Tuesday, January 6, 2009

A Good Day for Soup

Today the temperature is around 32 degrees and freezing. It's a good day for soup. I had a leftover spiral ham from the holidays and I didn't know what to do with it. Split pea soup with ham is everyone's favorite, but not mine, so I decided to try and make ham & potato soup. Thanks goodness for the Internet. I found a basic recipe and followed it loosely.

I browned some chopped onion with a bit of oil in a large pot.

Next I added chopped celery, chopped & peeled potatoes, and small bits of the ham. I added about 3 cups of water and brought it to a boil.
In another smaller pot I combined 5 tablespoons of butter, and five tablespoons of flour with a drop of milk. I whisked it and slowly added more milk, about 1 1/2 cups of milk in total. When you add this mixture to the soup it begins to look creamy. Just cook it a little longer, and add salt and pepper to taste.

A little about the pottery bowl. This small crock was made in England, and I believe it is made from the same sort of brown clay that "Brown Betty" teapots are made of. This clay keeps everything really warm for a long time, and makes a great teapot as well as a great soup bowl. The pottery makers mark is shown below. I hope that you will stay warm with this soup.


Elizabeth said...

Yum yum.
Now you need to get some people to look at your blog.
You do that by going to my side bar and trying Willow Manor for instance and leaving a message there and with anyone else who seems nice.

you visit her blog -mostly a her - leave an upbeat message and maybe she will come back to see yours!

Daniela said...

Hi Lori:

Love the blog and nice to see what you're doing!


larkspur said...

Found you thru Elizabeth. Soup looks delicious. Come visit my blog at
gardenmother.blogspot.com and check out my post on Aardappelsoep - Dutch Potato Soup. Family recipe; it's fed many generations of Dutch!