Spicy Pumpkin Soup

This is for anytime you want a really delicious snack. Great on the tastebuds, dead easy to prepare.

EQUIPMENT

Chopping block, sharp knife, garlic grater, 2 large pots, soup ladle, blender. This recipe feeds 3 at one sitting or self for three. Oh, is awesome next morning if popped into the skillet and two eggs poached in it, so I’ll add breakfast to the Categories.

INGREDIENTS

Whatever size deep orange organic pumpkin you want, depending on how many you are feeding.
For this recipe I use half a large.
Well chopped sprig of rosemary spears
Small bunch each coriander and parsley, finely chopped
1 clove garlic finely grated
Desert spoon Ras el Hanout
2 dollops favourite yogurt

METHOD

Skin, core and chop pumpkin
Pop it in a large pot and JUST cover with water, set to boil
Chop the greens
Grate the garlic
Set up the blender, the other pot and the soup scoop in prep
When pumpkin is tender drain half (only half) the water
Pop the greens and garlic into the blender
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Ladle in a third of the pumpkin and water
Blend till smooth and pour into the spare pot
Put another third pumpkin and water in the blender with the Ras el Hanout, blend and add to that already blended
Add the remainder to the blender and blend till creamy, add to the other.
Anytime - spicy pumpkin soup w Ras el Hanout parsley coriander rosemary
Pop it back on the stove over a VERY low heat for five minutes, until the ingredients have melded.
Serve with lashings of yogurt.

Bon apetit! x

Walnuts, Macas and a Day in the Life…

Okay, so this is not a recipe. It’s information. Because of this eating regime… Did I write about that yet? I didn’t? I did a little. Here’s a typical week when I’m not travelling…. (I’ll get the the walnuts and macas later in this article. You can skip to the end if the interim is annoying).

Mornings I wake usually around 8:30/9. I love my sleep and I love to dream. Those of you up at sparrow’s fart? Onya lovelies but it’s not for me.

MORNING

I shower and head straight to the kitchen because I’m STARVING.

Into a glass of water I drop a drop of Vitamin D and a teaspoon of C for immune and bone health. I used to also use Vital Greens but, to be honest, with a garden full of organic greens I’m just not spending the dosh at this stage.

I do recommend it, though, if you’ve got anything freaky going on with your body that needs an extra boost. I was prescribed it, plus shots of vitamin B, plus psyllium husk and huge doses of Vitamin C, when I had a crazy bout of mercury poisoning a few years back. Thought I was going nuts. Luckily my doc was savvy that I’m a fitness person so he got my blood tested for any one of a dozen heavy metals that can mimic depression and anxiety. What caused it? The only thing we could ascertain was that I was taking a daily dose of ‘top shelf’ Omega 3s from wild caught fish. Ditched that super quick. The above ingredients leached the toxin out of my system over about 12 weeks.

Please get tested if you think you’re nuts. Most medicos will advise that you have a mental disorder and put you on anti-depressants or something equally as horrid. It could be the above.

So, vitamins out of the way I switch on the kettle and pop a plain black tea bag into a mug in preparation. Then I do whatever egg dish takes my fancy. I pour boiling water into the mug and pop it on the table for later (I drink the black tea afterwards, while reading the news on my phone).

Monday, Wednesday and Friday I then get ready for the gym. Meet whoever hangs out with me on that day (anywhere from just me to four people) and we do coffee together and chat. By then it’s about 10:30/11am and we drive to my gym. I’m a member of Anytime Fitness Coburg. Lovely staff.

We do an enthusiastic warm up and stretch session then pump iron on whatever body part the regime requires.

Ly in piccie
(Me in the background filming Nila’s workout for when she goes home to Cairns. Can you believe my shoes? (And, yes, that’s a flanno around my hips)

AFTERNOON

We’re back at the house by about 1 (can be later if I don’t have work that afternoon) and I strip off my wraps and wash the perceived ‘other people who touched that fucking dumbbell before me’ OCDness from my hands and go pick salad stuff from the garden.

garden magic 2014 ly
(Yes, I wear a fucking huge hat in the sun. Cost me heaps to get my years of mega-tan skin damage undone.)

We delegate who will chop, pour or mix and other prep, and who will do the dishes later.

We feast on any one of the recipes on this site or variations thereof. Then we have tea and natter.

I tend to work most afternoons, either tarot or writing or editing. One or two days a week I’ll go to Queen Victoria Market, or source any of many whole food outlets, and shop for a few meals. I don’t want to buy in bulk. Not fresh enough. It’s worth discovering how much time has passed between farm and market.

I’ll usually snack on something really small (a bit of left over salad, usually, sometimes a slice of cheese, sometimes I graze through the garden.

Around 6:30 I’ll stop work and make dinner (see recipes).

Just recently I’ve been researching the properties of certain nuts and yesterday I bought activated organic walnuts and organic macadamia nuts, ground them down in the mortar and pestle around 10pm and ate them before bed.

Worth your research. Many other sites also sing the praises of these and many other nuts for balancing your cholesterol. Also as a snack to tide you over.

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Life is good x

Advice time

Have purified (filtered) water with you at all times and keep a glass or aluminum bottle beside the bed so you can drink during the night.

On waking drink a large glass of purified water.

Before every meal drink a large glass of water.

As soon as you hit the kitchen in the morning mix 1 teaspoon Bioceuticals Ultra Potent C (it’s effervescent) and 1 scoop Vital Greens in a glass of water. Down it.

Put kettle on and have black tea (or mint from the garden), no sugar, no milk, weak, to go with breakfast.

Keeps your kidneys toned and all that water guards against constipation. Which can happen when you ditch the grains and sugar, until your body metabolises. Any questions?