Sunday, 24 March 2013

Sunday Summary.

As I spent the week itself at work I won't bore you with the details, I will stick to the weekend.

So I had a remarkably quiet weekend, it was pure bliss. After my crazy busy weekend away last week (a blog post on this is coming, promise) it has been lovely to hibernate for a couple of days. My wonderful friend Sacha popped over on Saturday to catch up. She moved to St Albans in January, so we made ourselves some fancy coffee and ate homemade scones while we chatted the afternoon away.

An added bonus to her visit was that she hasn't seen me in so long that she noticed my weight loss; The first person to comment on it. Can't deny that it put a smile on my face for the rest of the evening.

The evening was spent curled up on the sofa with my Ruby watching Merlin. I tend to get a bit obsessive about certain TV shows and Merlin in the latest in a long line of obsessions. It is just such a wholesome BBC, Sunday night viewing. Sort of like Last of the Summer Wine with swords. I am probably not selling it to you but its just so refreshing to watch show without blood, swearing, serial killers etc...

So if you enjoy a bit of the supernatural, historical, witty banter and fun! I can highly recommend this show. I am onto season 5 which is the last one, so expect me to enter into mourning over Easter. It won't be as bad as the Gilmore Girl decline of 08, but expect a few straight legged toddler tantrums. If you have any TV show recommendations to help ease he pain, please share.

On Sunday I decided to make some soup. Weekends at home can be disastrous for the diet, so its good to have something low or free from points to eat, keeps me away from the snacks and grazing. The soup was a bit of a random concoction but I have to say it was the best soup I have ever made! So I thought I would share the recipe with you all...

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Butternut Squash, Carrot and Ginger Soup.
A warm, filling and delicious soup for long, cold weekends at home.
  • 1/2 medium sized Butternut Squash
  • 1 large Carrot
  • 1/2 Red Onion
  • Small Piece of Fresh Ginger
  • 2 cloves (minced) Garlic
  • a good pinch. Indian 5 Spice
  • 1 1/2 pints chicken stock
  • tablespoon. oil
Peel and chop carrot and butternut squash and set aside.Finely chop the onion, and grate the ginger.Heat the oil and add the onion, garlic, ginger and spice. Cook until lightly browned.Transfer the cooked onion mix into your large soup pan with the chopped carrot and BNS. Add the stock and stir.simmer on the hob until half the liquid is left and the veg is nice and soft.blend in a blender or using a stick blender until smooth.Serve with a nice bit of crusty bread, and enjoy.

Sunday was spent getting my clean on, the kitchen got blitzed, wardrobe got cleared and I discovered a new favourite coffee. Previously I absolutely loved my Dolce Gusto lattes but since I am not eating dairy at the moment (a story for another time) I cannot drink them. So I started drinking the regular Dolce Gusto coffee, which was perfectly lovely black but on a whim I decided to try some hazelnut milk and YES! It was gorgeous! So creamy and smooth, not like regular milk though. I strongly suggest you try it, now.

Here are a few posts you can look forward to on the blog in the coming week or two include;

  • Broccoli and Cauliflower Pasta Bake
  • Manchego and Chive Scones
  • A round-up of my weekend away, including my super fun Indian cookery class and trip to London
  • Homemade Tortillas

  • The evening was spent relaxing in a scolding hot bath and listening to 70s classics on BBC Radio 2. Yep, its official. I am old.

    I hope you had an equally relaxing weekend, and don't forget those TV recommendations...



    1. The soup looks so lovely, definitely something I need to make. Perfect for this cold, winter(?!) weather.

      Have you ever seen Once Upon A Time? I got ridiculously hooked on it last year and the 2nd series is coming out on tv soon. It's a bit like Lost or Heroes crossed with fairytale Disney characters. I sympathise with the Gilmore Girls decline, I loved Lorelai a little too much.

      1. I have watched Once on netflix. I saw an advert for the second season the other night and audibly squealed! Something to look forward to.

        I LOVE Lorelai so much, lets hope the GG movie happens!


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