I started the day by picking up Whitney and Corbyn to spend some time at Dobbie's Garden Centre for a bit of retail therapy, but also cream scones and tea! I also bought Corbyn his souvenir from our cruise at Dobbie's! He and I had seriously discussed what to do about getting him something. It was a choice of finding something random or taking him shopping when we got home. Shopping happened earlier than expected and we picked up a great Lego set while we were at Dobbies.
Our next stop was to meet Alan and Morgan at his parents' house to spend some there for Mother's Day. But it was us that got the real treat!
Alan's mum has a few health issues and does not usually expend much energy apart from talking to us and enjoying our company. When we arrived, Whitney went into the kitchen to make us coffee and noticed the makings for Grandma's potato soup were sitting there almost ready to go into the pot. This potato soup is legendary in our family and the kids have grown up enjoying it. Whitney grabbed this opportunity to ask for advice on how to make it and we ended up with an impromptu cookery lesson!
My in-laws seem to have the smallest soup pot I have ever seen, but it is the perfect size for them to make enough soup for one day. My father-in-law does all the cutting up of the vegetables now. He puts about 4 quartered potatoes in the pot with one cup, or a half pint of water.
Next, Mum puts the chopped, uncooked carrots in the blender, with another cup or half pint of water and blends them. This was a revelation to me! I always thought she blended her soup after cooking. When I told her this, Mum explained that this makes the soup cook faster. It also makes the texture of the soup more distinctive than if it had been liquidized after cooking. The turnip is treated the same way, with yet another cup of water.
All these are thrown in the pot with the potatoes and then Mum adds 2 vegetable stock cubes, but she cuts them up into small pieces before she puts them in.
Cooks this soup about 20 minutes, or until done anyway. Then she uses an old fashioned potato masher to make the bits of potato smaller. Absolutely delicious and can't be more simple than that!
While we were all busy in the kitchen, Alan and Corbyn were building a new Lego set that we purchased at Dobbies. Glad they had something to do too!
What a fantastic British Mother's Day!
"The family is one of nature's masterpieces."