It keeps popping into my mind with regards to this blog because I'm extremely lax on the old picture front. Some of my absolute favourite food blogs always have amazing pictures of gorgeous looking meals strewn throughout them and it always makes me feel a little shabby by comparison.
Yesterday, I had an absolute behemoth of a sirloin steak for tea. Seriously, seriously huge, but also glistening and tender and totally delicious and would have made a fantastic (if rather carnivorous) blog illustration. But I only remembered when I was about three quarters of the way through. And no one wants to see a picture of a mostly-eaten supper.
So instead you get this:
It may look rather unprepossessing - but this is the basis of our rather fabulous smelling tea tonight. Leeks, carrots, celery, dried split peas and homemade ham stock seasoned with black pepper, mustard powder and dried parsley all bunged in the slow cooker and then left to putter away on low for 6-8 hours before being whizzed up to make a gorgeous, hearty soup. And I can't tell you how much it warmed the cockles of my heart to be able to use the words "homemade" and "stock" in the same sentence. Just before serving, I plan to stir through a spoonful of mustard and some shredded gammon that has been languishing in the freezer since Christmas. Perfect Sunday night fare.