Here it is, finally: my soup recipe, which has been passed down from Kindergarten to Acorns, not quite modified or re-adapted, but rather changed and slightly distorted, as in a recipe Chinese Whisper!
It has never been written down, by us in Acorns, nor
Greenwich Steiner School, as far as I know! I am sure there is a recipe in one of the Steiner books somewhere...
I am slightly reluctant writing this down, so I do it with the knowledge that you understand
two things: it will be similar but never exaclty the same as Susannah's soup,
and for this reason, each soup is unique and the product of one or two or more kitchen fairies!
The second thing is that this is an ever changing and quite flexible recipe as it needs to change according to the season and ingredients available!
I have one rule of my own: I do not put nightshades in with the exception of an occasional potato or tomato, but for sure, never aubergines and mushrooms. I simply do not like them in a soup! Perhaps sauteed or grilled but not swimming in broth! It's a personal thing!
So, for the Acorns soup there are different options: with grains added at the beginning or at the end; this depends on how long the grain needs cooking.
As for quantities, this soup fills the pot and it is a sharing soup, I do not
measure anything and it should feed the whole group - avarage number of people, 15!
Barley and vegetable
Sautee 1 onion in sunflower oil
Add pearl barley - about one cup
add 2 chopped carrots,
add a bit of water and a bay leaf
add root vegetables such as half a swede, cubed
a parsnip, sliced/chopped or cubed
add some golden beetroot
or some butternut squash
and/or some sweet potato
all root vegetables cut small
add more water
cook for 15 minutes
add some more water
add leeks, sliced
maybe add greens such as kale, cabbage cut or shredded small
marigold boullion, I like the orange top one or the purple-reduced salt-
about one large tablespoon
switch off and cover with lid
serve after about 10 minutes, so is cooler for little mouths!
Sautee 1 onion or
two shallots in some olive oil
add chopped carrot, a stalk or
two celeri, finely sliced
stir until they start sweating a bit
add 1 potato cubed ( could be a sweet potato)
add water- about 2 litres
add chopped/cubed butternut squash
1 red beetroot
cover and simmer for 15 minutes
then, add leek, cabbage, broccoli or peas,
or all of above!
add some garlic
add some tomato passata
or some fresh chopped plum tomatos without skin
some herbs, like basil oregano and parsley
marigold boullion, about a tablespoon
add some more water if necessary (already boiled from kettle)
and a packet of pasta around 250 gr or a bit more- up to 400gr
this could be short pasta or baby pasta stars or
maccheroni, penne or even spaghetti but broken in small pieces - I often add
rice or millet pasta or corn kamut or quinoa pasta when I want a wheat free
soup, and it is lovely- the best brands are Biona, La Terra e Cielo, Bioidea,
but also supermarket own brands of wheat/wholewheat or wheat free pasta are
good, my favourite one ( being a fussy Italian) are the Marks and Spencer's
Stir and simmer for a further 5 minutes and switch off and cover
the soup will rest a bit and you may serve it with bread and butter after 10 minutes
Hope you enjoy these recipes and
please, if you have any recipes send them in!
bring lovely soups at the outdoor group, and I would love those
Spring Circle for little children
A collection of verses and songs for ring time
Spring is coming, spring is coming:
birdies build yournest!
Weave together straw and feather,
doing each your best!
Spring is coming, spring is coming:
flowers are coming too,
Pansies, lilies, daffodillies,
All are coming through!
Spring is coming, spring is coming,
All around is fair!
Shimmer, quiver on the river
Joy is everywhere!
Wake up, wake up, all you little children,
Sunlight, sky bright,
Spring is coming now
March winds blowing
Daffodils a blowing,
Birds sing, bells ring,
There’s blossom on the bough.
Piper, piper , play your happy music!
Singing, singing, we will follow on.
Dancing through the daytime
Lead us to the May time
Ding-dong-Spring song, Winter ‘s past and gone!
In and out the dusty bluebells,
out the dusty bluebells,
Who will be my partner?
On my shoulder..............
You will be my
Or: Pit-a-pat on your shoulder…different
See the little bunnies sleeping ‘till is nearly noon…
Shall we wake them with a merry tune?
Oh so sweet- Are they ill?
Wake up soon!
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop,
Hop little bunnies hop,hop, hop
Ten little fairies stand up straight
Ten little fairies make a gate
Ten little fairies bow to the King
Ten little fairies make a ring
Ten little fairies dance and play
Ten little fairies fly away ( hide away)
Daffodilly down came to town
With her yellow bonnet and her green gown!
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crocus , open up - Catch a Sunbeam in your cup!
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The silver raindrops patter upon the earth today
Tip tap, their knock is gentle and this is what they say
“Awake now little flowers and open wide your door,
Put on your rainbow dresses as Spring is here once more!
Acorns: a gentle nurturing environment for babies and young children.