Nina Nixon


I'm Nina, a photographer, film maker and forever wanderer.  Passionate about nature, the great outdoors and all of life's adventures.  This is the place where I keep all my 'field notes'

Home cooked comfort

I've finally got round to making some soup - not a hard thing to do at all really, but something my body and soul has needed for quite some time.

I really couldn't go on living off coffee and chocolate forever - as nice as it sounds - but my disorganized mind couldn't cope with the pure thinking about it, let alone bringing it all together.

Until last night that is when I had a good old talking to myself and decided it was fine time to get my body and mind coordinated.

Working on automatic pilot just doesn't make for a well rounded wholesome family - no sirree.

So I decided to keep it simple.

Roasted vegetables :: carrots, courgettes, potatoes and swede all whizzed up with the liquid of the broccoli (about 500ml) I had just blanched and some vegetable stock - that's it.

The longest part was waiting for the veggies to roast - an hour roughly on gas mark seven. Nice and slow.

And I couldn't have soup without some warm - homemade - bread. Nigel Slaters Lazy loaf.

Well it's more a soda loaf, but quick and easy and tastes mmmmmmm, mmmmmmm, mmmmmmmy - we do tend to eat soda bread far more then yeast loaves these days.

I nearly always have one baking when I'm cooking something hot for dinner.

Quite dense and doughy, but nice and soft and perfect for mopping up soup and especially good if you have lashings of butter smothered all over it which melts into the warm squidgy bread all drippy and buttery instinctively making you want to wipe your chin with the back of your hand and lick your fingers as you bite into it.

With a book at hand and a little treat for afters (Green and Blacks) - an absolute splendid way to spend lunch.

Just what I needed.

Home cooked comfort.