Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Sorrel Soup

I have at last managed to raise enough energy  to make some soup!  As there is so much sorrel in the garden (see my last post), that is what I decided to utilise.  It really is very yummy, and so very quick and easy to make. I did, quite a long time ago, put a link to my cookery website for this soup, but here it is in full.  I have had this recipe for some time, so cannot remember where it originated from.

Sorrel is very easy to grow, and seems to survive both hot and cold weather. If you have never tried it, please give it a go. I love adding  the leaves to salads, as it gives a nice tangy flavour and I often add it to my chard or spinach dishes as well.  Rumex sp. R. scutatus (French sorrel), R. acetosa (garden sorrel),

Bunch of Sorrel


SORREL SOUP
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped carrot
2 chopped cloves garlic
2 tbsp. flour
1/4 cup chopped chives
3 tbsp. butter
Large bunch of coarsely chopped sorrel - stalk removed
1 litre hot chicken stock
salt and pepper to taste

Sauté onions, carrots and garlic in butter until soft. Add flour and sauté about 2 minutes. Add a small amount of the stock to prevent burning, stir and then add sorrel and chives, sauté until wilted. Add remainder of stock slowly while stirring, then simmer 3 to 4 minutes to develop the flavor. Season to taste.
Liquidise lightly and serve sprinkled with parmesan cheese or a little cream. 

Enjoy 

104 comments:

  1. I have never, knowingly, eaten sorrel. It does look like something I would like a lot. What is the French word for sorrel. Glad you are doing a little better. How is Nigel adjusting to retirement? :)

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  2. Susan Sorrel in French is oseille. I love it, and in salads it gives a slightly sharp lemony flavour. Nigel is not adjusting very well as yet, there is so much to do with re-registering the car, sorting out finances, as we do not get our pension until Nov next year. Trying to sell the house in the UK. Then added to it all he has been very stressed out over my health. Next year I hope all will be better and we may have time to relax!! Diane

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  3. This looks good! I LOVE soup and eat it every day for lunch. It's the quickest and easiest way I can think of to make sure I get my veggies! ; }

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  4. I have only eaten wild sorrel long ago mixed with other greens. The soup sounds good.

    Glad you are feeling well enough to cook.

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  5. I began growing one little plant of sorrel, and now it has taken over the garden, self seeding and appearing both winter and summer, all through the year, actually. Great soup!

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  6. I have never tried sorrel before, I'll have to look for ir or try to plant it. Our winters are good for growing veggies, maybe I'll give it a grow...er go! :)

    Hope things are going good for you two, hang in there!!!

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  7. My dear friend Diane
    Your soup ,it seems very tasty!
    Oxalis in Greece, is a plant with purple flowers small, that its leaves look like alfalfa.
    Your own plant i do not know.
    Glad to be better and will become even better!
    Many greetings and kisses

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  8. Sonia I really love this soup. It is so easy and quick it can be made at the last minute almost. Thanks for coming to visit, I appreciate your comment. Diane

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  9. Gaelyn I have got a bit more energetic in the kitchen, I felt sorry for Nigel!! This is a really tasty soup. Diane

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  10. Rosaria I seem to have controlled mine with little trouble, I just cut the flowers off. I have planted though about 10 plants and they are doing really well. Diane

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  11. Lyndsey it is really worth planting a few plants if you can get it. Ours is really looking good at the moment, but I do have it all year round. Just have to keep an eye open for snails!! Diane

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  12. Magda I am surprised that you do not know the plant in Greece. Oxalis is totally different to Sorrel, or Oseille in French. I thought that Oxalis was part of the clover family. It is worth having a look for. Take care Diane

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  13. I've never had sorrel Diane, must look out for it...could be a useful addition to the "we're skint" soup.

    SP

    PS We're on day two of it today and there's still loads left, one can get too much of a good thing!

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  14. SP it is a really cheap soup especially if it is growing in the garden! Sure it would be a good addition to lentil soup, as you say you can have so much of a good thing LOL. Diane

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  15. I love all sort of vegetable soups si if I had any sorrel I'd give it a go!

    Hope you are feeling better Diane, and that Nigel will soon be better able to relax.

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  16. I've never tried sorrel - is it a form of lettuce?
    I love a bowl of soup - a true comfort food!!

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  17. GaynorB we grew it in a small corner in the UK and we have quite a lot here. It does not need a lot of care once established, so you could put a root in in both of your gardens as we did. If you can't find any come and give us a visit and I will let you have some roots.
    I am a bit better, but certainly not there yet. Nigel is running around at the moment sorting out the car, off to the prefecture tomorrow. Hope it all runs smoothly so far so good. Still trying to sort out the health problems but that is UK pensions holding things up!!
    Diane

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  18. Ellie Sorrel, is a perennial herb. Once well established it grows quite thick and bushy as you can see in my previous post. My plants have been in for about four years and doing extremely well with very little care. There are various kinds so far as I know. I am not sure of the Latin name for my particular species. Worth looking out for I would say. Diane

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  19. Hello Diane, I'm sorry to hear that you are still not feeling well. Your soup sounds delicious and I hope it helped you get better with all the nutrients in it. I haven't seen any sorrel sold in the stores here, I will be on the look out to find some. Take care of yourself.

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  20. I don't think I've ever eaten sorrel. Your soup sounds delicious Diane. Hope you're feeling better & better as each day goes by.
    Sam

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  21. what a great idea! sorrel grows wild in lebanon and is used in dumplings but why not soup? will follow up on that idea.

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  22. The soup looks really good, Diane, and some sorrel would make a perfect addition to the potager. You've done a wonderful job promoting it!

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  23. I don't think I have eaten sorrel, ever. Actually, until I read what you wrote, I didn't know what it was. It looks like an attractive plant. I have no idea what it tastes like though.

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  24. I have not seen a sorrel before, it looks a bit like a spinach

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  25. i believe we do not have sorrels here, it looks so green and nice, must have been a great harvest too! Gald to know you're feeling more energetic now!

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  26. I didn't know what sorrel was but when I saw the picture I realized we have it in the market here in Rome. I have to look up the Italian name. It looks like you have the same problem as me with the internet connection. We're using the internet key but it goes on and off, and it takes forever to change page, so I have often go to a cafè near by where they have free wifi. I see that you like only music of the sixties...me too, and of course, as you can seem my daugher too, she won't sing anything after that. She said she should have been born in that era. Have a nice weekend!

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  27. I haven't tried sorrel before - but you've made me very curious and interested - I will be checking out where I can purchase it or maybe even grow it myself!

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  28. Marco Pasho it is well worth looking out for, or I think so anyway. The cough has certainly improved during the day, but still not good at night. Hope all is well with you. Diane x

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  29. Hi Sam, it is worth looking out for it grows easily and is great in salads as well as soup. Diane

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  30. Taste of Beirut, right now I am off to make dumplings as well. Thanks for that. Diane

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  31. Rebecca the soup is excellent. Health-wise I am improving though slowly, nights are still not good. Take care Diane

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  32. Colin and Elizabeth, you should be able to get some without any problem. If not you can always come and visit and I will give you a root :) Diane

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  33. bookcasefoodie thanks for your visit. Just took a look at your blog but I cannot see anywhere to leave comments, by the way I love anise. I am sure that you would love sorrel in different recipes if you can get some. It has a slight sharp lemony flavour on its own. Diane

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  34. Sorrel has such a fresh, zingy flavour so no wonder your soup is so delicious. I must check out where I can get sorrel seeds from here.

    Pleased that you are improving - may it continue. And full sympathy to Nigel, hoping all the tedious paper work and approvals are soon sorted.

    Sending our huggles, Michelle xxx (okay, so Zeb is purr/snoring - what's new!)

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  35. Ola it does look a bit like young spinach, but the leaves do not get very big. It is, so far as I know, also classed as a herb. Take care Diane

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  36. Lena it is quite possible that you do not have it there but you have many things that we never see :) Diane

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  37. Francesca our connection is not brilliant but at the moment I am on my very old laptop which is slow on its own! My new laptop is not happy at the moment and will not connect to anything. Nothing like the 60's for good music :) I f you can get it in Rome then see if you can get a root and plant it, after a couple of years I had a pretty big plant now after four years thee is masses. The more I pick the more it grows.
    You have a good weekend as well. Take care Diane

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  38. I don't think I've ever had sorrel but your description (and picture of the soup) has sold me! I shall give the recipe a go :-)

    Hope you mend soon

    C x

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  39. Michelle you obviously know the flavour, if you cannot get seed I could have a look for you here and post it. That is if NZ will allow seed in by post!
    Today has been frantic with driving around trying to get paper work sorted out, but the more we get done the closer to getting it finished.
    Hugs to both you and Zeb, I promise that email will get done eventually :) Diane xo

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  40. The Café Sucré Farine,I am sure you could grow it, I find it very easy to grow and it used to get abandoned in the past for the 6 months while I was in the UK over winter. I did though have a plant in the UK so I was never without. Diane

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  41. Carol I just had a look at your blog and yes it does look like you had a long day LOL.
    I hope that you can find some sorrel, I think it is a great addition the kitchen garden. Diane

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  42. Hopefully the sorrel soup will help restore your energy even more. :)

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  43. Hello Diane:
    We are very fond of all kinds of soup and this one looks to be a winner. What an amazingly good colour and we are sure that it tastes delicious. Just the thing for chilly winter evenings.

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  44. Linda I hope so as well. Plenty in the garden so I can make as much as I like. Diane

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  45. Jane and Lance, good to have you back again. I really love this soup and it is good that you can knock it up so quickly, very convenient if one is short of time. Hope all goes well with you now, Diane

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  46. I've never had sorrel. It looks a lot like baby spinach! I do love a good soup in the winter. I believe beef stew is on tap for tomorrow.

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  47. Hiya Diane when I saw you had posted I was hoping to find that you were feeling much better, and it appears you are recovering slowly but surely. I do hope so.

    I don't think I have ever eaten sorrel, but I am sure I would love it. I eat spinach almost every single day!

    I hope your health continues to improve my dear Diane.

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  48. So simple, but looks so delicious.
    I find that soups are pretty easy to make and they are without exception always very tasty, whatever the ingredients.
    Good to see that you felt a little better and managed to find your way into the kitchen.

    Red

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  49. I think sorrel is a real picker upper. Full of healthy greeness and so very tasty. I do hope you start feeling better... you must have a lot of goodies to put away from that amazing garden of yours.

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  50. Honestly I don't know what is sorel, maybe we have them here but on a different name. That soup sure looks super yummy ;))

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  51. Marjie it may look like spinach but tastes nothing like it. It has a tangy slightly sharp lemony flavour. Really nice when added to salads. Diane

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  52. Dolly Sorrel is not as high in Iron as Spinach and tastes quite different. Whatever it makes an excellent soup and is fantastic in salads. A French favourite is Salmon with a sorrel sauce.
    Yes I am feeling better, and I am coughing less during the day. My ribs though are still very painful and I have to be careful how I move :)
    Hope that all is well with you Diane x

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  53. Boye By Red it is such an easy soup to make that it requires little energy! I am though improving slowly and the cough is a little easier than what it was. Take care Diane

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  54. lostpastremembered I cannot remember the last time I bought vegetables, the garden has kept us going, and I still have a couple of bags of potatoes. The problem though this year, because it has been so much warmer they have not stored as well as usual. We may have to eat them quicker!! Diane

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  55. M.Kate you have so many yummy things over there that we do not get so I am now growing something that you don't get LOL. Take care Diane

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  56. Hello Diane!
    As promised, here I am, just before flying off to fetch the car that had a windshield wiper problem!
    The soup looks yummy!!
    Keep well and have a great day!
    A bientôt!

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  57. This sounds and looks delicious. Hope you are getting stronger.

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  58. never come across Sorrel in supermarket here before.. look so healthy and good.

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  59. Diane..checking in on you and your health. Hoping to read a good report.
    The soup looks wonderful..Never tried
    sorrel..have to check it out.
    Again, hope you are better..always in my thoughts.
    xoCarolyn

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  60. Your sorrel looks like a spinach, how does it tastes like? I love greens and this is something I would like to try.

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  61. Hi Noushka, hope you are feeling a bit better. Cars are expensive items, we are just doing the export papers for ours and we never seem to stop paying! Take care Bon week-end. Diane xx

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  62. Karen it is delicious. Yes I am feeling better but the nights are still not very good. Take care Diane

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  63. Sonia it seems that none of my followers from the East knows sorrel. Interesting as you have so many things we do not have. Diane

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  64. Hi Carolyn, I am improving slowly and the days are not too bad. Nights are still difficult with lots of coughing. Hopefully the nights will get better now the days have improved. They still think it is an allergy but I wonder to what!! How is all your family?
    This soup is very yummy, worth looking to see if you can find sorrel. Take care Diane

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  65. chubskulit it tastes nothing like spinach. It has a tangy, slightly sharp lemony flavour. It gives a lovely flavour to salads. Diane

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  66. The soup certainly looks delicious. I'm not sure if I've ever had sorrel, though it might have been included in a bag of mixed greens purchased at the market. I would love to grow it in Florida, but I'm fairly certain it wouldn't survive the summer heat. I'll look into it though. I'm glad you're feeling better.

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  67. walk2write. It would be interesting to know if it would grow there. The plants normally prefer partial shade but I have one lot in full sun. Our temperatures in summer are quite often well up in the 30'sC (86F)occasionally going up to 40C (104F). I manage to pick all year round, but it is really at its best at the moment going into winter. Diane

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  68. Your soup sounds delicious! I love soup! I am printing this recipe out and will try it soon.

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  69. Linda I hope that you can get the sorrel. From the comments I have received, it appears that not many people in the USA or Far East have ever tasted sorrel. Let me know how you get on. Diane

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  70. I've never had sorrel soup. In fact, I've never seen sorrel though I have heard of it in relation to herbal medicines. It looks good. Have a great weekend.

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  71. I love sorrel, we grow it in our garden; two plants are all you need to have more than enough for a big batch of soup. We also do a bright green sorrel sauce and serve it with grilled wild salmon, classic use of sorrel which we do at our little Bistro. Michel

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  72. I have never seen or eaten sorrel. Your soup sounds good.

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  73. This sounds wonderful. Alas, sorrel is not available here at this time of year, but I've bookmarked your recipe for next season. I hope you are on the mend. Have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  74. Joyful I am sure that you could grow it in Canada though the winter may flatten it a bit. It will though I am sure perk up again. Ours last year was under snow in the UK for ages but it soon perks up as the snow melts. Take care Diane

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  75. chcmichel, I am glad that you grow it. I am amazed at how many people who do not know sorrel at all. Yes it makes a lovely green sauce to go with salmon and I love it in my salads as well. Hope all well Diane

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  76. Mary I am surprised that it is seasonal with you as I have sorrel all year round. Have you tried growing your own? Not sure where you are but I have a reader who grows it in California. It grows well in both the UK and here in France, entirely different climates. Take care Diane

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  77. Christine's Pantry see if you can get a plant as it grows well and I have it all year round though sometimes more than others. It is not only a great soup but a good addition to salads and sauces. Diane

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  78. I`m ready to shamefully admit that, in the past, I couldn`t tell spinach from sorrel. Just recently, I have discovered it for myself. How wonderful that you have posted this recipe. It`s just perfect for this season.

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  79. Olga there seems to be a lot of people who do not know sorrel from the comments I have received, so nothing to be ashamed of. Hope you enjoy the soup. Diane

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  80. Oooo...it's so great to enjoy our own planting. Yummmm..... The soup looks fabulous.
    Kristy

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  81. Kristy this is a lovely soup, we both really enjoy it. Diane

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  82. hmmm.. i don't thin i can find in my country.

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  83. Loveforfood I am presuming that you are in the far East and it seems no one from there know sorrel. Thanks for your visit. Diane

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  84. Anni I hope you have a good week also. I guess you are getting much cooler there as we are now. Roll on spring :) Diane

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  85. It is soup time in the place I live too, really cold ! I am not very good at making soups ,so I could save this recipe for trying sometimes, thanks :-)

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  86. I am glad you are feeling a tad better hope you are back to normal soon! The soup sounds wonderful. I have never tried sorrel before but I am sure I would love it.

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  87. Une magnifique soupe à l'oseille. Il commence à faire froid et c'est ce qu'il faut.
    A très bientôt

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  88. i often see sorel used on uk cooking shows but not sure what it is here in aus. love your lightening shots up the top of your blog.

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  89. Namitha Soups at this time of the year in our house are a must. Great to 'meet' you, thanks for the visit. Have a great week. Diane

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  90. Pam I am slowly getting better bit it certainly taking its time! We love sorrel but it is a vegetable that you are advised not to eat in big quantities as it has oxalic acid in it. Small quantities though are harmless. Diane

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  91. Nadji. Merci pour votre commentaire.
    Oui il fait beaucoup plus froid maintenant. A bientôt. Diane

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  92. Muppy thank for the comment on the header. Almost time to change it for Christmas! I would have thought that Sorrel would have been called just that in any English speaking country, but maybe not :) Diane

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  93. I have never eaten sorrel before, but it sounds good. I hope that you get over whatever you have and start feeling back to your old self. Take care!

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  94. Words Of Deliciousness, I am recovering slowly, see the specialist again on Friday. Sorrel soup is perfect on these cold days. Yum. Diane

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  95. Lilla Kullan, Mmmm it was good. Take care Diane

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  96. That sounds yummy Diane. I love anything that has sauteed onions in it.

    I'm trying to get back into my blogging. I never intended to take a break but I did. Anyway with my laptop at home now I'll feel better about blogging. Just got to pass this learning curve. It is very different than my computer at work.

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  97. Becca I am just glad to hear that you are OK. I am back on my very old laptop, my new one will not connect to the internet. It may have to go back to the UK as it was bought there, expensive phone calls from here have been useless! Keep well. Diane

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  98. Hi Diane! Just checking if you have a new update. ope you are feeling better now.

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  99. chubskulit Haha you must have missed the next post by seconds! Diane

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  100. I wonder if I can find sorrel in the supermarket here. I really want to try this soup.

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  101. Quay Po Cooks I am surprised at how many people do not know sorrel, it is so popular here. I hope that you can find some. Take care Diane

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