Butternut Squash Soup.

 I thought today I would share a favourite recipe of mine its quick simple and delicious and even better still its fat free and healthy and even better it’s not expensive.


Ok so for the ingredients you will need:-

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 Butternut soup for four

Low calorie cooking spray

1 onion peeled and diced

1 medium butternut squash peeled deseeded and cut into wedges

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1 small potato peeled and cut into quarters

2 cloves of garlic peeled and crushed

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

900 ml hot vegetable stock

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Ok off we go….

Spray a large pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a low heat. Add the onion and cook for 1-2 minutes.


Add the butternut squash and potato and cook for a further 2 minutes over a medium heat.

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 Add the garlic and seasoning to taste.

 (Take care some vegetable stocks can contain a lot of salt)


 Pour in the vegetable stock and simmer for 25 minutes.

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Use a hand blender or food processor and blend until smooth.  Add a garnish of sprinkled thyme or a teaspoon of crème fresh and enjoy!  


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To Veg Or Not to Veg

What to do what to do….. That is the question. Following the poor summer we had (it didn’t happen) and the monumental veg cop failure I had last year, which I put down to the bad weather and lack of time to tend it. I am wondering what to do this coming year. Do I plant more vegetables or give up as a lost cause. That’s my dilemma
I have several options open to me
1. Do I keep the veg plot in the garden the same and just fertilize well cross my fingers and hope the summer is better and we have no disasters that stop me from tending it.( although the latter is out of my control)
2. Extend the veg plot into the flower beds and plant veg among the flowers (very appealing idea)
3. Dig up half the lawn and make a new veg plot. (Lots of large tree roots to be removed under the lawn but doable).
4. Put my name down for an allotment. (An idea I love but Mr. B is not so keen we’re not getting any younger).

5. Give up growing veg and grow flowers instead.

So… What’s your advice? What would you do?
Last year I used chicken manure on the veg garden. What do you use? Has anyone tried seaweed?
My garden is not huge by any means just a regular small town garden. Lawn Veg garden flower beds patio but it’s my heaven. Ah… so you want to see what it looks like well you have seen the veg garden just look up to the top of the page that’s it scroll up can you see the pigeon sitting in the middle of the beans.


Looking at the garden from the patio


Part of the long border


The Veg plot is made up of three raised beds 8feet x 4 feet



garden new

Looking at the veg plot from the long border