Samstag, 4. Februar 2012

Fighting the cold II

-13.5 C outside, that's cold. Don't try to touch iron fences without gloves - I did.
Since the early morning I am running a fire on our fireplace.

Have to chop some wood soon, our typical work out during cold winter days (some sort of sports). Lucky we don't got that much snow yesterday. I cleared the street and the yard with a broom and was done in a few minutes only, but it is deep freezing outside. For my garden plants snow and milder temperatures would be much nicer. I guess I am going to loose some.

Inner yard not very welcoming

I cooked a bean soup for lunch:

 Just with a few ingredients:
1 garlic sausage, diced
1 carrot, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 small can tomatoe chunks
1 onion, diced
1 garlic glove, minced
1 big can white small beans, rinsed
1 big tablespoon tomatoe paste
600 ml water
1 teaspoon smoked chilli powder,
1 teaspoon sugar
pinch pepper, oregano, thyme, cumin
sip soysauce
Roast vegetables with the sausage dices in the sausage fat. Add tomatoe paste and sugar, roast a little and add everything else. Cook 30 minutes. Pretty perfect after wood chopping activities.Tastes better reheated.


Hiroyuki hat gesagt…

Yes, nothing like hot soup after doing some chores outside on a cold winter's day!

A fireplace is beautiful to look at, but it should be very tough maintaining it, isn't it?

Here in Niigata, you can't clear away the snow with a broom because it's dense and moist!

Fräulein Trude hat gesagt…

How tough it is to maintain a fireplaces depends on the quality of the tools. We have a really good small wood splitter which is rather easy to handle (it works with hydraulic power). Even I can split the logs with it
And I am not afraid of using the chain saw too.
It is not really tough.

Sissi hat gesagt…

You are so lucky to have a fireplace! The soup sounds excellent for such weather conditions. We also have very low temperatures, but no fire place :-(