Potato Leek Soup

Mother Nature set the mood today for the perfect “Soup Day” .  The weather is cooling down, the leaves are starting to turn color, and it’s raining out.  These are the types of days that really get you into the mood to make a big pot of soup.  I don’t know why but I really like dull dreary rainy days, maybe they remind me of the East Coast of Canada, were the weather gets into your bones and lives in your soul, or maybe it’s just natures way of reminding us to get ready for winter.  There’s just something comforting about hovering over a big pot of hot soup, adding the spices and inhaling the aromas.  So today is “Potato Leek” soup day.  I love the white pepper in this recipe, it really makes the flavor unique.  Enjoy!

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Pickled Eggplant

~Pickled Eggplant, also known as “Aubergine”~

The eggplant is very popular in a variety of cultures.  What an interesting vegetable in deed.  It’s a member of the nightshade family, and has been cultivated throughout the world dating back to the middle ages.  This is the first year  that I have tried growing some, and so far the results are good.  With so many varieties to pick, I tried some small green and white striped ones .  They seem pretty well resistant to the ferocious insects of Northern Ontario, and did not need very much of my attention, making them a winner for my garden. I like simple gardening with a high yield .

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