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text 2017-12-10 18:13
Sunday Soup

It's been freezing all weekend. Not only did we have snow, which actually stayed for three days (and counting...) but for most of today we had temperatures of -5C (-9C! on the other side of town).

 

We don't get freezing temperatures that often this close to the sea.

 

It is of no surprise then that I have craved hot soup all day. :) The drawback was that I needed to use things I had in the kitchen as I had no intention of going to the shops. The pavements are all covered in ice...

 

Today's odds'n'ends soup turned out tasty enough, albeit I wouldn't say it's a new favourite. It also had some kick to it as I found a green chili pepper in the fridge. 

 

 

What else is in there:

 

- onion

- garlic

- courgette

- carrot

- peas

- sweetcorn

- small potato

- stock

- blob of cream cheese

- salt, pepper, paprika

- green chili pepper

 

some grated cheese on top.

 

Happy Soup Sunday!

 

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text 2017-11-20 20:06
Sunday Soup ... a bit later...

My weekend was mostly spent recovering from the long haul travel back home, unpacking, sleeping, and ... craving comfort food to get over the 30C difference in outside temperatures between Kuala Lumpur and Home.

 

Fall has properly arrived in Scotland and temperatures have dropped over the last couple of weeks. 

 

So, what better to relax with than a nice warm bowl of soup?

 

Of course, I also started to miss all the lovely food I came across in Malaysia and I tried to find a recipe that would tick off that craving, too. 

 

I finally got inspired by some recipes I found for Thai Chicken Noodle Soup - but as I could not be bothered going to the shops to buy ingredients, I improvised with what I could find at home.

 

This is what I ended up with:

 

 

 

Ingredients:


1-2 x leeks,
1 x can of sweetcorn
1/2 x can of kidney beans,
2-3 Quorn (veggie) chicken fillets (sliced),
1/3 pouch (3 tsp) x Red Thai Curry paste
1 sachet x coconut cream
Kaffir Lime leaves
Salt, water
Rice noodles
Coriander

 

 

It was delicious. :D

 

 

Also, I believe the use of leeks in this should qualify my delicious soup experiment for the task for Calan Gaeaf (Square #1 of the 16 Festive Tasks):

 

Tasks for Calan Gaeaf: If you’re superstition-proof, inscribe your name on a rock, toss it in a fire and take a picture to post –OR– Make a cozy wintertime dish involving leeks (the national plant of Wales) and post the recipe and pictures with your thoughts about how it turned out.

 

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text 2017-10-23 00:16
Sunday Post (which also has some soup in it...and a shelfie)

Happy Sunday! 

 

Yes, it may be late in the day but it is still Sunday from where I'm typing. 

 

I am woefully behind in writing reviews but, having tried for several times today, it appears I may be in a reviewing slump at the moment. So, I'll just go with the flow. Reviews may or may not follow this week. 

 

Anyway, while I procrastinated over writing up some of those long overdue reviews today, I had a good look at my living room shelves and ... *shock* ... it hit me that I need to do a read&cull&sort sometime soon.

 

 

See, my plan this year was to not stress about my physical TBR and just read what I want. As a result, my main shelves are now double-stacked...and this does not even take into account the shelves and stacks in the spare room, bedroom, and, yes, there are some books in the hall, too.

 

So, I got to thinking that for 2018 I will try and focus on my physical TBR. 

The mere thought was intimidating. 

 

Intimidating enough to need some comfort food ... Here is where the soup comes in.

 

 

Apart from the ongoing buddy reads for science non-fiction, Sherlock Holmes, and my Dame Agatha project, there is one other theme that I am looking to explore more next year - the Suffragettes. But more on that one in a separate post nearer to January. 

 

Is anyone else also thinking abut 2018 projects already?

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text 2017-10-16 21:26
Sunday Soup (?) ... but on a Monday

... because I forgot to post this yesterday. The benefit of posting the Sunday Soup post today, of course, is that I came home to find that I had received some books that I had ordered. Yay.

 

Anyway, we were supposed to get the remnants of hurricane Ophelia today. While it was very wet and incredibly dark all day (it was pitch black at around 2:30pm!), there was no wind. Thank goodness! I mean, it was unlikely that the predicted winds would hit this part any harder than the regular stiff breeze we get, but still... Unfortunately, it appears Ireland has seen some storm damage.

 

This whole topic of tropical storms and all gave me an appetite for chili yesterday. That is, veggie chili in my case, which for some reason I wanted to have in soft tortilla shells, and which made enough to have left over chili tonight (because it tastes even better on the second day).

 

 

In case you were wondering about the lack of cheese, there is some mozzarella at the bottom. 

 

The Muriel Spark book, which you can't really see, is Spark's Satire, which contains three novellas: RobinsonThe Abbess of Crewe, and Aiding and Abetting

 

Hope your Monday was not too bad either. ;D

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text 2017-09-04 23:07
Sunday Soup...erm Monday Pickles!!!

Didn't make soup this week, but did put up two types of (vinegar) pickles.  The first is my old standby pickled jalapenos to preserve a truly gorgeous lot of peppers from the CSA.  The second is my first attempt at "hamburger dill" pickles using some of the cucumbers from my garden.  

 

 

I planted three kirby vines from 3 different vendors at the farmer's market.  Two of them were duds (though I think I damaged at least one of them trying to train it), but the third climbed like a champ and has been a champion producer!!! 

 

 

School starts tomorrow, so we've spent the holiday weekend running around with last-minute pants shopping, haircuts and other pre-school prep work. I've got too many books going at once and can't seem to settle down to any of them.

 

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