Dark compost over the garden, I am beginning to dream about fresh greens. I am hoping for loads of spinach. Unable to wait I made this soup today:
Spinach Oatmeal Soup
Melt some butter in a soup pot. A couple tablespoons, maybe. Cut up an onion or two or three and cook it on low until it gets a little brown and transparent, stirring between doing the dishes and putting them away. Add a little more butter. Everybody loves butter.
Toss in a handful or two of oatmeal. Use whatever you have-- Irish, rolled oats, quick, anything that isn't instant and flavored like peaches and cream. Cook this with the onions and butter until it is also brown and a little sticky looking. Add a liter or so of broth (I used chicken) and let it simmer a bit.
If you have a potato cut it up and put it in. Soup loves a good potato. Wash a pound of spinach and take off any bits you wouldn't want to eat. Add it to the pot and cover. Cook until everything seems done: the potato is soft, the spinach is wilted. Puree.
Season with salt and pepper. Or cloves if you're like that. If you want a creamier soup add milk or sour cream. If you add dairy heat it slowly. Or serve the soup with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt or a splash of heavy cream.
Today I am having it without any dairy but when I heat it tomorrow I will add some.