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Creamy tomato soup recipe

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Soup is a lovely Winter  warmer and such a quick lunch-time fix too. I’ve always got a stash in the freezer and ‘T’ loves it, this is my favourite soup recipe:

Ingredients:

4 x large carrots, sliced

6 x large tomatos, sliced

2 x medium sized potato, chopped

1 x red onion, chopped

vegetable stock

a few leaves of basil, finely chopped

seasoning

Glug of olive oil

1/2 cup cream

Method

Cook the onions in the oil for a few minutes to release the flavour. Add the rest of the vegetables, seasoning and add enough stock to just cover them. Simmer for 30-45 minuites or until vegetables are soft. Add in the creamand basil and blend. This freezes really well and is best served with some hot bread or toast and a swirl of cream on top.

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Mixed bean lasagne recipe

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I’ve managed to almost halve our food bills by being really careful with the shopping and this meal was cheap yet tasty plus quick and easy to throw together. Great served with salad leaves and bread.

Ingredients:

1 x cup/can beans – I used dried pinto and dried turtle beans which I soaked and cooked, though any will do.

1 x tin baked beans

1 x tin chopped tomatoes

1 x stock cube

lasagne sheets

1 x chopped onion

1 x chopped capsicum pepper

cup of chopped mushrooms

tomato puree

mixed herbs

grated cheese for topping

salt and pepper for seasoning.

Method

Add to a pan the onion and cook until soft, add in the beans, mushrooms and peppers and cook for a few minutes

Add the rest of the ingredients apart from the cheese and lasagne sheets and cook on a low heat for around 20 minutes.

Grease a dish and add a layer of pastae before lasyering up as you would a normal lasagne, top with cheese and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. It’s extra- tasty if you add a cheese sauce to the topping as well, it also freezes well and is a good meal to prepare in the morning and pop in the oven at dinner time.

 

Courgette Pizzas

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We were kindly given a courgette which was grown by a friend of my husband, half of it was used in a soup and with the other half I made these mini pizzas which were a hit all round (even me who HATES courgette!)

Ingredients:

Courgette slices – approx 1cm thick

grated cheese

tomato sauce/puree

bacon/onion/mushroom etc

Method:

Lightly fry the courgette slices for a few minutes each side. Lay on a grill, top with tomato sauce, grated cheese and other toppings of your choice. Grill until cheese has browned and eat straight away!

Green tomato and mixed veg soup (on a budget)

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What to do with all of these tomatoes that won’ t turn red? I’ve looked on the internet for some inspiration though I’m not the biggest fan of chutney and wanted to do something with the ingredients that I already had so I made a really tasty soup, I find soup a great way to use up leftovers and it’s great for freezing for mid-week lunches for ‘T’ and I with some home made bread. The courgetter used was grown by my husband’s colleague, the tomatoes from our garden and the chicken stock was in the freezer from a roast that I made a couple of weeks ago.

Ingredients:

4 x large carrots

1 x chopped capsicum pepper (I used a red one)

4 x cup fulls of tomatoes (red, green and inbetween!)

1 x large courgette

1 x large baking potato

2 x sticks celery

1 x red onion

enough water/stock to cover all ingredients

seasoning & mixed herbs.

knob of butter

Method:

Add the chopped onion to a pan containint melted butter, cook until softened then add the rest of the vegetables and cook for a few minutes. Cover with stock and bubble away until all veg is tender and blitz with a blender.

When things go wrong…….

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I was talking with my friend last week about thie blog and about the daily things I do and she pointed out how the blog can make everything seem so happy and positive, which of course isn’t true all the time, so I thought I’d share some of the things that have gone wrong lately:

  1. All of the tadpoles died a couple of weeks ago, it looks as though a slug fell into the water and took all the oxygen, it was also a very hot few days which doesn’t help with the oxygen in the water, very sad as they were doing so well!
  2. My potatoes have miserably failed this year – the picture is the whole lot out of 2 batches planted – shameful!
  3. We hardly ever use the washable nappies anymore – they seem to stretch all of little T’s clothes, and as I sell most of her clothes on ebay(or give them to chariy) once she has outgrown them, it seems silly to ruin them all. I haven’t given up on them completley as I really don’t like using the disposables but I’m yet to find a solution!
  4. I sometimes struggle to find things to do at the weekend on a very tight budget and we are often wondering where to go on a rainy day, picnics and playing in the sun is great, though we’re sometimes stumped by a miserable day.
  5. Our only yellow tomato plant has completley died, so no yellow tomatoes this year.
  6. I am very bad at starting things and then getting impatient and finishing them in a hurry, hence why this blog could do with a bit of a tidy up!
  7. I keep forgetting to bake bread recently so keep buying shop-bought bread. A habit that I need to get out of.
  8. On the way back from a local farm visit with T, my husband and my mother-in-law, our car decided to stop working whilst we were doing 60mph along the dual carriageway. We had a lucky escape as no accident or anything, but it was a stressful few hours waiting to be towed back home and then arranging a new car and the old car to be taken away, all done in under 3 days but a stressful time all the same!
  9. Little ‘T’ is still not the best sleeper and it’s begining to take it’s toll on us now, ok so I can hardly complain as she currently sleeps from 12.30 until 2.30 pm and then is in bed at 7pm without a fuss and gets up at 7am, but all the same she wakes most nights for a little chat to herself or a slight moan but then I’m wide awake and can’t get back to sleep so I’m not feeling very rested at the moment!
  10. We are bored of colds and hayfever now too, it seems that as ‘T’ is growing those big back teeth she seems to pick up all the little germs and passes them on to us, I’m sure it’s the same for most parents, but just another ‘moan’ to add to the list!!

Anyway, I think that’s about enough, not very cheery writing all that but wanted to share some of the daily grinds in our house at the moment to keep this place ‘real’! Right, more washing up to do, a quick sweep of the floor and then cook dinner for my husband and step-son now that ‘T’ is tucked up in bed!