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Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Simple Potato Tomato Soup

This soup is simple to make, delicious to eat, the ingredients are usually around the house, it is vegan, and most people like it. And it keeps for several days in the fridge, getting tastier as the flavours blend.

Coarsely chop 2 cups or more of potatoes, unpeeled if skins are thin, and put in a large pot with a cup or more of coarsely chopped onion and the same of celery. Add a 800 ml tin of chopped or whole tomatoes (if the latter, break up with the back of a wooden spoon) and 3 cups of water. Add a tablespoon of olive oil, grind in some black pepper, and add some dried or fresh herbs; parsley, thyme, oregano, marjoram and basil are all good. A dash of Worcestershire sauce or of balsamic vinegar can enhance the flavour. Bring it all to a boil, and simmer until the veggies are tender. Best if cooled, refrigerated and reheated to eat the next day. Taste for salt and add as needed before serving.

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