Over the years that I have been pacing Veghel’s streets on my daily constitutionals I have seen many log piles. More people have wood burners than I would have imagined…or did I imagine them because when it came to re-finding them I couldn’t. Or I could but the householder’s car was parked right in front of the wood stash and I didn’t feel brave enough to wander on to someone’s property and up their drive to take a photo. And someone is always watching from a window – I may be exhibiting traits of a suspicious person when I whip my ipad out and try to get a good snap whilst trying to look innocent and harmless.
The positive side of not being able to find much was that, whatever the weather (rain, ice, storm force winds) I have been out each day searching. Without this task I think I would have stayed inside and watched ‘Father Brown’ and ‘Death in Paradise’ endlessly on the Entertainment channel – instead I braved the weather in the hope of finding a log pile or two, or three, or more. Here’s what I saw:
Not hugely inspiring – not even a dusting of snow to make it more seasonal. Which moves us on to beetroot, beetroot soup to be precise. I thought I’d offer as a consolation prize this super simple, super tasty beetroot soup recipe. Logs are earthy, beetroot is earthy – it’s a link.
All that is needed is a pack of pre-cooked beetroot (approx. 500g), an onion, some garlic, a couple of sticks of celery, 500ml of stock (any will do) and about 20 minutes, if that.
Fry the onion in a little oil, I use rapeseed oil. Then add the roughly chopped garlic, chopped celery, chopped beetroot and the stock and simmer for 15 minutes. When cool enough blitz with a…blitzer (the hand-held blender-stick thing, known as a blitzer in my family). And it’s ready. And it’s delicious. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Next week’s walk it off theme is bridges – the bridges of Veghel. I hope the weather is more accommodating, but snow is forecast…