It’s been cold and wet – (a bit of rain finally – yay!) so it was time to crank up the wood stove and be cosy while I worked on my manuscript today. In the morning I bunged some ingredients in a pot to make my Mum’s Beef and Barley Soup recipe and plonked it on the wood stove to do it’s thing while I was preoccupied writing, and make sure the family gets fed something decent and wholesome (I can easily forget to do the feeding the family thing while I’m distracted!).
I realised at 3pm I’d forgotten to have lunch, so I peeked in the pot and stole a small portion of the family’s dinner for my late lunch. I accidentally poured in a whole teaspoon of ground black pepper into my little bowl of soup, but even withstanding that it is the best version of this soup I’ve ever made. It spent a number of hours bubbling away and then I moved it to the cooler raised section of the stove to just keep warm and simmery (if that’s even a word?!) That’s the first time I’ve cooked on top of our wood stove but it certainly won’t be the last. So, so melt-in-the-mouth tender and tasty. I do like a little soup with my pepper.
It’s been a productive day writing. So far 2 1/2 chapters and a few handwritten pages of plotting, with more to go. Woo hoo!