Goldfinch, Courgette Soup and Garden Herbs

04 Aug

1   Despite the heavy rain this morning, one of our Goldfinches came for some Nyger seed.

Goldfinch from indoors

Goldfinch from indoors

2   I’m still using the courgettes our lovely neighbour gave us the other day. Today it was Courgette Soup, very green and very delicious. It can be served chilled but I have put it in the freezer for lunch in the cooler months.

Very green soup

Very green soup

3   Then it was Courgette and Herb Risotto for supper! We are not vegetarians but do enjoy our meat free meals and this was no exception, full of goodness and flavour. I used Chives, Garlic Chives, Oregano, Basil and three kinds of mint, Ordinary, Pineapple and Peppermint. I love being able to go out and pick fresh herbs.Herbs from the garden

Herbs from the garden

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16 responses to “Goldfinch, Courgette Soup and Garden Herbs

  1. aFrankAngle

    August 5, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    We like using herbs that we’ve grown.

  2. Hudson Howl

    August 5, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I like this. Summer is not all flowery. Summer is subsistence. Summer is green, so why not eat it up. BON APPÉTIT ……. très bien

  3. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    August 5, 2013 at 12:38 am

    a “green” day for sure…I’m sure anything you make is delicious!…but, have never had…
    I am going to try the rice stuffed Courgette… this week is the plan!

  4. andrea

    August 4, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    lecker BROCCOLIsuppe…die kommt gerade richtig……

  5. coyotero2112

    August 4, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    The local specialities, Red Bean soup…Black Bean soup…I think I’d like to get adventuresome and try a bit of this ! 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 5, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      Your bean soups sound interesting. I shall look up some recipes. 🙂

      • coyotero2112

        August 5, 2013 at 6:41 pm

        Tico food isn’t for people who enjoy food…pretty simple. There’s a dish called a “casado” which is fried plantains, frijoles, rice, some sort of potatoes, a bit of picante and a healthy slice of chicken or fish. A lot of starch…a good diet for people who labor. Casado means “married” in Spanish, and this is sort of a marriage of their main fare. They’re cheap, sold in these working class places called sodas. There’s a few oddities, like goat spine, which is something special for guests. To torture them, I think…trying to get the small chunks of fat and meat dug out. They are artists with cake and pastries though…some indulgence to be had.

        • mybeautfulthings

          August 5, 2013 at 6:43 pm

          I fancy the cakes but not much else that you mention and certainly not the goat spine!! 🙂

  6. Jim in IA

    August 4, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    I have never eaten that soup. It looks good.

    And, here is an American Goldfinch for comparison. Ours are much less brightly colored in the winter.×300.jpg

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 5, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      How very beautiful! Thank you so much. 🙂

      The soup is good! Well worth making.

  7. makagutu

    August 4, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    The soup does look delicious

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 5, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      It is, especially made with homemade chicken stock as I did – no good if you are vegetarian though, of course, but vegetable stock would be good too 🙂


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