Autumn is here! Ok granted, according to CMs learning calendar Autumn actually starts in September and lasts for 3 months, but the weather has been so mild that I’ve had to keep delaying this post – well that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it! Actually the real reason for my blog silence is that the last couple of months has been a period of big change. New routine for the kids, new job for me and it really didn’t help that I got completely addicted to Our Girl, Mistresses (US version of course) and the boxed set of Breaking Bad that’s been on my shelf for the last 2 years! But that’s all in the past now. I am now completely settled in my new routine (I wish) and have quit my TV addiction (well as soon as GBBO finishes this week) and will be back more regularly (who am I kidding).
But back to Autumn. It’s here and I love it. I bore you with the same thing this time every year but there really is something about saying goodbye to our unpredictable British summer that I like. Crisp, fresh air, golden leaves and the last rays of sun. Sadly over the last few years the open fires, goblets of plummy red wine and movie nights have been replaced with microwaveable wheat packs, decaf tea and early nights but the romanticism of Autumn still gets me every year.
But more than anything it’s the food I love. I’m a food traditionalist. None of this new age clean eating for me (although I read a number of articles in The Pool today about just how bad all this new fangled gluten-free-make-food-as-boring-as-you-can-paleo-stuff can be so I am feeling very smug). Although I do dabble in the odd bit of quinoa and rainbow chard it’s comfort food all the way for me. And a big part of that is soup. It may sound odd to some that soup could be a whole meal but if it’s made right these one-pot wonders can be everything you could wish for. Warming, filling, healthy and super speedy for a weeknight supper. This Chinese Rice Bowl Soup is a new invention for me. I freshened up my traditional chicken noodle soup by substituting the noodles for rice and some chicken gyoza cooked and placed on top just give it a little extra something. Ok granted it means it’s no longer a one-pot meal but sometimes a little bit of luxury can make all the difference.
Chinese Rice Bowl Soup (serves 2-3 |total prep and cooking time 30 mins)