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Butternut Squash and Lime Soup

A James Martin recipe suitable for batch freezing.

Butternut Squash & Lime Soup

Preparation - less than 30 mins

 Cooking time - 10 to 30 mins

Ingredients
2 tbsp olive oil
50g/1¾oz butter
200g/7oz onion - finely sliced
900g/2lb butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed and cut into 1cm/½in cubes
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 vegetable stock cubes
750ml/1¼ pint milk
1 Lime, juice only

Method
Heat the olive oil and the butter in a large saucepan.
Add the onion, cover and fry gently for 3-4 minutes.
Add the butternut squash and continue to cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Add the vegetable stock cubes with 750ml/1¼ pint water and the milk and bring to the boil.
Reduce to a simmer and cook for six minutes, or until the butternut squash is tender.
Transfer to a blender and pulse until smooth.
Taste, and add more salt and pepper if required. Finish with a little lime juice.
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RIP John Hurt, Kane, War Doctor & Mr Olivander

What a shock to read the news of the passing of John Hurt. A phenomenal actor, so versatile, so powerful, never typecast and always compelling. I loved him as Kane and that infamous cinematic changing Alien scene, as Mr Olivander he was superb and he was of course the War Doctor for Doctor Who.
BBC Tribute to John Hurt
Nick Briggs words are so right. Sadly I had just been thinking about starting on their War Doctor audios last night. I have many of the Eighth Doctor from them, all of the original Bernice Summerfield and all of Graceless. All the BBC Tenth Doctor audios. There won't be any more War Doctor other than the release due in February and there won't be any more John Hurt.
Big Finish - Tribute to the War Doctor and the Invisible Man
I was really shocked to learn of his passing and have always loved and admired his work, my favourites being Kane in Alien, Mr Olivander of Harry Potter and obviously, the War Doctor. RIP John Hurt, you were amazing and there will never be another like you 😢
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Garlic Roasted Brussel Sprouts

to be altered...
Ingredients
1 pint brussels sprouts (about a pound)
4 to 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, to coat bottom of pan
5 cloves garlic,
peeled Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Preparation
Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Trim bottom of brussel sprouts.
Slice each in half top to bottom.
Heat oil in cast-iron pan over medium-high heat until it shimmers;
put sprouts cut side down in one layer in pan.
Put in garlic, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Cook, undisturbed, until sprouts begin to brown on bottom, and transfer to oven. Roast, shaking pan every 5 minutes, until sprouts are quite brown and tender, about 10 to 20 minutes.
Taste, and add more salt and pepper if necessary.
Stir in balsamic vinegar, and serve hot or warm.
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Volcanic Eruptions of the Unexpected Kind 😁

There's been a whole load of terrible going on here still, super concentrated so... A funny instead. I'm going to share someone else's misfortune 😁 The other day the carer arrived wearing a long jacket which she replaced by oddly tying her scarf around her middle. Then she confessed. Trying to take tablets whilst driving she had opened a new bottle of water and held it securely between her legs. The bottle started to tip so she reacted instinctively by clenching her thighs together..... This resulted in a volcanic jet of water that went all over the place, her lap, the cars console, the passenger seat and soaked her trousers, knickers and the car seat..... It wasn't her day 😂 But I felt better 😂😂😂
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Sherwood Forest Under Threat from Fracking

This is unbelievable, this is probably the most famous, well known British woodland and it is under massive threat. Sherwood Forest, home to Robin Hood, ancient trees, badgers, bats, rare wildlife has a huge energy company, Ineos trying to get permission to check for gas underneath it. This means this beautiful woodland filled with lorries, heavy machinery and explosions. Destroyed. In the name of the God Profit.
It’s also home to Major Oak, a 1,000-year old tree that, according to legend, sheltered Robin Hood.
The Forestry Commission can decide whether to let them in or not and they are supposed to protect our forests. They will be under pressure to let this destruction go ahead. 38 Degrees campaigns have been extremely successful in the past and this is another major issue. If you can sign this, then please, please do so.
As Robin of Sherwood said "Nothing's Forgotten, Nothing's Ever Forgotten".

I've signed the petition to keep Sherwood Forest free from fracking. Please can you join me?
Protect Sherwood Forest from Fracking
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Required : Medical Secretary for Filing Miracle 😂

To distract from tomorrow and because it's Seriously overdue I have started to tackle the Two Large A4 ring binders of Medical Filing. It is rather a mess caused by my having so many multiple conditions and many of them crossing over so requires a serious overhaul. Whilst it is Much easier to have 'Feet' related medical letters in one section, it means that under 'Feet' specialists letters cover Raynauds, Sjogrens, Sarcoidosis, Sympathetic Nerve Dysfunction/ Autonomic Dysfunction, Orthotics dept, physio etc. Easier than trying each Diseases folder for the info. Under 'Dental' there is also Sjogrens, Sarcoidosis, Temporo Mandibular Joint disorder, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Sympathetic Nerve Dysfunction/ Automonic Dysfunction plus Optician/eyes since the dentist has Twice damaged my eye! It's insane trying to get it done but vital to get this sorted as I've learnt that my GP surgery has lost a whole load of my files! Some bits can go under their disease folder but there's Tonnes more of the buggers not listed above! Some papers need cross referencing too. I need a Medical Secretary....! I have put this off for so long 😰 and now you've read the above you'll know why! 😱
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Yankee Candle bargain!

My father gave me an advent calendar on Wednesday, January 4th. It's one hell of a bargain, he got it half price in Boots sale 😊
It has 23 tealights in it of various mixes of
Cosy By The Fire, Bundle Up, Christmas Cookie, Snowflake Cookie, Winter Glow, Spiced Orange and then a votive candle called Christmas Eve for Christmas Eve. It smells amazing!
I opened each door in date order, it just seemed right 😁
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Lakeland Goodies 3/3 Copper Cookie Cutters

These are gorgeous! They are both copper plate and the cookie cutter stars are really for display in the kitchen. I'd coveted them before Yule but they were full price around £8 which I couldn't justify but £2.99 in the sale? Yup that'll do nicely 🌟 The gingerbread man was the same reduced price so I just got him too, then he arrived.... I'd not realised he was so enormous! About 11"! The red ribbon bows were on them, a simple touch that made them even better! I love Lakeland! My carer spotted the stars today and exclaimed "Oh my God, you got them!" so she'd also remembered them in the shop. They do look lovely. I intend to hang the three stars together on different lengths twine that resembles bakers string.

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Lakeland Goodies 1/3 Gingerbread House

It took 2 days to place my order thanks to a crap signal, (then 4 days to place the next as Tilly wanted something) but Lakeland have done it again. Delivery from the date of the order and was 4 days due to the seasonal period. This Gingerbread House cookie cutter set was about £8-£9 originally but down to £2.99. I figured could do Fimo clay but could easily use it for Balsa wood instead! Cutters are for the house walls, roof, chimney, door, windows, tree and gingerbread men, blooming good value! 🏡