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Butternut Squash and Carrot Winter Soup

I watched something on telly last weekend with the kids, where some lady phoned in and asked how to make a nice winter soup.  For once, I paid attention as the bloke (I think it was that cyclist-hater from Yorkshire) gave his reply.

So, today I unwisely braved the supermarket panic-buying queues to pick up a few quid’s worth of veggies and I’ve spent some of my afternoon making soup!

You’ll need:

  1. One butternut squash
  2. About 4 or 5 carrots
  3. 2 cloves garlic
  4. 2 large (or several small) onions
  5. A thumb-sized piece of ginger
  6. 2 pints vegetable stock, from cubes or already made (you decide)
  7. A knob of butter

Slice the onion, garlic and ginger (peeled of course) and soften this lot in the butter.  Add the softened onions, ginger and garlic to the vegetable stock and simmer.

Cut your squash and carrots into finger-sized chunks, drizzle olive oil over them and put these in the oven at 200 Celsius for around 45 minutes, until the edges are browning and they start to smell delicious.

Add the roasted veggies to the pan with the stock and onions etc.  Simmer the mixture for another 30 minutes on a low heat.

Blend it all together and Voila! You have your soup.  Just check the seasoning and enjoy!

If you allow yourself a couple of hours, you’ll have to time to relax and wash up afterwards.

This soup will freeze so I’d recommend saving a couple of emergency portions in tupperware for these cold winter days.


Sodding Diabetes

I don’t blog about my diabetes much. It’s as much part of my daily routine as brushing my teeth; washing my hair; making bad jokes.

This morning, however, before trudging into the snow to defrost the car and get to work I failed to notice that my phial of daytime insulin (Novorapid) was almost empty.

As a result, I’ve just had 4 units of Novorapid instead of the usual 14 I take to counteract the sugars my body will make from my lunch. I’m only a little bloke but I metabolise fast so I’m lucky enough to be able to eat like it’s going out of fashion.

But … today, I’ll be getting through to teatime with only one slice of bread, some (carbohydrate-free) cheese and ham and nowt else inside me. The rest of my scrummy goodies will be going back home uneaten.

Within an hour my stomach will feel like my throat’s been cut.

Bloody Diabetes, grrrrr.

On 4 Units Of Insulin? Nope!

Curse you, diabetes! 🙁

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