Creamy celery soup and learning in London

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Just taking a bit of time to blog while I am on holiday here in London. While being here I have been reminded of something that I came to realise when I used to live in Dublin and that is just how quickly it gets dark. You think it is about ten o’clock judging by the darkness outside but in fact it really is five o’clock. The photo below was taken at about 6 in the evening.

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I don’t mind it but it definitely affects your mood. Suddenly tea sounds like an excellent idea to fight off the chill or even the fatigue. You just want to be cosy and an English tea is just the perfect solution. I love it. (I have stocked up on the stuff to take home!) Or even going home and having a nice dinner sounds perfect. The Spanish are always going on about how strange they think it is that people have dinner in England around 6 or 7 instead of the typical Spanish time of ten or even ten thirty but they need to take a closer look and realise that weather, seasons and climate play a big part in people’s lives.

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    During the holidays, I prepared this recipe from Martha Stewart for my guests and they all raved about it. With winter coming, it is a good idea to have recipes on hand that are easy, cheap and yummy! Perfect for fighting off a chill! I adapted the recipe slightly because she uses a medium onion but I had leeks on hand. I know my photo of the soup is not so remarkable but it tastes delicious.

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 pounds (12 to 15 large stalks) celery, sliced 1/2 inch thick crosswise (about 6 cups), leaves reserved for garnish
1 large leek, coarsely chopped
1 baking potato, (8 to 10 ounces),peeled and cut in 1/2 inch cubes
Coarse salt
1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

DIRECTIONS

Heat butter in a large (4-quart)saucepanΒ over medium heat. Add celery, leek, and potato; season with salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables begin to soften, 8 to 10 minutes.

Add 6 cups water toΒ saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer until vegetables are very tender, about 20 minutes.

Working in batches, puree soup until smooth. (To prevent splattering, fill blender only halfway, and allow the heat to escape: Remove cap from hole in lid; cover lid with a dish towel, holding down firmly while blending.) Return soup to pan; stir in lemon juice, and season with salt. Serve, garnished with celery leaves.

Enjoy and big higs and kisses from my new favourite city!

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Xxxxx Natascha

18 thoughts on “Creamy celery soup and learning in London

  1. I hadn’t thought there was such a big difference in when the sun sets in England and in Spain. Here, too, it was getting dark a little past 4 around Christmas time, but not quote so early as in England. In Philadelphia though–and in other cities, I imagine–the tall buildings block the sun shine earlier in the day. Beginning around November, I want to go to sleep so early because it’s so dark! πŸ™‚ Soup is always good!

    1. Thank you so much! I did not realise that I didn’t continue following you! I clicked on the wordpress follow on your blog but it does not seem to be working. I will log on via my computer instead of my phone anf try from there! 😘😘😘😘😘

  2. I hope you enjoyed London Natascha! It getting dark so early does affect your mood, that’s one thing about living in England I’m not too keen on…

    1. Thank you so much!I liked London very much! It is a great place to visit during Christmas especially! The people are so friendly, polite and helpful! People in Madrid are much more aloof and indifferent. The light, or lack of it, and the prices were kind of shocking though! It was great to hear English again. The city is beautiful! 😘😘😘😘😘😘😘

      1. Haaaa! Prices! Yes, London is shockingly expensive, it’s kind of outrageous really…that and the lack of light…but it makes up for all that in other ways. I’m glad you had a good time πŸ™‚ ❀

      2. I loved the theatres and the bookstores. I just love used bookstores! There is always something interesting going on. But the most charming part was the people. We went to see a Christmas Carol and it was just wonderful. I really miss being able to see a live play in my own language! Thank you so much xxxxx

      3. I love bookstores so much! Yes, London is quite a wonderful city, I live about 50 minutes from it by train so I go quite a lot – I love the theatre too, even if the plays are not in my own language πŸ˜‰
        xxxx

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