We like to celebrate our weather down here.
A hint of sunshine and we flock to the beaches (despite the temperature).
A flurry of snow sees us scurrying to the mountains to frolic.
So Sunday saw us drive with a bunch of friends as far up the mountain as we could go.
It was actually snowing as we drove - to much excitement from the back seat.
We found our patch of snow, threw lots of snowballs, tried eating clean snow and went for a walk up the mountain to clear our heads.
(We forgot the keep-going snakes and so the littlest explorer lost his enthusiasm for the freezing temperatures a little sooner than we'd hoped).
Then lunch for 30 at the mountain pub - with roaring fires, loads of hot chips, red wine and laughter.
A magic snow day.
Just what we needed after the longest week.
Snowy, wintery weather calls for soup too
Yesterday I made tomato, basil and zucchini soup that I found on my blog trawls (but can't remember where)
Its delicious and easy if you want to give it a try.
Tomato, Basil and Zucchini Soup
1 brown onion chopped finely
1 clove garlic chopped finely
4 tins of tomatoes (whole and peeled or diced or a mixture)
A huge handful of basil torn up
3-4 zucchini (about banana sized ones)
a squeeze of tomato paste
4 cups vegetable stock
Fry onion and garlic slowly until they are golden and oozy
Add other vegetables, basil, tomato paste and stock.
Simmer for 60-90 mins and then puree.
What's your favourite soup?