{eat} pumpkin soup...


Hello all,

It's Halloween - hooray! Now, I had intended to post a picture of my expertly carved pumpkin on this day...however, I came home from work yesterday to find J had used the entire pumpkin to make a soup. Now I must say, initially I was a little disappointed, I had great plans for that little guy, but oh my the soup was literally AMAZING. 

I have never, ever had nicer soup in all my life, so, on this spooky occasion I instead bring you a little recipe - perfect for using your little carved pumpkin after he's done his scaring job!

To make this spooky soup - I discovered that J used a recipe by everyones {second} favourite chef - Gordon Ramsay, you can find the recipe here - but if you fancy mixing it up a little like we did, use sage instead of rosemary and instead of a mushroom garnish, we used the pumpkin seeds, toasted!

So please...don't bin your pumpkin after halloween is over {unless he's a slimy rotten mess - then maybe don't eat that!}, make him into something delicious!

Also, apologies for the less than lovely photo - I intended to take another in daylight and style it nicely, but I totally gobbled down my soup for lunch and only remembered after I'd finished it....ooops.

xo.




{nom} a weekend treat!

Hello all,

I do so hope you had a lovely relaxing weekend? I was working ALL weekend so I must say it wasn't as crafty a weekend as I'd love to have had!

Ask yourself this - why do people {in the UK anyway} only eat pancakes one day a year? 

'Pancake Day' is a super exciting day, and don't get me wrong I'm not trying to make it into just another day...but, pancakes are too good to ration like that!

So, in my house we've embraced a new tradition - 'Pancake Sundays'. I look forward to it throughout the week and each Sunday we try to have something new with our classic pancakes...so on this chilly Monday - I propose to you - ditch the porridge and knock up a cheeky stack of pancakes.

That is all.
Happy Monday :)

xo.

p.s. those pancakes up there made my Sunday!

{nom} Plenty...

Yesterday was totally lovely wasn't it? I didn't actually get to enjoy much of the sun as I was at work - but it didn't matter, knowing the sun is out is enough to set me up for the day!

This sudden burst of sunshine inspired me to do a little post on the humble vegetable, well the many, many humble vegetables in season right now. 

I've always been a big fan of fruit and veg - I can't get enough of the stuff - but when the boy and I started getting really into Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's "River Cottage Veg" it inspired us to also go veggie for the summer. Not because we object to eating meat but because, as Hugh put it, people tend to rely on a slab of meat to flavour a dish. When you take that meat away, you're forced to experiment with flavours and be more adventurous with your veg and your spices!

So as I had this weekend off I took the opportunity to have a flick through our new favourite book and choose a few recipes to throw together for my lovely lad on his return home from work, and here's what I made...

The recipes above are all from Yotam Ottolenghi's book 'Plenty'. Yotam isn't a vegetarian himself, like Hugh {and us} but shares the view that vegetarian dishes need not be dull and uninspirational as they often are.
This is Yotam's book by the way...sweet front cover as well I think!

Anyway, the plate above contains sweet potato cakes {super nom}, wild coconut rice, breakfast radishes and a marinated cucumber and onion salad {heaven literally}. The recipes are all pretty straight forward, but honestly, the flavours were phenomenal, so on that success story we shall be producing many, many more meals from this inspirational book in the weeks to come.

In summary then - getting your 5-a-day can be super easy and incredibly tasty and I would encourage every one of you meat lovers out there to at least try and commit to cutting out some meat and shoe horning in every imaginable kind of vegetable or piece of fruit you can get your hands on this summer because as soon as winter comes - it'll be back to parsnips and potatoes and mark my words, you'll be missing the abundant supply of fresh produce we have available right now!

Apologies for the very wordy blog today...I promise a less wordy offering tomorrow :)

xo.