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Halloween Autumn Recipe – Butternut Squash Pumpkin Soup

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  • WHAT YOU NEED (FOR 10 PEOPLE):

1 Red Kuri Squash (Hokkaido)

1 Butternut Squash

2 1/2 l Chicken/Vegetable Broth

4 Potatoes

200 ml Whipped Cream

2 Garlic Cloves

Ginger

Salt and Pepper

Cayenne Pepper

Curry Powder

Cinnamon Powder

Coriander

Nutmeg

Sour Cream

1 Vanilla Bean

Orange Juice

Oil, for stir-frying

  • PREPARATION:

1. Halve, seed and cube the butternut squash and the red kuri squash. Put them in a frying pan, together with the garlic cloves (which are sliced into small pieces beforehand). Stir-fry them in a bit of oil.

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2. Put the vegetable broth in a large pot. Bring to a boil. Peel and cube the potatoes and the ginger (a bit of ginger is enough! Don’t add too much!). Tip the potatoes, ginger and the squash into the pot.

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3. Let it boil for 20 minutes. Blend everything. Then add the spices and whipped cream. Let it boil for a bit longer. Blend it again and leave it over night. Add the orange juice before eating it the next day. You can also add some sour cream or crème fraîche before serving it. Done!

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Recipe: Baked Honey Apple & Goat Cheese

I seem to have forgotten about the “food” part on my blog. It’s already been quite a while since my last restaurant review and even longer ago since my last recipe post; although I have hundreds of pictures of delicious recipes I’ve tried this and last year. However it’s maybe not a good idea to post about a pumpkin soup in June. So, here we go, with a very delicious baked apple with goat cheese and salad recipe.

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Baked Honey Apple with Goat Cheese and Salad:

What you need:

2 apples, 8 goat’s cheese slices (cream cheese!), 2 teaspoons dried thyme, 2 teaspoons brown sugar, butter

How you do it:

Peel and core the apples. Cut them into eight slices (each apple 4 slices). Put the goats cheese slices on the apple slices. Put the thyme, sugar, honey and a bit of butter on top of each apple/cheese slice. Bake it at 180° for about 10 minutes. When the cheese looks as pictured above, you can serve it. Garnish with salad and bread.

Cupcakes, Bobas and Dorayaki

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Last month, when I was in London, I of course couldn’t leave out a visit to Lola’s cupcake counter in Harrods and Bubbleology in Soho. They’re some of the few places I’ll go to every time I’m in London. As it was afternoon (tea) time and my friend’s and my feet started to hurt, we were looking for somewhere to eat and drink something and, most importantly, sit down. Because we were shopping in Harrods, I got the idea of paying a little visit to the Food Hall, the Lola’s cupcake counter in particular. I bought two Red Velvet cupcakes, but my friend didn’t want cupcakes and we couldn’t find anything to sit down, so instead we went to Piccadilly Circus with the tube. There’s that small Japanese supermarket where I always wanted to go to and as my friend loves Asian food we went there to get her something to eat. I had no idea what all the things they sold were, but everything looked pretty delicious so I bought..well, something (maybe someone knows what those things in the picture above are). My friend got Dorayaki’s, Japanese sweets that are quite a bit like pancakes. From there we went to Bubbleology in Soho, just a 5 minute walk from Piccadilly Circus. My favourite Bubble Tea store, looking very much like a mad scientist’s lab.

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Turkish Summer Dreams

It was time foooor HOLIDAYS! And of course the destination question came up again. I’ve been to Spain about a hundred times, I’ve been to Greece 3 times, to Croatia, Italy, France, Tenerife and so on. About 10 years ago, I went to Turkey for the first time; 6 years ago for the 2nd time. I really liked it there and so decided to go there for a 3rd time, staying at the same hotel as 6 years ago. On 17th August I packed all my luggage (three huge suitcases) and off I went to the airport.

The hotel was, just like 6 years ago, simply fantastic! The best thing was the view. You could see the mountains as well as the beach. It looked beautiful at sunrise..and sunset; and in the night, and actually it looked beautiful all the time!

The hotel has its own beach, with camels and a buffet (before you ask, I didn’t go anywhere near the camel!).

I spent great 2 weeks there – although it was way too hot for me! At least 40°C every day. One morning I passed out because it was too hot and I probably didn’t drink enough. After that I was a bit scared to go out in the sun again (particularly what I had to pay the doctor was very scary…). The food made me go outside though, because it was something I couldn’t miss. The hotel has a BBQ restaurant as well as a fish restaurant. BBQ: I’m a vegetarian and as they didn’t have grilled vegetables I felt a bit left out. Fish: fantastic food!

Even at night it was still about 30 degrees – pretty cold, ha! But the perfect temperature for a little swim in the pool.

On 1st August I had to say bye bye to Turkey, but I really enjoyed my holidays there.

A Day In London

In this post I’ll describe what the perfect day in London is for me. Opinions differ, of course, and everyone has an individual idea of a ‘perfect day in London’. I got the idea for this blog post last April, when my parents visited London for the very first time. It was one of the most stressful weekends I ever had! We had exactly two days and they wanted to see everything. We went from Finchley to Hampstead to Belsize Park to Camden to Central London, Sloane Square, Westminster, up and down Oxford Street, to the Tower, Shakespeare’s Globe etc etc etc. After I had (barely) survived that weekend, I realised that probably a lot of people make the mistake to stay in London for only one weekend. This is crazy, especially if they’re here for the first time! There are way too many things to see and two days aren’t enough. I called what we did ‘extreme sightseeing’. What’s so extreme about it? Well, go ahead and try to show your friends, parents or whoever almost all the sights in London, but please don’t forget to post pictures of the blisters on your and their feet!

My perfect day would start with a morning in Hampstead. I’d have breakfast (Brioche French Toast!) at Giraffe on Rosslyn Hill (opens at 7.30am), and would then walk to Primrose Hill in the southeast or Hampstead Heath in the north to watch the sunrise over London.

Afterwards I’d go to Camden vintage shopping and looking at all the cute shabby chic things they sell at the market; maybe I’d also try some Asian food and cupcakes.

Photo by turquoisegrrrl

In the afternoon I would take the tube to Central London (Northern line from Camden Town station to Leicester Square, Piccadilly line from Leicester Square to Green Park and then the Jubilee line to Westminster) to do a little sightseeing tour and see the most famous sights in London: The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Number 10 (Downing Street) and the Horse Guards Parade. They’re not far away from the tube station, but it’s up to you which of the sights you’d like to see.

Then I’d take the Circle or District line to Sloane Square to have lunch at my favourite pancake house, My Old Dutch, and – if your budget allows it – to go (designer) shopping (either that or Oxford Street..and don’t forget Harrods!!).

In the evening I’d take the tube to the Tower Bridge (London Bridge or Tower Hill station) to watch the sunset. Something which I can’t miss on my perfect London day is a musical! I can recommend Legally Blonde, which I saw last October and which I loooooved. It’s at the Savoy Theatre, so that would be my next stop.

In the late evening/ night I would have some cocktails in the Aqua Spirit Bar on Regents Street (roof terrace!).

Photo by blog.blacktomato.co.uk 

Of course there are millions of other things I love to do in London, but since it’s ‘A Day in London’ post, I can’t include all of them.

I wish everyone a Happy Jubilee weekend!

Restaurant Review: My Old Dutch Pancake House

It’s situated on Kings Road, perfect when you’re hungry and tired from shopping, which wasn’t why I first noticed it though. I first went there with a friend who insisted on going there with me. And thank god I gave in to her, or else I’d probably never have discovered my favourite restaurant! Whenever I’m in the Sloane Square area now, I always pop in for an Italian pancake, which is my favourite, and a fresh orange juice. They also have amazing “My Old Dutch shakes”, you should try the belgian chocolate and the nutella shake!

Task PR A/W12 Press Day

Task PR is an ever-growing PR agency with clients such as Marc Cain, Thomas Sabo, Ash, Tamaris, Kirk Originals, Ribkoff and lots of other exciting brands. All of the collections shown on their A/W12 press days on April 11th and 12th were unique and gave a foretaste of the autumn and winter trends this year.

 A bright and warm orange and red seem to be the dominating colours in the A/W12 Marc Cain collection. I also loved the Thomas Sabo collection – elegant and very cute with crystal polar bear rings and necklaces. The Kzeniya collection was one of those which fascinated me most: edgy bag designs with studs, metallic colours and book style – which seems to be a very popular autumn winter trend this year among handbag designers. The food was trés fantastique, and I know I’m not the only one who thought so. Of course I was also busy taking photos and talking to amazing people like Charles of Chasebondstyle and the ladies from Marc Cain.

Kzeniya A/W 12

Marc Cain A/W 12

Kirk Originals

 Thomas Sabo

Joseph Ribkoff

Tamaris

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