Monday, February 27, 2006

when the bee stings

Soup is great isn’t it?

Soup is comfort food, nourishing and warm, there’s nothing better on a cold winter night.

I make great soup. Freshly chopped leaks and spring onions, sweet potatoes and yams, borlotti beans, chick peas and chopped fine beans and a handful of spinach towards the end, just to blanch it.

Then I add a can of soup, because I haven’t worked out how to actually add flavour yet.

But it’s scrummy with a big hunk of fresh bread.

Soup is good. Hot toasty dogs in front of an open fire are good. The tops of babies heads are good, fresh towels, crisp laundered bed sheets, a glass of rioja, hot buttered toast and tea…well, you get the picture. These are a few of my favourite things.

Lower down on my list of things to do when it’s raining outside is sitting in the middle of an astroturf pitch trying to bite back tears. Whoever it was that was charged with designing the soles of astro shoes was definitely overqualified. Make them grip they told him or her, and they did. If they’d told this person to design a condom the finished product would have been a microscopic mesh of carbon fibre and ruthenium capable of withstanding twelve atmospheres, deep space and being fired through a toilet wall without spilling a single tadpole.

Unfortunately this particular savant got astro soles instead. So when my meagre body decided to change direction with all of the feeble acceleration that I can muster, it was glued to the floor with the same coefficient of friction as a formula 1 tyre. Something had to give and it was my knee with an audible clunk.

On the bright side, I’ve found a comfortable way to sleep with it, but it does involve a lot of pillows and contortions, a sort of page 27 of the single man’s guide to the kama sutra…last night the covers rode right up over my head while I was asleep.

Maybe the soup was a bad idea on reflection


Pam said...

I think we need to change your name to 'Grace'. That's what my family would say when you are accident prone. just have a bizarre form of Munchausen Syndrome and Masochism.

Or you just might be one of the odd lot that likes to hang out in the Emergency Department!!

Seriously, I hope you get that taken care of. Just remember...
R.I.C.E. Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate.

Pam said...

Oh,yah, just got the title...a few of my favorite things.
I actually posted the words a week or so ago.

Clever Colin!!

Wendy said...

Oh Colin ... tsk tsk tsk ... whatever shall do with you? You play awfully hard you know. That knee does not look happy. Nonetheless, the soup IS a good idea. Soup is always good, and, in fact, yours sounded scrumptious. I love leeks and sweet potatoes, etc.

Don't forget to ice it!

Gerbera Daisy said...

Soup is always good for what ails you. That knee looks like it is screaming for ice.

Jenn said...

Yikes - I skipped ahead to the picture and was momentarily stunned, until I backed up and read the whole post.


I'm not so much a soup kinda gal. I can't figure out the benefit of something that doesn't fill my tummy. The bread...that I can understand. But the liquid in a bowl? Not so much.

Dee said...

Oh, I love soup. Love homemade potato soup on a cold wintry night. Veggie soup is good too. I hope your knee gets to feeling better.

Stacy The Peanut Queen said...

Ooooo...that's bad. Anything that involves knees and "audible clunks" in the same sentence cannot be good.

How's about some nice chicken noodle soup? They say that can cure just about anything...:)

Miladysa said...


There, there, there x

Pam said...

Hmmmm. Hard to tell from the photo. Looks swollen. Pain when you weight bear? Warm or hot at the site?
Sounds like a visit to the ortho for you my fine athletic but clumsy friend.

krisbtterfly said...

busting up your knee=bad

i've got a creamy potato recipe for down the line when you're ready to have soup again. lol

Jessica said...


patti_cake said...

OOhh that looks very painful Colin. You need to take care of yourself better! First the head now the knee? Whatever will we do with you?! Sending you some kneepads to go with all the helmets you've collected! Seriously I hope you are feeling better and I heart soup too.

patti_cake said...

Okay I wasn't going to say this but when I first scrolled down and glimpsed the picture (without reading the post) I thought it was a HNT pic with someone sticking out their bum! Maybe the age is playing hell on the eyes now too? Gah!

Anne said...

Ouch ouch ouch...hope that it feels better now...ouch...