Friday, January 18, 2013

Snow stories and store cupboard soup, sorry!




Sadly the view outside my window did not look like this.  No, Dublin is enjoying wind, rain, grey skies and heavy traffic.  I know this because I had to drop Angel to College for an exam - 2 miles one way - and aspie boy to school - 2 miles the other - because his bus was running late.  It took an hour.  And I know every short cut.  I will never complain about working from home again!

It may be winter outside, but behind closed doors the green shoots of hope are starting to appear at home and school.  There have been some really good days.

And then a huge breakthrough this afternoon.  I may have mentioned that we've been nowhere and done nothing - well almost - for the past number of weeks.  I wanted him to be totally comfortable and safe at home. To make it somewhere that he didn't feel constantly nagged and told to do stuff that he finds challenging.  Simple everyday activities like a trip to the supermarket.  I figured that if we got to that point, he might start to make baby steps back into the big world outside.  I have suggested things before, unsuccessfully, but today he finally said yes.  And we're going wall climbing at the end of the month.  I replied as calmly as I could, but inside I was jumping for joy.

An hour later and dinner was pizza.  Again.  But the side dish of vegetables was eaten too.  Another good sign, I think!

Maybe, just maybe, dare I hope that I'm on the right track this time?  There's a long way to go, but perhaps with help those little shoots will get bigger...

In other news...

I was drooling over this soup recipe from Wholesome Ireland at lunch time, and it inspired me to make my own STORE CUPBOARD SOUP, perfect for a day that threatened snow.

Half an onion fried in a tiny knob of butter.
Pour on hot stock.
Tip in a couple of cupfuls of frozen vegetables.
Simmer for 10 minutes.
Add some milk.
Thicken (I used this stuff which I think is like magic)





Blend or liquidise.
Brave the wind and rain in the garden to get a sprig of parsley to decorate it.
Dig a spoon out of the drawer and enjoy :)


20 comments:

  1. I drooled over Wholesome Ireland's soup too. I've never seen that thickening agent but am going to get it, thanks for the tip! None of that i as important as wall climbing and vegetables, congratulations! We could all do with keeping that in mind about our homes, I think: That they should be places where our children can feel comfortable and safe so that they might be better able for the outside world.

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    1. I often don't follow other people's recipes exactly, but they are so inspiring!

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  2. I think that there is nothing quite as nice or as nourishing as a good homemade soup with hot buttered toast. I've never spotted those thickening granules before. If you're stuck and have run out then mix 1 teaspoon of butter with 2 teaspoons of plain flour until you get a paste. Then add the paste to the soup bit by bit so that you get the thickness you want. ;-)

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    1. Yes, the butter and flour mix is sure to be healthier, but the ingredient list on these granules is refreshingly short and they are tasteless and just dissolve :) Great for when you're in a rush, which I always am!

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  3. Great to here that! My own eldest son took a while away from school and it worked very well. We did no school work at all and gradually I got him into the odd challenge, like horse riding. It was amazing to see the light come back into his eyes. He eventually decided to go back himself and although it continued to be an awful struggle he kind of stuck at it then. It took 10 years after he left school to sort out college, but he is now doing great and has found an area of study which absorbs and challenges him. It's great to hear him now able to describe and moderate his quirks and laugh about his personality........continued good luck you are on the right track.......

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  4. Best of luck x the soup looks wonderful

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  5. Fabulous news. You have created a peaceful haven to allow the green shoots of hope to tentatively peep through ;-)

    Well done....follow your instincts :-)

    xx Jazzy

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    1. It seems to make sense, though some days still not good xx

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  6. The sprig of parsley does it for me - well done (on all accounts).

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  7. Its great to hear that things are looking up, slowly but surely. As for the soup, looks yummy but right at this moment I am thinking icecream! :)

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    1. Save the soup for your trip to Ireland in April :)

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  8. Ooooh that soup looks delish! I love soup - may have to try that out.

    Sorry to hear you've had wind and rain. We've had a great time in the snow but it started last Thursday and today (Tuesday) is the first day we haven't had any more. I'm so over it now!

    Anyway, sounds hopeful with Aspie boy. Can't wait to hear how the wall climbing goes xx

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    1. I'm very tempted to do the wall climbing myself :) xx

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  9. Oh that soup looks yum. I'm a great believer in frozen veg, onion, stock and lentils - all blitzed together and warm - great on a cold day!
    And those baby steps and green shoots - hopefully it will grow!

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    1. Thanks Julie, I'll have to try adding lentils too, great idea :)

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    2. i sometimes use Knorr stockpots, or get a tub of powdered stock - it has a posh name that i can't spell!! Bouillon i think. You can get it in Holland and Barret and i suppose any health food shop.

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  10. yum yum
    I am loooking for some healthy crock pot recipes for soup

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