Eventually Tatler and Teen Tatler ran out of steam and i could no longer feign interest in anybody called Cressy or Peeves. I was beginning to feel like I was experiencing quite an intense comedown from my painkillers/not enough painkillers. I tragically had to go and make my own soup for entertainment/survival.
tchuh have to look after yourSELF green soup
1 leek cut into rings
2 garlic cloves chopped
big handful each of kale and spinach leaves
1/2 cup peas
splash sherry (deeply sorry for myself)
1 pint chicken stock
sour cream (*weeps*)
sweat all the vegetables for about 5-7 mins until soft and stewy.
grate in a long shower of nutmeg and a splash of sherry and after about a minute of furious bubbling (ie alcohol has cooked off) calm everything down by pouring in the stock.
bring to a simmer and leave it for another 5 mins or until you feel the kale leaves are wilted enough, or until you can't be bothered.
whizz in the blender in batches as once a build up of steam blew the top straight off mine and painted a small green ring on the ceiling.
try to make the soup as smooth as possible for the useless-toothless. add more water if you want it to be thinner, and stir in a swirl of sour cream as a special treat (the only happiness in my tiny dark mush life.......sobs brokenly)
Later Mum came home and took charge of matters. This is her recollection of how she made even more bloody soup for me:
1 potato (diced)
1/4 chopped squash "
1 onion "
1 can 200ml coconut milk
1/2 pint stock
Fry onion in olive oil until translucent and tenderish. Add the potato and the squash (orange thing whats it called?) and the carrot. Add a dash of sherry if you're feeling extravagant. Let it cook off until the alcohol evaporates, then add the stock and the coconut milk. Bring to a simmer and let it bubble away until the veg is tender then blend with a blender stick stick blender. Perfect for useless people I mean toothless people. Who can't eat.