Sunday, 16 October 2011

Soup, Soup, Soup!

As the nights draw in and the days get colder I find that I am in need of something tasty and warm to look forward to when I return home from work. I come from a family where the two options for this are either porridge or soup. I was slightly put off porridge while I was in Russia (see my posts about Russia or click here for direct clarification) so now I err towards the soup. Plus porridge is much more of a breakfast thing then a dinner thing. So gentle reader I am going to share with you two of my favourite soup recipes that should hopefully brighten your evenings a little.

Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato and Coconut:
You will need 1 butternut squash (peeled and chopped), 1 sweet potato (peeled and chopped), ½ can of coconut cream (you can buy this from Iceland for 75p), stock (1 stock cube and about 500ml of water), oil, garlic (peeled and chopped), chilli powder, salt and pepper.
First chop up the onion and place in a large pan with some oil, the peeled garlic, the salt, pepper and the chilli powder. In each case add as much or as little as you find tasty. Fry gentled until the onions turn translucent then add in the vegetables and stock. Make sure that all of the vegetables are covered by the stock and add additional water if need be. Leave to cook for about 30-40 minutes on a low heat or until all of the vegetables are soft. Once soft mash or use a hand blender to mix them throughly together then gently stir in the coconut cream. Once it has boiled serve. I usually find it is best served with either crusty white bread and butter or a toasted naan bread.

Pumpkin:
You will need 1 pumpkin (peeled and chopped), ½ can of coconut cream, stock (1 stock cube and about 500ml of water), oil, garlic (peeled and chopped), chilli powder, salt and pepper.
This recipe is basically the same as the previous one the only difference is the vegetable that has been used. You should also note that pumpkin is basically tasteless so you will need more spice and seasonings than you did for the other soup. It also tastes best with a flavoured naan bread like garlic and coriander.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Top 50

After narcissisitcally deciding to Google myself today and see what came up I discovered that I am at number 33 in the Top 50 Conservative Blogs list. It seems that in the last few days I have moved up the list again. So thank you to everyone who voted for me I owe you a pint or too.
The full list is as follows:

1 (2) Conservative Home

2 (11) Archbishop Cranmer

3 (3) Daniel Hannan

4 (5) John Redwood

5 (-) Egremont

6 (8) Douglas Carswell

7 (41) Dilletante

8 (6) Norman Tebbit

9 (-) Felicity Parkes

10 (25) Platform 10

11 (21) Steve Tierney

12 (-) Boris Backer

13 (4) Dizzy Thinks

14 (37) A Very British Dude

15 (53) Alan W Collins

16 (-) Ed Staite

17 (16) Raedwald

18 (-) New Right

19 (50) Lightwater

20 Politics on Toast

21 Joshua Lachkovic

22 James Burdett

23 (43) Mark Reckless MP

24 (-) The View From Cullingworth

25 (66) John Ward

26 Old Rightie

27 (85) Robert Halfon

28 (-) Steve Baker MP

29 (-) Nadine Dorries

30 (-) Feminism for Tories

31 Glyn Davies

32 (26) Walaa Idris

33 Laura-Rose Saunders Blog

34 Ed Mayes

35 Ian Parsley

38 Mugwump

39 Nick Webb

40 Guy Opperman

41 Norton View

42 Tory Inquisitor

43 A Conservative's Blog

43 Charlotte Leslie MP

44 Roger Helmer MEP

45 Cllr Iain Lindley

46 Cllr Nick Clarke

47 Tory Radio

48 UCL Conservatives

49 Man in a Shed

50 Tory Totty Online