Who Doesn’t like Celery

Its the Weekend!

Here is a question for you. Why is it that during the week I can sleep through to the alarm. Yet on Saturdays and Sundays I am up with the bleeding larks? Now its a weekend and I can have a long lie in. Here I am then up early with the rest of the family having their deserved long lie in, the house is like a morgue this morning.

So I think that we are having Chilli tonight and so I begin the preparation for that hot and mincey delight for dinner now as it can grow in flavour throughout the day. At the same time my thoughts began to wander towards lunchtime. I check the veg draw and a large head of Celery jumps into view and so I begin….

Serves: 4

Approximate Calories: 382 (95.5 –  calories per serving) if you add the butter: Calories 522 – 130.5 per serving)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of rapeseed oil (other types of oil will do)
  • 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, crushed (to taste)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium potato, chopped
  • 1 whole celery (about 6-7 stalks), finely chopped
  • Optional (1 knob of butter)
  • 1 tsp of mixed herbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 vegetable stockpots (chicken or bouillon will do)
  • Add hot water to (level 1 or 2 in the soupmaker whichever suit you)

Method

  • Put all ingredients in the soup maker and set to smooth.
  • Alternatively put all of the ingredients into the pan and bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minute’s or so, then blend when done until smooth.
  • For a thinner soup add more water, for a thicker soup add less water.
  • (Optional – serve with crusty bread or a bagel, don’t forget to add the calories for these if you have them).

PS The chilli was a total and delicious success

Potato, Carrot & Onion

Now that I am back in the groove with my soup making, I wanted to experiment with a chunky wholesome home style soup. It had to simple, tasty and warming as well as quick to make and not full of spurious ingredients that were not need .

I simply used potatoes, carrots, celery and onions and a tsp my Hungarian purchase of sweet and hot paprika to add the warmth that I wanted.

You can find some info here about Hungarian paprika by clicking here

Serves: 4

Approximate Calories: 741 (186 calories per serving) 

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp of rapeseed oil (olive oil will do)
  • 2 sticks of celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 medium potato, chopped
  • 3 onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp of pearl barley
  • 1-2 tsp of paprika (hot or sweet to your taste)
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 vegetable and 1 chicken stockpot
  • Add hot water to (level 1 in the soupmaker the higher one)

Method

  • Put all ingredients in the soup maker and set to smooth
  • Alternatively put all of the ingredients into the pan and bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minute’s or so, then blend when done until smooth.
  • For a thinner soup add more water, for a thicker soup add less water.

Walking Football

Went to play walking football again with the Staines Town Strollers tonight. It was my second run out and I started well after warming up for a bit.

Then I suffered a thigh strain! Out for at least two weeks, so my advice is to take it easy and build up some muscle strength by more Walking. So out tonight and tomorrow to stop my left thigh from seizing up.

Going to make Black Bean Soup for dinner tonight to cheer myself up.

My Brand New Blog

I don’t like a lot of things, its just my age. However I really don’t like diets, dieting or the whole dieting industry thing. I also don’t like the Gyms or exercise scene. That whole ethos of fanaticism, competition and comparison is not me.

So in answer to several problems I was experiencing I started to make soup, so that I could simply get more vegetables into my diet. However food alone does not help but its a great base to start from, so to support this drive I started to walk three or times a week, took up Tai Chi as well as Walking football.

I will add recipe’s over time and various updates about my progress, food and exercise. I hope you will follow my blog and still feel that its all to play for.