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
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.