Ok, I'm back. I had a self imposed break from anything stressful this week and although I don't find blogging stressful, it was still nice to take a few days off.
What have you been doing this weekend? I've been painting my Dad's beautiful new house extension which was really fun and inspiring but not for the reasons you would imagine. You see, my Dad's wife was in a terrible car accident at the end of May. She is now ok (ish), but will still be in hospital for quite a few months yet. The small town my Dad lives in has really pulled together for him and have been cooking for the family (he still has three young children at home), driving them all around the state, doing their house cleaning, throwing fund raisers for them and this weekend, the neighbours all helped paint the entire interior of his new house extension.
I should have taken a photo (but didn't) because it looks fantastic. It was sooo much fun chatting and laughing with everyone which made the work easier. Meals were shared around a rustic table and was made up of yummy things like fresh bread, home made sausage rolls, quiche, biscuits, cakes and lots of cuppas.
It was truly humbling having everyone spend their precious weekend helping my family and was an even more special thing seeing the weight of the task lift off my Dad's shoulders as the weekend progressed.
Anyhoo, now home and a bit stuffed, I've rehashed an old fave soup recipe in order to get a quick meal on the table.
Creamy Cauliflower and Blue Cheese Soup:
1 head of Cauliflower
1 large Onion, chopped
1 Garlic clove, crushed
1 litre of vegetable stock
6 sprigs of fresh thyme, chopped
100g blue cheese (get a good quality one)
Saute the onion, garlic and chopped thyme in a bit of butter in a deep saucepan until the onion goes transparent.
Add the cauliflower, stock and cook for approx 20 minutes or until the cauliflower is nice and soft.
When cooked, puree with a stick mixer, add cream and cheese and simmer for a bit longer until the cheese melts.
Season with salt and pepper and serve with some bread. Enjoy!
This is a nice rich soup and reheats quite well if you're lucky to have some left over for the next day! I served mine with some home made garlic and herb bread.
Nice and full, I'm now sitting down and having a quiet moment to reflect on how well the weekend went and just how wonderful the human race can be. I've been lucky enough to have lived in a community previously where we were embraced and supported, not in a time of crisis but when we were new to the area and were undertaking a live-in renovation.We had the best neighbours who fed us, let us use their showers, loaned us tools and generally gave us their support and encouragement. We will always love them for it.
My task for you all this week is to wave and say hi to your neighbours. Such a small gesture but it might make "the old guy on the corner's" day!