Monday, October 05, 2009


Current work: Modern Heat
Listening to: Satie (quite discordant and just perfect for a dusty chateau - oh, did I not mention that my heroine plays the piano? This is my excuse for loafing off in our dining room: Method writing)
Reading: next on TBR (I have a treat lined up for tonight – hot bath, early bedtime and a Christmas book by one of my very, very favourite authors – more on this tomorrow)

Am still sneezing/coughing. Actually needed a coat on the school run today (also useful as it had pockets for conkers – Madam is still obsessed with them).

I was going to do a skit on Keats’ Ode to Autumn (Season of coughs and soggy handkerchiefs...), but I really don’t have the energy. So take it as read, and instead I’m going to give you a recipe for a really comforting (and immensely virtuous) soup.

900g butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and chopped
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
900ml water
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander

Put the lot in a very large pan, bring to the boil, simmer for 25 mins (until squash is tender), cool, then puree in a blender. Reheat and serve with a swirl of sour cream. Enjoy.


Jan Jones said...

Soup sounds wonderful. Hope it does the job for you too and that you surge back to full health.

Anonymous said...

From your sneeze to my keyboard:

Season of coughs and soggy handkerchiefs!
Close bosom-friend of festering lungs;
Conspiring to fill our eyes with scree,
With snot the hollows of our craniums;
To gash with pain our flame-red throats,
And fill our heads with mucus to the core;
To swell the membranes, and plump the scarlet nose
With oozy fluid; to set dripping more,
And still more, the flayed proboscis tip,
Until we live on nothing but Lemsip
And our moods range from dismal to morose.

Hope you feel better soon!


Kate Hardy said...

Jan - thanks. (Not yet, but am working on it!)

Kate Hardy said...

mpe - that is inspired!

Thank you :o)