Its Pumpkin soup with some home grown mung bean sprouts. (Yeah I was a little low on the soup, I decided to photograph it AFTER I had eaten it for dinner so this is leftovers!)
Pumpkin soup is one of my favourite easy to make meals and it seems a good time to share the recipe.
Approx. 250g Diced peeled pumpkin (I used butternut but you can use any type)
1 large or two small onions, diced
1 or 2 garlic cloves, finely diced
Vegetable or chicken stock
1 Tbsp Olive oil Optional
Cumin- a pinch or to taste
Oregano- a pinch or to taste
Rosemary- a pinch or to taste
Cream or evaporated milk
Heat the oil in a large saucepan.
Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft.
Add the diced pumpkin and stir.
Add enough stock to just cover the pumpkin and onion.
If you are adding the herbs, add now.
Simmer uncovered until the pumpkin is soft.
Blend with a stick blender.
Your delicious pumpkin soup is now ready!
For a really creamy soup stir in some evaporated milk or cream just before serving.
This soup is also really yum with some pumpkin replaced with carrot.
There is a touching story behind these beautiful photographs of flowers by Mark Laita. Mark's mother was diagnosed with cancer, so during her treatment he took these photos and sent one to her every few days. There is such vibrancy in the bright colours, and I like the unusual choice of photographing the back of some flowers which are just as beautiful as the front.
I stumbled across the movie The Secret of Moonacre as I was flicking through the channels a few weekends ago. I was caught by the beautiful clothing and styling, and as I can't speak German and couldn't understand anything on any of the channels this was enough to keep me tuned. (I have a feeling if I could have understood more of the most-likely-cheesy lines I would not have watched as much as I did!) The German translation of the title is The Mystery of the Moon Princess, which I like better than The Secret of Moonacre and which is different again to the book it was loosely based on -The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge.
After seeing the movie but not knowing quite what was going on in it I was quite curious to read the book. I found a lot of praise for the book including a recommendation by J. K Rowling. Perhaps it was this praise and high expectations which made me disappointed with it. I found it wearying with its description of perfection and its inconsistent characters. Though I will admit that if I had read it when I was 13 and with no expectations I would probably have loved it. In contrast to the novel the movie received poor reviews, but I have to love it for its costumes and sets. The embroidered bag is just lovely.
I don't even know how I got to this website but if you are in New Zealand and want "a beautifully crafted woven casket of pure quality" for your dearly departed then "Know the Flax" is the place to get one. It's definitely a unique way to bury someone. I'm thinking it will be a more eco friendly way too as there is no paint or varnish involved and no metal parts. And it would be totally biodegradable.
I love hats, and have ever since I was a child. As it is winter here in Germany, I've been dreaming of warm felt hats with a bit more style than my humble beanie. Here are a few of my favourite from Etsy.
I received an awesome parcel in the post the other day from my lovely sister. It was full of late Christmas presents including this awesome handmade soap dish. My sister is into pottery and has recently got her first kiln which is super exciting! It means she has started to fire (cook and finish off) all the clay creations she has been making for a quite a while now. She knows I like to make soap and so a soap dish is quite appropriate for me. I actually made a heap of little heart shaped soaps for gifts at her wedding.
Isn't it gorgeous? Its in one of my favourite colours too!
You can buy fireworks in Germany. I hadn’t realised this until I was idly flipping through some junk mail last week. “Really?” my husband asked, his ears almost pricking up. “Where, when?” were his next questions. There is a three day period after Christmas and before New Years (Silverster in Deutsche) where fireworks suddenly appear in almost any shop you care to walk past. Having just last month moved to the beautiful city of Bonn, I’d never been anywhere where fireworks are legal so I was pretty excited and my husband incredibly so! We stocked up on some rockets and crackers as soon as they hit the shops. The next day we decided we needed more and bought basically double what we had the first day thus tripling our stock. I thought we had a lot. But after seeing the fireworks frenzy on NYE we hardly had any!
We started to hear crackers being set off the first night after they were available, the next night we heard even more and had bets as to how many we would hear on our walk into town for dinner (I won!). Then, on New Years Eve as soon as it was dark, it started for real. You could hear loud cracks, echoes and wizzing noises coming from every direction, see faint lights sparking in the distance and smell the sharp smokey scent of sulphur in the air. We let our stash off in a park near our house, as we weren’t sure where we were allowed to, and my husband is nothing but cautious. It turns out we were the only people there and we had a ball! It was a lot of fun as well as being eerily beautiful in the dark park, seeing the bursts of colour and the light from streetlamps shining hazily through the smoke. After we had exhausted our stash we caught the last train into Bonn Zentrum before midnight. Walking along we saw where everyone else seemed to have let their fireworks off, right in the streets and even in the underground! It all culminated in a frenzy of fireworks around midnight. It was truly amazing. We had a view over the river Rheine with fireworks going on all around us. Some let off literally metres away from us. I had never seen so many fireworks in one place before. What a fabulous way to bring in a new year!