Roasted butternut squash soup

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All the veggies are roasted together to give them a richer taste.

Once again I have neglected this blog. Work and school keeps taking up most of my time. What I have had time with however,has been to try to continue on my live healthier journey. It’s not easy to make time to cook a good healthy meal when you are so busy so that is why I have been trying to find recipes to cook over the weekend that can be frozen and used later.

Soups seem to be the best choice for this. I have always liked butternut squash soup but have never found a good recipe to make myself. That is until now. This is a roasted butternut squash soup I found from Mary Berry’s Foolproof cooking. The soup is out of this world, that is all I have to say. You definitely need to try it to understand how good it is. The roasted vegetables work so well together, it’s absolutely amazing.

Recipe: 

1 small butternut squash , about 700-800g

1 red pepper

1 red onion 

1-2 caarrots  (I am not a huge fan of carrots in soups so I only used 1 in my recipe)

1 clove of garlic 

A few rosemary springs

About 900ml of vegetable stock (Depending on how thick you want your soup you may want to add more or less of the stock)

A chunk of ginger (I say a chunk because some people like ginger more and some like it more. I used a bit less than in the original recipe)

Oil

Put oven on 200c/180c fan

Peel and cube the butternut squash and carrots. Cube the pepper, chop the onion and garlic. Put it all in a bag with some oil +salt&pepper  and the rosemary leaves. Shake it about to make sure the oil and seasoning gets on all the vegetables. Pour it out onto a large baking pan and bake for 40-50 min until the veggies look roasted. Chop up the ginger and fry in some oil. When done add the stock and let it boil up, adding all the roasted vegetables in afterwards. Take of heat and use any kitchen gadget you may have to blitz it up. I let my soup cool down and then used my smoothie maker on it. Worked great! But just remember that if you are doing so you have to wait for it to cool down.

You can find the original recipe here: Roasted butternut squash soup

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Some toast or other kind of toasted bread is good to have with the soup.

I did add some rosemary and garlic to my veggies while roasting them as I think rosemary adds a bit of taste to roasted vegetables and i like to put garlic in anything 😉

Cheers!

*All the photos in this post are my own, the recipe does not belong to me I am simply just sharing it.

 

 

 

 

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Weekly photo challenge: Close up

This weeks challenge is all about close ups. While I do love macro photography I am yet to get a macro lens as they tend to be pretty pricey.

So for the time being I have been using my zoom lens to get close to all the little creatures!

 

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Juming spiders are my favorite little spiders. They are just so adorable!
Juming spiders are my favorite little spiders. They are just so adorable!

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*While I don’t mind people sharing my photos, I do ask you give credit to this blog if doing so. Thank you!

 

Cheers!!

 

Click here for more entries for this weeks challenge!

 

 

 

Location, location, location

I have recently moved back to London and am now trying to figure out what the next chapter in my life will look like.

In the mean time I thought I would use this blog to showcase some of my favorite London places and also give a bit of an insight into my life at the moment.
To start off with that I thought I would share one of my favorite places to go to, Holland Park. While it may not be as magnificent as some of the big Royal Parks of London, I really like it as there usually are not that many people around so you can really enjoy it. It does get quite busy in the summer with tourists but once it starts to cool down it is much more quiet.
Apart from squirrels and water fowl, the big stars of the park are the Peafowls. These big birds walk the premises freely but if you can’t find them they are usually around the Kyoto Garden. This garden itself is a nice little area to hang around. It has a little waterfall plus a pond full with fish swimming around.And if you have kids with you there is plenty of space to run around on.

If you want to go someplace bigger afterwards, you can just walk down to Kensington High Street(which itself has a bunch of shops if you are interested in that) and walk straight to Hyde Park

(all pics are clickable and will open up bigger in a new window)

A map to show you how close it is to Hyde Park and also the tube stations around!
A map to show you how close it is to Hyde Park and also the tube stations around!
Waterfall at Kyoto Garden in Holland Park, London

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The peacock with its magnificent feathers!
The peacock with its magnificent feathers!

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Peacocks have some of the most beautiful feathers!
The Peahens may not be as magnificent but I think they are still pretty!
The Peahens may not be as magnificent but I think they are still pretty!
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Peahen in Holland Park,London

As always all the pictures have been taken by me. While I do not mind people sharing them, please credit this blog if you are doing so!

Cheers!

Blogging 101 – Introduction

I have tried to start a blog several times, but then life has always come in between and I have forgotten about it. Especially now when I am studying which takes up a lot of my free time.

With this course I would like to really push myself and try to do all the assignments and hopefully at the end of the month I will have a solid start for my blog. I like to write about anythig that comes to my mind, arts & crafts, photography, painting or movies. Pretty much whatever interests me and hopefully I can find some like minded people throughout this journey 🙂

Cheers!

Autopilot

Been a while since I’ve been here, as lately there hasn’t been much motivation to do anything. Between writing essays and trying to figure out what to do with my life my brain has been working on autopilot.

I have been trying to set a spark in my creative side, mainly  art and painting which I loved but then I became an adult and real life kicked in. Left it to the side for years but recent events have made me realize that life can sometimes be too short to not try and do things that make you happy. And before I start rambling some more here’s a Cardinal I did a few days ago! They are one of my favorite birds but unfortunately we don’t have them over here.

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Bonus Western Scrub Jay! These birds we however do have and the are noisy!

If you sit still enough they will come!

Winter is upon us(even though you would never guess it here in California) and with that it means new migrating birds! Now I haven’t yet managed to take any great pictures of the incoming birds(mostly because I honestly don’t have the patience to sit still for hours) I did have some luck with some birds this week:

Mourning Dove. These birds are usually very skittish but for once they actually decided to come up close today!
Mourning Dove. These birds are usually very skittish but for once they actually decided to come up close today!

 

 

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A Golden-crowned Sparrow taking a dip!

 

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White-crowned Sparrow
Non-breeding White-crowned Sparrow
Non-breeding White-crowned Sparrow

 

Brewicks Wren! This is one of our wintering birds, but so far I havent managed to get a proper picture of one of them
Brewicks Wren! This is one of our wintering birds, but so far I havent managed to get a close up of one of them

 

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Another one of our wintering birds, the Stellars Jay! one of my favorite birds) These guys hang out in the mountains the rest of the year and come down to us in winter.

Cheers!!!