Fresh French Sorrel Soup Variations

The basic process.

When making soup we go through a set of steps:

  • Saute´ aromatics in the fat of your choice and a little sea salt until golden
  • Add your choice of stock and bring to a boil
  • Add other ingredients and simmer until cooked 
  • (Optional) Blend soup 
  • Flavour adjustment if needed
  • Garnish

The basic ingredients for Sorrel Soup

  • Any one or combination of minced aromatics: onions, garlic, green garlic
  • Your choice of stock or broth
  • Fresh French sorrel leaves, sliced thin
  • Salt and pepper 

Make it more fancy or hearty

  • Add herbs: parsley and dill 
  • Add diced carrots, potatoes and celery
  • Add cream or milk at end of cooking (do not boil)
  • Add cooked chicken
  • Garnish with hard cooked egg

The recipe we use here:

  1. Sauté minced green garlic, onion, carrot and celery leaves in butter in a large saucepan with a bay leaf and a pinch of sea salt.
  2. Once aromatics are golden, add about 4C beef bone broth (perhaps thinned with a little water) and bring to a boil. 
  3. Add at least 1C diced potatoes. Cook until they are nearly tender.
  4. Add 2C thinly sliced French sorrel leaves, 1/4c fresh parsley and 1 T fresh dill. Cook for another 5 minutes or so. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  5. Garnish with a dollop of yogurt, sour cream or kefir. 

Serve with cheese and crusty bread as a starter or light meal. 



Patience is a Virtue, Right? (Newsletter)

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Little green beans are forming in the bean patch. So many veggies are on the verge of taking off. It is hard to be patient.

What was I just saying last week about taking time to appreciate the days? This week I feel like I can’t wait any longer. It’s time for certain veggies to just get on with it already! 

When I peek in the hoop house, there are cherry tomatoes just starting to turn scattered here and there among the greenery. The green beans are starting to fill in and the collards are slowly putting on some size. Little tiny eggplants are starting to form.

Deep breath. Everything in its time. Continue reading “Patience is a Virtue, Right? (Newsletter)”

Decision Time (Newsletter)

rows of garlic growing at bird's nest garden farm
Checking on the garlic scapes this morning. That rain came at just the right time.

Wow, that was a great rain.

It came at just the right time to keep everything alive. I have to admit, it was touch and go there for the garden last week. We over-taxed our well on Thursday and ran out of water for a bit. That was really not super fun. 

Now we’ve had a rain rescue and the veggies are looking much happier. It’s like they have a new vitality and vigour. It’s so encouraging to see. Continue reading “Decision Time (Newsletter)”

We’re Almost There (Newsletter)

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Stir fry veggie pack: bok choi, mizuna, tatsoi, green garlic, purple orach and chives

It feels like we had a bit of a soft open last week with our emergency stir fry packages. Thank you to everyone who participated. It was really short notice. However, getting those veggies to you was a thrill.

Drought and Weird Weather

Part of the reason we had such an “emergency” with the greens was the crazy up and down temperatures we’ve had over the last few weeks. 

Cool weather transitioning to hot weather triggers some plants to make flowers, or bolt. Heat combined with a lack of rain can exacerbate this. 
Continue reading “We’re Almost There (Newsletter)”