Sunday, October 4, 2009

Azorean diary - a quick olá

Well, here I am with my chums At Flores in the Azores.

I'd like to be able to give you (and me!) an update, from afar, on the building work back home but when I emailed BB to ask how things were progressing (and to tell him that my lost luggage had turned up) I received the following chatty missive: "roof good. velux bad." Four words, leaving me to assume that there are problems putting the roof windows in. On vera.

My hosts are fellow foodies and it makes a nice change having someone else do all the (fabulous) cooking. Yesterday we gathered watercress from the riverbank and made Delia's watercress soup, which we all agreed was in our top 5 soup hits.

Serves 6-8
8 oz/225 g watercress, de-stalked (reserve a few leaves for garnishing)
4 oz/110 g butter
white parts of 5 leeks, chopped
4 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
3 pints/1.75 litres stock made with vegetable bouillon powder
salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Melt the butter in a large pan and add the leeks, potato and watercress. Stir around to coat with the butter.

2. Add some salt, cover with a lid and leave the vegetables to sweat for about 20 minutes.

3. Add the stock, bring to simmering point and simmer, covered, for about 15-20 minutes. Leave to cool and liquidise.

4. To serve, reheat and garnish with some watercress leaves.


Kathie said...

Am glad to know you found wild watercress during your visit -- although somehow I suspect my impoverished ancestors on the west coast of Flores didn't have leeks ;-) Soup sounds especially appetizing on these brisk autumn days here in the northeast US. Tell me, what are the daily max/min temperatures like in the Azores now? Hope you're having fun relaxing and soaking up the Azorean scenery and atmosphere. Best regards from me to your hosts!

le moulin said...

Kathie, Yes having a great time with my hosts thanks. The daily temp varies between 67 and 72 degrees F. Mild but raining a lot.

Di Overton said...

I wish I could have jumped in your suitcase :)