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Like most of the UK last Sunday we were making sure that anything loose in the garden was either removed and stored in the garage or tied down, ahead of the St Jude’s arrival in the early hours of Monday.  It was supposed to have been worse than the storm of ’87 and the floods we had in early ’88.  Both of which I remember with some trepidation!
Well what an anti-climax …a bit of rain and barely a breeze.. we seemed to have escaped the worst of the rain and wind. The south coast was hit harder.
IMHO – the press made more fuss about it because it was heading for London and we all know London is the centre of the Universe don’t we??

I saw this picture on twitter and seemed to sum up the day quite nicely!!

storm advice

Monday’s post arrived and with the postie a parcel – some DKNY smelly that I won from the Perfume Shop. Although I have several smellies on the go at the moment, I’ll probably keep this one. It certainly won’t be given as an unappreciated gift at Christmas like my Kenso one was!!

We went to see Thor – The Dark World for Orange Wednesday this week. It’s very good, full of action and you get to see Chris Hemsworth’s six pack..(what can you want!!). I didn’t know until today though that Christopher Eccleston plays Malekith the Accursed! Good makeup!!
For supper that evening we had homemade Lamb Burgers. Gawd they were lush!!! I’ll get around to putting the recipe on here one day!!

The only other picture I’ve taken is of my Thai Pumpkin Soup. I saw culinary pumpkins in Sainsbury for £1 and thought it would make some good cheap soup. Along with the coconut it cost about £1.50 for 6 good portions! It was SO tasty!!

lamb burger, thai pumpkin soup, dkny
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RECIPE: Thai Pumpkin Soup

I’ve never cooked with pumpkin before and was surprised to discover that you can’t really cook with the ones sold for carving.

The only reason I made the soup was because pumpkin was on offer in the supermarket and I thought that for £1 each it would make a tasty cheap soup.
The next task was to look up a recipe, some using spices, some using dairy to enrich it, some using Thai ingredients. Only one thing wrong I didn’t have any lemongrass, chillies or red Thai paste. However I did have coconut and a jar of chopped chillies. So I set to work on my version of the soup, here’s the result and recipe.

Thai Pumpkin Soup

Thai Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients:  Enough for 4 to 6  portions.

  • 1 cooking pumpkin weighing about 1 Kilo
  • 1 onion – chopped
  • half block of creamed coconut
  • 2 teaspoons of chopped chillies (or 2 fresh red chillies chopped – up to you if you add seeds!)
  • 1 litre hot vegetable or chicken stock
  • salt and pepper


  • Preheat oven 180 degrees Gas Mark 4.
  • Quarter the pumpkin,  remove seeds and thready pith. Slice each quarter into 2 and place on a baking tray, drizzle with a little oil and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for approx 30 minutes or until soft.
  • Meanwhile, fry the onion in a little oil until transparent – do not let it brown.
  • Add the stock, chillies and coconut. ( break up into small chunks – it will melt into the liquid)
  • Bring to the boil and leave to simmer stirring to melt the coconut.
  • When the pumpkin is soft, scrape the flesh off the peel and chop into smaller pieces. Add the pumpkin to the stock base.
  • Simmer for 15 mins.

To Serve:

  • Blitz the soup with a hand whisk until smooth. Add more stock or hot water until it is the consistency you like.
  • Adjust seasoning to taste.
  • Serve with toasted tortilla wraps cut into wedges / toast / prawn crackers


  • Use canned coconut milk instead of the creamed coconut, reduce the amount of stock used to around 700ml
  • Add a stalk or two of lemongrass – bruise and cut in half – remove before blitzing.
  • Use a couple of teaspoons of red Thai paste instead of chillies and lemongrass.

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