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The joys of hearty autumnal soup

Wednesday, 25th October, 2017 5:12pm

When I got married last year to the amazing Mr T, we got a lovely gift from my friend Deirdre O’Shaughnessy (she used to be editor in this lovely publication) of two mugs and a book called ‘Hygge’.

I read the book cover to cover and have actually adapted quite a few tips for a hygge life.

The first item I purchased after reading the book was a standing lamp. So, rather than having the harsh ceiling lights on, I enjoy the warm glow from the single lamp.

Candles were always around but now I am actually lighting them.

Anyhow, the reason I am telling you all that is that I love autumn and these small changes to the light made all the difference to having a very cozy night in.

And with autumn, rich warming soups have made an appearance in the cottage and you might not believe it, but Mr T has become quite the master in soup-making.

Almost every evening he would go through my cookbooks and asks “do we have ground coriander, do we have bay leaves and so on” – most of the time I do have the ingredients and I watch him performing his ‘magic’ as I am doing while writing this column (my office door leads into the kitchen).

The countertop looks like a bomb, as he is a very messy chef – but what do they say, ‘a messy chef is a creative one?’

I love watching him making soup and baking bread (his brown bread is amazing – he used a recipe by the Firehouse Bakery but has since ‘personalised’ the recipe using more seeds etc). This is what I call ‘domestic bliss’ until I have to clean the kitchen (we have different opinions on what the meaning of tidy is). I might get him chef’s whites for Christmas though – who knows, the next Irish master chef might come from the cottage.

I am currently not doing much cooking myself as I have injured my leg and sitting with the leg up most of the time so I am eager to get back to the stove.

But being almost immobile gives me time to plan ahead – my radio show on Cork City Community Radio is coming up in November again and I am thinking already of interviews I want to do, features and more.

This year, I might even have a partner in crime who will be going out each week to gather the best news of our restaurants and so on. So watch this space for updates.

And on the same note: last season, I called the show ‘The Food Affair’ – I am looking for ideas on how to name the show this season? Any ideas? Send them to me to elke@biasasta.ie.

The name that is chosen will win a little prize. I am looking forward to some creative names.


What’s on:

2 Nov. Tasting Joyce

4 Nov. Nigella @ Dubray, Dublin

5 Nov. Dine in the Dark @ Feed your Senses

9– 12 Nov. Listowel Food Fair

17 Nov. Cork Heart Lunch

18– 19 Nov. Ballymaloe Craft Fair

23 Nov. Thanksgiving Dinner, Ballymaloe

25– 26 Nov. Cork Chocolate & Baking Festival

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