Daily Archives: 22 August 2011

Walks, castles and coast

Before I start this I think I should point out that Northumberland is a beautiful place, well worth a visit if you like the outdoors. Lots of lovely walks, castle ruins and rugged shoreline.

Last year we spent three nights with friends near Bamburgh, and were fortunate to get some lovely days to explore. So, when offered the chance to go back this year, for a week on our own in a caravan this time, we were quite keen.

Unfortunately for us it was the week of the severe weather warnings in the area. And they were not wrong! 

The first evening we made a plan of action as it was obvious that my summer packing was not going to cut it, we needed more supplies! In the morning we went to the local camping shop to buy myself and my husband some wellies, that made wading to the shower block considerably easier.

Chris admitted that his top of the range waterproof he’d brought along was not doing it’s job, and bought a pack-a-mac. Then we had a clothes stock check, and on our next supermarket visit bought the children more trousers and ourselves more thick socks, to wear in the wellies.

All was not completely lost, we managed a couple of picnics.
One day it was actually dry and quite bright inbetween the clouds rushing along, and we found a sheltered sand dune at Cheswick to sit in to refuel before we got the kites out. Another day visiting Lindisfarne the picnic was a good old-fashioned British eat-in-the-car-admiring-the-coast-view-through-the-windscreen affair.

Instead of picnics what we could have done with was some warming soup, maybe something like the Curried Soup on page 145 of this year’s Dairy Diary? The caravan although well-equipped, was not the place to be trying out creative cookery though.

We cut our losses and packed up a day early to return home. What a relief that was! The sun came out and I managed to dry load after load of muddy, damp washing outside.

Have a warm dry week!

Karen
Dairy Diary Team

Currie Soup with Bacon

Curried Soup with Bacon
A super tasty soup that’s so easy to prepare.

Dairy Diary recipe.

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Curried Soup with Bacon

A super tasty soup that’s so easy to prepare.

Currie Soup with Bacon

Serves 4
Time 35 mins
Calories 171 per portion
Fat 9g of which 4.2g is saturated
Suitable for freezing

Butter 15g (½oz)
Carrot 1, peeled and chopped
Onion 1, peeled and chopped
Potato 175g (6oz), peeled and diced
Smoked streaky bacon 4 rashers, chopped
Korma curry paste 2 tsp
Chicken stock 450ml (¾ pint)
Milk 300ml (½ pint)
Chopped coriander 3tbsp

1 Melt butter in a large pan and gently sauté carrot, onion, potato and bacon for 10 minutes.

2 Stir in curry paste, cook 1 minute then add stock and season with salt and pepper. Bring up to boil, stirring, then cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

3 Purée with a stick blender or in a food processor. Add milk and coriander and reheat.

Dairy Diary recipe.

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