Butternut, Ginger and red Pepper Soup

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A tasty soup with a bit of a zing from the Ginger – mmm my  kind of soup.

 

Ingredients

1 Butternut squash, peeled and diced

1 red onion

1 or 2 red peppers

Coarsely grated ginger

1/2 tsp chilli flakes

parsley to garnish

75g of wholemeal/seeded bread cut into small chunks

1/2 tsp mixed herbs

800ml any stock of choice

2tbsp vegetable oil

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Method

  • Place the onion and garlic (if using) into the pan with the oil and cook until softened.
  • Add the butternut Squash, red pepper, ginger and chilli flakes
  • Stir being careful that nothing gets burnt
  • Pour the stock over the mixture
  • Leave to simmer with a lid on until the butternut is soft
  • Put the chunks of bread onto a baking tray. Drizzle with some of the oil and all the mixed herbs and season with black pepper.
  • Transfer to a blender until smooth
  • Serve with croutons and garnish in the middle

This soup freezes well.

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Hormonal Hens?

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The old and the new Ladies are here together in one place but wow what a week of turmoil it’s been! It’s like having a load of hormonal teenagers at home – I’m laughing to myself.

The first couple of weeks with the three new Ladies went well. Everyone went to bed where they were supposed to and slowly the group has begun to merge at times during the day. It felt like progress until Tuesday evening.

I always check that all the Ladies are accounted for each evening. There were only two of the new Ladies in their house. So I set about trying find her at dusk. I failed but at 6am the following morning, there was Lucy at my kitchen patio doors. She was demanding breakfast! I grabbed my wellies and a jacket, picked her up and took her back to her house.

That evening at dusk, I watched the trio wonder across the garden towards our Hampshire gate heading for home. All of a sudden Lucy stops and doubles back. What’s she up to? I thought to myself. She must have heard me in the kitchen as she looked straight at me. It must have looked like a real comedy as I spent the next few minutes ducking every few seconds as I watched to see what she was up to.

Opposite the kitchen is very narrow hedge. Lucy was looking up and down at it. At one point I thought she was going to fly up at the windows of the old barn but she ducked inside the bush. I waited a few minutes to see if she’d remerge but she didn’t. The bush was so condensed I ended up having to ask one of our holiday guests to hold the hedge back whilst I pulled her out. Lucy wasn’t amused as I took her home.

Next I discovered Spangle was missing! I found her fairly quickly fortunately, she was broody and clucking away in an outside nestbox. I returned her to the house and shut the door. However, I noticed a dead rat on the floor in the pen! Tried as I might I couldn’t remove despite telling myself out loud that it was dead. I walked next door to borrow a neighbour. So the rat was dealt with but Spangle had escaped again. She was just nestling down in the outside nestbox looking very proud of herself. I picked her up and let her fly up to her 10ft high perch, she’s the only one who likes to sleep way up there.

The kids/Ladies were in bed finally – I needed a cup of tea! 😉