Candace Couse

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Rustic Roasted Vegetable Soup with Salmon

This soup is oh-so-yummy and can be made with any vegetables you have on hand. I made this huge batch using:
6 medium potatoes (three cut up for the soup, and three pre boiled for thickening)
3 cloves garlic
4 small fillets of salmon
1.5 cups assorted dried beans soaked overnight and boiled for an hour
Assorted vegetables (I used tomatoes, mushrooms, green peppers) - approx 5 cups
900ml vegetable stock
2 tbs marjoram
2 tsp ground thyme
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tbs lemon juice
1 tbs white wine vinegar
2 cups dry white wine
olive oil

Pre-cut your vegetables and mix them in a large bowl with salt and pepper, olive oil and the white wine vinegar. Set aside.

These tomatoes came right from my garden. I like using slightly under-ripe tomatoes when cooking because they have a nice sour kick.


Boil and drain both the beans and three of the potatoes and set aside

Chop up garlic and heat in a deep pot using olive oil and salt and pepper until garlic begins to cook. Add the three chopped potatoes, cook for 3-5 mins. 

Add wine, chicken stock and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer.

Add Marjoram, thyme, and red pepper flakes. Add beans

Hand mashing (or using a blender) blend remaining three boiled potatoes and add into soup stirring until dissolved.

 Place vegetables onto a tinfoil lined baking dish and place under grill, flipping on occasion, allowing them to slightly burn in places.

I consider it vegetable murder when vegetables are added into a soup too soon and lose all colour and texture. This soup is completely free of limp grey boiled vegetables!

Stir in Salmon, roasted vegetables and lemon juice. Add more salt and pepper to taste and you're done! 

Rustic Roasted Vegetable Soup with Salmon!

Pillow Dream

I'm in love with my new pillow from 

Can't get enough mustard yellow mixed with grey!

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Bamboo Update

Remember this?

Well now it looks like this:

The bamboo/hemp/cotton blend in sumptuous! I'm even thinking of picking some stitches back up and giving it a lose cowl neckline. Hummm?

While on the topic of knitting, look at this hand dyed silk yarn I picked up for 40% off! I can't wait to start on it. 


Summer on the Farm

An assortment of photographs from the farm this summer. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Darkened Chamber

I Love old photographs and my Grandmother has the riches collection of unusual and extraordinary ones. I have some on loan now for some research that I'm doing and I can't seem to put them down. 

This one is of my beautiful grandmother at fifteen working tobacco with her friend, aunt, and the devilishly good-looking Klusterman boy. Betty--my grandmother--is the dark haired girl with her hand on her face.

Here she is again, with my great, and great great grandmothers. Betty is in the black dress.

This is my great grandfather working his thrasher. Incredible!