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Change of season

I guess I have been suffering from food boredom. My jaded palate has not
been craving anything at all. The thought of cooking has been giving me food
fatigue. I guess the most enthusiastic chefs or foodies all go through these
seasons. I put this down to too much cooking, I have overdone it and have been
falling back on my favourite tried and true recipes. Burrittos, Roast chicken, rissotto,
simple spaghetti cabarnora made with fresh eggs, bacon and parmesan cheese and lot of fish dishes!. Sorry no photos, the meals have not even warranted a photo. When my husband says at the end of the meal ‘that was a bit simple’ I know he has been far too spolit with decadence night after night. With my spring fitness motivation I also decided It was time to make some salads for dinner.

Lamb, Barley & spinach salad

We have been having an early spring with some lovely days in the 15-18 degrees. Let me tell you that is like a blessing after a few months of cold, wind, rain & snow. So all this food fatigue has been swept away by some warmer days. I have been working ALOT, and have now managed to get back into my training routine. I have an amazing trainer Jess Ford who runs weight resistance circuit style girls only group training 3 mornings a week in Sumner. So I have been getting up at 5:35am and have enjoyed getting my sluggish butt back into some vigorous training.  Post feb earthquake my favourite Bikram hot yoga was closed. I have since discovered www.hotflowyoga.co.nz and went along to a class today. I loved it the room was only heated to 36ºc and the class was a power vinyasa style yoga. In true yogi style I came home with the inspiration to make a simple red lentil, carrot, pumpkin, sweet potato soup. I used my freshly made chicken stock as a base, it makes such a huge difference to bought stock. The soup was thick and delicious and I felt as if I was nourishing my body just by eating it. The change of season is welcome with so much to look forward to…aparagus, strawberries, blueberries, stonefruit, tomatoes and a bounty of courgettes.

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The princess and the pea…soup

Once upon a time there was a prince who wants to marry a princess, but is having difficulty finding a suitable partner. Something is always wrong with those he meets, and he cannot be certain they are real princesses. One stormy night a young woman drenched with rain seeks shelter in the prince’s castle. She claims to be a princess, so the prince’s mother decides to test their unexpected guest by placing a pea in the bed she is offered for the night, covered by 20 mattresses and 20 featherbeds. In the morning the guest tells her hosts—that she was most put out —that she endured a sleepless night, kept awake by something hard in the bed; which she is certain has bruised her. The prince rejoices. Only a real princess would have the sensitivity to feel a pea through such a quantity of bedding. The two are married, and the pea is placed in the Royal Museum. (adapted from Wikipedia)

This soup is dedicated…. if you can dedicate soup, to all the princes out there looking for their princesses.

The Princess and the pea.. soup

4 slices of rindless streaky bacon

1 onion or leek

1 small lemon

50g butter

salt and pepper

750g frozen peas

1 1/2 litres chicken stock

To make: Slice across the rashers of bacon to make chunky, short ribbons. Place in a medium-sized heavy bottomed saucepan and cook gently at first as the fat runs, until very crisp. scoop from the pan and set aside to drain on paper.

Meanwhile, chop the onions or leeks finely. Zest some lemon peel. Add the butter to the pan and fry the leeks or onions add the lemon zest, season cover the pan and cook over medium to low heat for 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock to the pan and bring to the boil, then add the peas. Boil for 2 minutes then liquidize in batches and pur back into your pan. Reheat and adjust seasoning with salt, cracked pepper and lemon juice. Serve with garnish of bacon. So simple, green & nutritious. Recipe thanks of Lindsey Bareham.

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