The last show …

Late afternoon – the sun is just about to hide beneath the horizon, but its last warm rays makes the few remaining roses in the garden glow. I am full of admiration for how the roses are struggling to keep their heads up, inspite of frosty nights and cold days. Some of them are not even clothed in leaves.

I spent a few hours late in the afternoon tidying up the garden before the snow blankets everything the other day. It was lovely, but cold. Knowing that a warm bowl of soup was planned for supper it didn’t matter that my fingers turned into icicles.

The original recipe for the soup was printed in the English version of Country Living, but me being me I had to adjust it slightly to our taste, adding both a tin of chopped tomatoes and some garlic. Served with home made focaccia, a small bowl of good olive oil to dip it in and good company it turned out to be a delicious meal.

Kale, chorizo and butter bean soup
(vegetarian if you drop the chorizo and use vegetable stock)

  • 225 chorizo cut into cubes or half slices
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped roughly
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, finely sliced
  • 1 large rosemary stalk
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 150 g kale, finely sliced
  • 1 l chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 tins butter beans, strained
Fry the chorizo on medium heat until it releases its lovely red juices. Increase the heat and fry until golden. Set aside. Reduce the heat somewhat and fry the onion together with the rosemary stalk and the bay leaf for about ten minutes until the onion is soft and translucent. Add the garlic the last couple of minutes. Add the stock, the tomatoes and the kale. Simmer for about 5 minutes. Mash half of the beans in a food processor or a fork. Add this and the remaining beans to the soup with the chorizo. Simmer another 3-4 minutes. Serve the soup in heated bowls sprinkled with some fresh chopped rosemary.
We had some lovely home made focaccia on hand, but a loaf of crusty bread would be just as good to dip in the soup.

Please do try to make the soup! I promise that it is delicious.

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