Strawberry and Blueberry Salad


Strawberry and Blueberry Salad

Strawberry and Blueberry Salad made with just a teaspoon of very dark sugar. Let it sit for an hour and it tastes of toffee.


The Breakfast Habit – Days 5, 6 and 7

Yeah, there might be something in this breakfast malarky.

On days 5 and 6 I had a good sensible breakfast.  Porridge and cherries.  Easiest breakfast ever.  I cook the oats and water with some salt and cinnamon in the microwave for three minutes.  Then I add a handful of frozen cherries and zap in the microwave for another couple of minutes until the cherries are warm.  Yummy.

On day 7 I was in a mad hurrah and just had a crumpet and marmite for breakfast.  And then ate my way through a packet of Bakewell Tarts, chocolate and every unhealthy thing I could find in the house.   Co-incidence?  I’m really not sure but I’ll be looking out for that sort of thing happening again.

I think I will have another week concentrating on breakfast before moving on to the next habit.  It has such an impact on the rest of the day that I want to get the habit well ingrained.

Spicy Roast Tomato and Butternut Squash Soup

The best soup I have ever made and so very, very easy.

First the tricky bit.  Slice a butternut squash into finger width slices.  Or small chunks or really any size you can manage.  Don’t bother taking the skin off but do remove the seeds. It’s all going to get blended later on so don’t worry about how it looks.

Spread the squash onto a baking tray.  Put a red chili on the tray with the squash and spray the lot with oil.  Stick in a hotish oven.  About gas mark 6 or 7.

Chop the tomatoes into wedges.  Or biggish bits.  Chop an onion into thinnish strips.  Slice a bulb of garlic in half along its middle.  Put all of these things into a roasting dish and drizzle over a teaspoon of olive oil.  Mix everything round so they all get coated in oil and the tomato juices.  Stick it in the oven with the butternut squash.

Give it 15 minutes and then have a look.  Is the butternut squash soft and a little browned? Take it out.  Otherwise leave it in for another while.  Is  the tomato mix a little browned?  Take it out.  Otherwise leave it in for another while.

When everything has cooked squish the garlic out of its skin and take the stalk off the chili and discard.    Blend everything together using whatever you normally use for that sort of thing.

Put the blended veg into saucepan with a stock cube and enough water to make it just a bit thinner than you would like to eat.  Simmer until it is as thick as you like soup to be.