I’m slowly managing to clear out my fridge and cupboards of all the little luxury items that were leftover from Christmas. The odd chocolate here and there has been disposed of (ok, so I’ve eaten them), leftover stuffing was turned into sausage rolls, half a packet of peanuts resulted in some delicious chocolate peanut butter bars and we’ve also had our fair share of soup using up all the veggies. What I found today was half a wedge of Brie lingering at the back of the cheese drawer. Now as much as I love Brie, it feels somewhat indulgent to sit down to cheese and biscuits in the middle of January. I feel far more virtuous combining it with some veg and turning it into a lovely courgette and brie soup. The flavour of the brie is quite subtle but what it does give is a gorgeous creamy texture to the soup. I normally add just a touch of cumin powder when I serve it up but that may not be to everyone’s taste. It may not be one for the kids but then all the more for us.
Well as usual I had a great long list of things to do with the kids during their school holidays but just never seemed to get round to doing half of them. I had bought two pumpkins (the edible ones) with great plans of letting both my son and my daughter carve their own. After about an hour spent working on the first one and with pumpkin bits strewn all over my kitchen I somehow managed to ‘misplace’ the second pumpkin. Funnily enough it miraculously reappeared the next day and was instead destined for this delicious spicy pumpkin soup. In my opinion this was a much better use of good pumpkin flesh.
This soup does take a bit of time to prepare but if you enjoy Asian spices then it is well worth the effort. I would also suggest taking the time to make the crisp chilli and spring onion garnish to give the soup a bit of added texture.
Six weeks since I lasted posted on my blog! – how did that happen?
We did have a couple of weeks in France which was really lovely and very relaxing. Lots of wine, good food, sun and sea does make for a good holiday. It was straight back into real life once we got back with the kids back at school. Kirsty, my youngest started ‘big school’ which was so exciting for her but much harder for me. I do miss having her around the house but she is so happy at school and her brother is loving his role as big brother and all round protector. On top of the kids being at school all day, my hubby was away on a business trip so the house was exceptionally quiet. On the plus side, the house was also exceptionally clean, tidy and organised which is probably the first time that has happened in the last 7 years.
To save me having to cook every night while my hubby was away, I made up a big pot of this lovely, rich French onion soup with onions and garlic all the way from France.
Curled up on the couch, bowl of soup in hand, pile of recipe books at the ready and just peace and quiet –
Well that’s it for another year. Christmas decorations have been packed away, the fridge cleared out and hubby sent back to work. As much as I love Christmas, I do enjoy the process of sorting out and cleaning up afterwards. It makes me feel calm – everything in its right place again.
On the food side it feels good to be back to healthy eating again. I made a big pot of this red lentil soup today. Warm, comforting with just a hint of chilli and best of all it’s low fat.