aidan's speciality!
Together they made a perfectly scruptious meal, which I fully intend to duplicate with the left-overs tonight while Aidan is at work!
It's such a wonderful feeling to produce entire meals from scratch like this, particularly meals that most people buy in cans, boxes, or bags. It's very satisfying, lots of fun, and it tastes better too. The next step is to grow everything ourselves, in an ideal world.
We keep talking about a self-sufficient lifestyle: growing fruit and vegetables, keeping some livestock, even milling our own flour! We both grew up in more or less rural areas, and such ideas hark back to our childhood and our mothers' homegrown produce. One day, when we're tired of travel and we've saved enough that we don't need to work, it would be marvellous to get back to nature. Not entirely - I do like my electricity, flushing toilets, and so on! Did anybody ever see The Good Life? That's what I'd love to emulate, one day! (I mean as Barbara, not Margot.)
I suggested to Aidan that we should move to a commune. Not the hippy druggy ones, but a nice community of people who just want a simple life with outdoor work and animals! That would be nice.
In the meantime, I'm going to re-heat some of that soup, butter some bread, and try to find The Good Life clips on YouTube.