I needed a menu that had no gluten and decided that some fresh spring soup would fit the bill perfectly.
Fresh Spring Soup
- 1/4 cup butter
- 4 leeks
- 2 ribs celery
- 1 medium yellow onion .. diced
- 1 bunch of asparagus .. .sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
- 14 small red finger potatoes .. .diced
- 2 - 3 carrots .. .diced
- 6 cups of chicken stock
- a small handful of fresh dill
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup of heavy cream (optional)
fresh chives to garnish
Slice them thin and then rinse well in a colander. (they tend to have grit)
In a heavy saucepan, melt the butter and add the leeks and the onions and saute until tender but not caramelized.
Add the chicken stock.
Add all the veggies but the asparagus.
Add the dill.
Bring to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender.
Add the asparagus and simmer a few more minutes
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Just before serving add the heavy cream to add richness.
Over the years from time to time, the girl cousins that live in our area have made an effort to enjoy a lunch together.
There are seven girl cousins total but five that still live in our area.
Yesterday three cousins were able to come on short notice for lunch.
It is always fascinating to find that though we rarely run into one another nor do we chat on the phone, nor do we see each other at family gatherings often. . .
the connection remains.
When I was growing up,
I adored these girl cousins.
Not having a sister, they represented to me the
all important valued females in my life.
There was no greater treat on a Sunday afternoon than to be invited over to one of these girl cousins house for faspa.
(Mennonite Sunday afternoon supper consisting of homemade buns and homemade treats, peanut butter, jam. and cold cuts)
No matter how much time has passed when we get together our interests in the family continues to be our bond. We rejoice with each other in the happy moments of family life and we
are saddened by the difficulties that all families face.
The other girl cousins still have both their parents.
Some of the time we talk about how the aunts and uncles are doing.
It always amazes me that they ( my mothers siblings) continue on without my parents.
Somehow I thought that after my mom and dad passed away, the others close in age would soon follow. . .
This is a good thing.
The family lives on.
Something else we share. . . .
is one beautiful aunt that we all adore.
I call her Auntie Betty and I carry her name within mine .. .
She is really Aunt Lorena. . . some call her Betty as her Dad called her when she was young.
Some call her Lorena . . . her real first name.
I call her because I love her.
Since I hav invited her to read my blog. .
she does. . .
She is interested in my life ..
She cares, and it shows.
(oh and girls .. .even though you didn't fully give permission to have your picture up .. .
Auntie Betty trumps you .. .she said .. .
put it up)
(that is one of the reasons I love her so .. . she has spunk)
Have a wonderful day my friends.