You know when you have an "Ooooh I NEED one of those" moments? Well I had one when an advert came on TV for a Cuisinart Soup Maker. It is a little cheaper now at £119 than it was when I bought it at £149 (Grrrrrr) Having said that I have had it about 2 years now and use it a lot, so I think it was worth every penny :)
A few people thought I was nuts - you can make soup in a pan! Well, yeah, you can, but this baby does it all. Let me show you.
First stick a little drop of oil in and some onions and garlic and press the 'sauté' button for a couple of mins.
While it is busy sautéing away (is that a word?) you can chop up some carrots and some coriander.
Coriander has to be one of my most favourite things to chop up - the smell just bursts out the second you attack it with a knife.
Chuck the carrots and coriander in the jug with a pint or so of veggie stock - oh, and in my case a sprinkle of chilli flakes. I put chilli flakes in everything, I like a bit of a kick :)
While we are waiting for that to cook do you want to see my lovely Spice Rack? Daddy L built me the rack, and I slowly collect the pots - I say slowly as the ones I am missing can be really tricky to track down, so while I do I also have a cupboard full of spice jars.
Pour and eat.
The second best thing about this soup maker is that it has a self cleaning mode. You just put water and a small drop of washing-up liquid in and run it through a programme. This is good as the one time I tried to clean the blades as I didn't wash it immediately and it dried up a bit, I cut my finger really bad. Ouch!
I had some for lunch with some gorgeous seeded bread. I LOVE this bread, it's so yummy toasted with butter.
Well, today's blog was all about the food, what about some crafts do I hear you cry?
Well, I have just started a jumper for myself, I am making this...
Watch this space :)