Sunday, 30 May 2021

Tortellini and greens soup

It has been a crazy week.  I got my first jab of covid vaccine.  Our cat has been sick.  And we are in lockdown again!  Thank goodness for comfort food.  During the week I made a lovely tortellini soup inspired by My Fitness Pal.  It was a simple matter of finding some vegies in the fridge too cook with tortellini in tomato flavoured broth.  Great for both dinner and lunch.

Shadow, our cat, has had acute kidney disease and spent a couple of days at the vet hooked up to a drip.  Here is a picture of him with his red bandage where the drip was attached.  Poor wee thing.  He is very happy to get back home on Friday and doing better but still not eating much. 


After almost 3 months without community transmission of Covid, we have an outbreak in Melbourne that has led to a 7 day statewide "circuit breaker" lockdown.  Here we go again!  Contact tracing, face masks, social distancing, cancelled events, the 5 km limit, click and collect, queues for testing, criticism of hotel quarantine.  This time the difference is that we have the vaccine available.  It has been rolling out frustratingly slowly.  Now that the risks of Covid loom large again, there are long queues at vaccination hubs and many reports of those who could not get through on the phones to get an appointment.

So you see, there is much on my mind and I appreciate a nice easy meal like this tortellini soup.   Below are a few links to articles that discuss some of the current issues of lockdown, hotel quarantine, and Australians coming home from India:

Winter is here and Covid is back: Melbournians have heard this script before by Calla Wahlquist in The Guardian, 26 May 2021.

No booze, no sunbathing, lots of Vegemite: welcome to quarantine at Howard Springs, NT by Robyn Dixon in The Age, 25 May 2021

Australia's coronavirus evacuation flight from India left me behind due to an inaccurate test by James Oaten in the ABC News, 18 May 2021

’Oh gosh, why me?’: Hussey lifts lid on his Indian COVID nightmare, by Jacob Polychronis in Fox Sports, 19 May 2021

Hookturnistan Returns: Melbourne Lockdown 4.0 by SAmmy J on ABC tv, 27 May 2021

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Tortellini and greens soup

Adapted from My Fitness Pal
Serves 3-4

1-2 tsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, diced
1/2 red capsicum, diced
3 button mushrooms, diced
handful of baby brussels sprouts, sliced
clove of roasted garlic
400g tin of diced tomatoes
1-1 1/2 tsp stock powder
300g ready to cook spinach and cheese tortellini
2 generous handfuls of baby spinach

Heat oil in a large saucepan.  Fry onions for a few minutes and then add carrot, capsicum, mushrooms and brussels sprouts.  Fry a few more minutes and then add roasted garlic, tomatoes and use the tin the tomatoes were in to measure two tinfuls of water to add to the saucepan, stock powder.  Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.  Add tortellini, season and bring to the boil.  Stir in spinach and once it is wilted remove from the heat and serve.  Leftovers can be left in the fridge a few days and reheated when ready to eat.

On the stereo:
"Road Rage": Catatonia


  1. Good luck with lockdown number 4 Johanna. We are all thinking about you and hoping that the numbers go down!

  2. Oh poor little Shadow kitty. Sending him best wishes from across the world for a swift recovery! Congrats on the covid jab, and sorry about yet another lockdown. So many ups and downs these days.


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