Monday, 31 October 2011

Delicious Homemade Soups

Tomato Soup
It's that time of year, again, when soups, stews and roast dinners are top of the menu in my house.
I love making soup, especially when I can use ingredients straight from the garden. I got these tomatoes, including the dodgy looking alien thing, from my sister's garden and made my first ever tomato soup, which was blooming delicious! I found the recipe here and will definitely make it again. I didn't have the double cream so just swirled a little single cream on top instead. Delicious!!!
Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup
The great thing about soups is that you can use whatever you happen to have. I love making vegetable soup, it's so easy! Just chuck everything into a large pot, add enough water to cover, a stock cube, teaspoon of mixed herbs and simmer away for about 45 minutes, knowing you're not losing out on any of the nutrients. 
I made this soup using pumpkin, onion and sweet potato, from my mum's allotment, and yam.
The pumpkins from my mum's allotment are always sweet and full of flavour.
Usually I mash, rather than blend, the vegetables but decided to leave it with chunky bits. Sometimes I like to add a small handful of gluten free pasta or rice noodles for the final ten minutes.

What's your top winter food?

Barrina xx

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Layered Lavender Cushions

The first October weekend was a scorcher and it was lovely spending time away from home. After work on the Friday I jumped on a train to Milton Keynes to see my sister and her family. We went straight out to the Harvester, to celebrate my niece's birthday, and I must've eating a weeks worth of food in one sitting. 
The rest of the weekend was spent chillaxing in the garden, stuffing my face with lots of good homemade food, including a tasty fish bbq and a massive roast, reading and making a few more lavender cushions. 
I made the green and purple cushion for my lovely niece. 

I made the red and purple cushion for my sister. It was made in a bit of a rush and I wasn't completely happy with it, so I've promised to make a bigger better one as a Christmas gift for her.

I wanted to make one for my sister's partner, so he didn't feel left out, but didn't want it to look too girly.
I decided on cutting out the shape of his initial, hoping it will look more masculine, and thankfully he liked it.

I'd made this one a few weeks earlier, as a thank you gift to a friend, .
I think I'm becoming addicted to layering and I'll definitely be making more letter shaped cushions in the future.!

Barrina xx