Monday, January 12, 2009

New Garden Decorations and Broccoli

Isn't this big cup and saucer planter the cutest thing ever. I planted it with Curly Whirly Juncus to give it the look of steam rising from a cup of coffee.

Baby Sister came to town and brought me this cool garden ornament for my birthday. My favorite color is cobalt blue. I just love it.

This is the second head of broccoli I have harvested this year. I will make a really good soup out of half of it and let the Monkeys eat the rest raw with dip.

Broccoli Lentil Soup
2 red potatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
One large head broccoli chopped up in the food processor
One large onion chopped up in the food processor
One celery stalk chopped up in the food processor
Six baby carrots chopped up in the food processor
5 ounces lentils
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander (ground fresh)
minced garlic clove
1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash original
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 tablespoons ground flax seed.
Enough chicken broth to cover all the above ingredients.

Slice the potatoes and brown in the olive oil, add all the other ingredients. Cook everything together until the lentils are soft and the potatoes fall apart. All the vegetables need to be very very finely chopped. Serve with a little (really just a little) shredded sharp cheese melted on top.


  1. I can't see the pictures Debbi. :(

  2. They're not showing up for me either, Aunt Debbi. The soup sounds delish.

  3. Debbie ... Debbie .... DEBBIE !!!!
    The pictures are not showing up girl !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL
    Other than that .. great post !! : )

  4. I don't know where they went. I will go and repost them.

  5. Love the garden ornament!
    You really had a busy weekend (former post). Can I have some of your energy...please?? :)

  6. Your sister is such a sweet heart, I'd adore an ornament like that. That soup recipe sounds yummy. Stop by my blog, I've got a surprise for you!

  7. Linda, She got it in Carlsbad NM. I love it.

    Hi Cinj, I just saw the award. Thanks so much.

  8. We have those planters over here too Deb - I included them on a garden centre kitsch post last year. I like your use of the Juncus to recreate coffee steam.

    Your broccoli soup recipe's most timely - I got 2 heads for 20p (about 30 cents) reduced at the supermarket last night as we're on a low fat regime at the moment I can't do my usual favourite broccoli and stilton (cheese) soup.

  9. vp, your broccoli cheese soup sounds awesome. I must try to resist the urge to try to make it. I remember that garden kitsch post, most amusing.