June 27, 2008

Ignoring the Signs

Someone or something wants me to make soup. In particular, pumpkin soup.

I have had several clear signs. 1) Anna blogged about making Thai Pumpkin soup 2) Dan blogged about making Pumpkin soup using leftovers from a roast chicken meal 3) My friend's MiL dreamed about my goddaughter and me making soup! 4) I saw Butternut pumpkins/squash on sale at Tesco yesterday.

I've been meaning to for a while and I've even bought a hand blender stick thing-y to make it easier. It's finding the time and the vegetable. I also need to email my MiL and ask her for her recipe as it is easy and yum (I've helped in the prep for it before). I know it's based on the Alison Holst Dollars and Sense recipe.

However, I haven't made it yet. I didn't even buy the pumpkin. Pumpkin is not a popular vegetable here (except, apparently, at Halloween!) and the only type I've seen is butternut "punkins". I'm used to the grey-ish green skinned ones we have in NZ and I was kinda hoping they'd have familiar ingredients here. I've never cooked with butternuts!

So, last night, ignoring the signs I decided to use up the last of my quinoa and stock stores in a recipe for a Quinoa Salmon Salad.

I was punished. I added the stock to the quinoa and looked at facebook for a second!!! It burned to the bottom. In an effort to salvage what I had, I also burned my hand. GaH!

I am sorry. I repent. I shall make time for pumpkin soup this weekend.

We shall be having a rice and quinoa salmon salad instead!

Now, that I've been appropriately chastised, have a look at one of my lunches.

This week, due to weekend in London and lack of time to shop, my lunches have all been pretty much the same. However, that same has been awesome, because I went and bought delicious foods from the English Market on my way home. Eg: garlic stuffed olives, olive tapenade, mozzarella, fresh organic basil, sugar snaps and grapes.

Seriously, Garlic Stuffed Olives are made of win!

I also bought small apples yesterday. I thought they would fit into my lunch box, but they are too big! Thus, this morning I tried out a tip I learned from lunchinabox. I cut up my apple, put it into a little container with some lemon juice, a bit of lime cordial (to sweeten) and some water. Then I put the lid on and shook it all about. I then packed some of the pieces, ate the rest and drank the leftover liquid... tart! I thought maybe it would be a bit too dilute, but it totally worked and when I took my apple pieces out at lunch-time, they looked like I'd just cut them! All nice and white. It almost took longer to type out the instructions than to carry them out. Totally worth it :) Linky to the apple containing lunch :)

Posted by giffy at June 27, 2008 02:59 AM