Posts Tagged With: Vegetable

Daily detox soup – squash and cauliflower soup

Here’s a soup I never thought I’d eat squash and cauliflower soup (unless of course someone ordered it for me in the restaurant game!). My wife was making Weight Watcher’s no-point vegetable curry and she had gone to the trouble of chopping up all the ingredients. Now, you know when you cook something you like, and then it have it lots and lots of times, until you get sick of it. Well, that’s where I was with Weight Watcher’s no-point vegetable curry. So with my latest daily detox soup jelly wobble, she gave me my share of veggies and make a soup for me.

And in the spirit of this blog, I gave it a go! Very thick soup and, to be honest, couldn’t really taste the cauliflower (a good thing). And of course I felt very healthy and satisfied.

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Put vegetables inside cakes – pumpkin pie for Halloween

I’ve never really understood why people continue to put vegetables into desserts. Why spoil a cake by putting carrots and raisins in it when there is an abundance of chocolate in the world? I don’t think I’ve ever chosen a dessert that had a vegetable in it, which is why, faced with a soon-to-be-carved pumpkin for Hallowe’en, I thought I’d try something different and make pumpkin pie.

I followed the BBC Good Food recipe and all was well. The sieving of the pumpkin was hard work, and after all the effort I probably had about two tablespoons of orangery gloop, which seemed more effort than it’s worth – I hope that the pie had some pumpkin taste to it.

The taste was quite unexpected. The nutmeg was strong and the texture was mousse-like – not quite firm but nowhere near liquid. I can’t say I’m in love with it, and I always look forward to the pastry. I shall of course be hovering it up – unless my wife gets there first!

In the 40 minutes it takes to bake, I made some pumpkin biscuits to go with them. Round cutters and orange icing that my five year old helped to make and ice. Unfortunately,I hadn’t thought in advance and I couldn’t think of anything suitable to hand to put the cackling features of the pumpkin’s face on. So they are just round biscuits, with orange icing, next to a pumpkin and a pumpkin pie and before you comment we are carving the pumpkin tomorrow – we couldn’t wait to try the pie!).

Pumpkin, pumpkin pie, and halloween biscuits

The Great British Bake Off has nothing to worry about

Enjoy!

Did you do anything different this Halloween? I’d love to hear. Tweet me @jelly_wobbler

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Grow fruit from seed

Have you ever stopped to think how things grow? The reason I ask the question was because I was in the fruit and vegetable aisle supermarket with my 4 year old, looking at the huge array on offer. I was showing him the different types of fruit and explaining what grows on tress and on the ground. It almost felt abstract, theoretical even. We become so sanitised to the convenience of our supermarkets that I wonder if we have become disconnected to nature. What would a 4 year old make of the meat aisle, with all the pink cuts in plastic. How would he ever connect that to an animal? The same with fruit and veg.

So we decided to do an experiment. We’d pick some fruit and plant them and see what happens. 4 year old picked a satsuma, lemon and an avocado (and before you argue it is a fruit).

Gathering soil from our compost into little pots we plunged the satsuma seeds into one pot and the lemon seeds into another. Popped them into a clear, plastic bag and put on to a sunny window-sill. For some reason, unbenownst to me, I thought I’d look up how to grow an avocado from seed. I’m glad I did. It’s not as simple as putting into soil. You grow avocados by perching it above water, with the aid of toothpicks balancing on a jar.

The seed is called a Pit

The jar went on to the window-sill and I’ll let you know the progress on the Facebook page.

The future perfect of my avocado pit?

By sheer coincidence, I was watching the movie Red this week, and look what is on Bruce Willis’ table!

It's the thing on the right

It’s the thing on the right

Two facts you didn’t know about avocados (well, I didn’t)

1) They contain more fat than any other fruit or vegetable (but GOOD fat!)

2) In the Bahamas they are called pears

Contained within this link are three healthy facts about avocados

Go on, plant some fruit seeds and get back to nature! Post your photos and comments to the Wobble a Jelly Facebook page.

Remember, you can tweet me suggestions @jelly_wobbler

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