The wintry weather calls for something warm and nourishing. When I'm chilled to the bone I like a good soup. Bone soup is one of my favourites and it is super easy to make. It just takes some time.
Roast the bones for 30-40 minutes then put them in a pot with soupy vegetables of your choice (onions, carrots, leek), a tablespoon of mustard seeds, some juniper berries, pepper corns and one or two bay leaves. Cover with cold water, add a generous pinch of salt, bring to the boil and then cook on medium heat for a few hours. Season to taste with more salt and pepper.
I like to use marrow bone for my soup and before roasting the bones I remove the marrow and melt it to make marrow bone dumplings. To make the dumplings use the marrow of 8-10 pieces of bone, melt it and then sieve it to make sure there are no splinters of bone in your dumplings. Add 1 cup of breadcrumbs, 1 egg, a bunch of finely chopped parsley and season with pepper and salt. If the mix is too dry add a little water, and if it is too wet add more crumbs. Shape into small balls and set aside in the fridge to allow them to set and dry out a bit.
Cook the dumplings in the soup just before serving.