Home, home on the range…

Hello there my lovelies!

Sorry for the brief hiatus – I’m back home from Iraq now, and have been so busy having fun and catching up with people I haven’t had time to write any posts!

Let’s see, since getting home I’ve been to Latitude Festival with some old friends, I’ve seen the family and been to the zoo with the niblings. I’ve caught up with various friends who have recently had babies (so many! It’s a baby-fest!), and visited a lavender farm, which was lovely! Photos to follow shortly…

I’ve also been on a mini-break to France via Geneva for a friend’s wedding, which was FABULOUS and there are many pictures of all the fun that ensued…

I’ve had lots of drinks with friends, and gorged myself on wine and cheese and other goodies, and spent plenty of time lounging about resting, sleeping, swimming, internetting, snapping pictures of my cats to put on instagram, going to the cinema and making movie dates with friends in Australia (we pick a time and a movie and watch it together, despite being on separate continents – it’s fun!). Continue reading

Sweet Potato Chowder

This is another favourite of mine – it’s a hearty, chunky soup, utterly delicious, although it’s one that doesn’t always look visually terribly appealing, but it smells and tastes incredible. I usually use a hand-blender to whizz it all up when it’s cooked, instead of having it as a chunky chowder I often blend it into a really thick soup, but either way works. You can also spice it up by adding in some chilli powder or cayenne pepper, or a little cumin.

It comes from The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook by Sarah Brown, which has loads of tasty veggie things in!

You’ll need:

2 tbsp sunflower oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
125g baby sweetcorn, chopped
375g sweet potato, finely chopped
2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
1 red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
1/2 tsp paprika
600ml vegetable stock
2 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tsp dried thyme
100ml double cream
salt and pepper

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