Put a top on

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Darlings usually at the East Wing the air is blue ( expressive language rules) but lately it has been green . As have I after not wearing the regulation gas mask .

He blames the dog, she blames him, I blame them. It’s a viscous circle .
One has got to the bottom of it.

Soup.

Oh, innocent it is not. After blending baskets full of vegetables and seeing (strike that )SMELLING the results one may have to reconsider lunch.

Soup. Girls love soup more than boys. Tasty and light. However if one turns up the volume with toppings and gives them a bit on the side even a man size appetite will be satisfied.

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A bowl size cheesy crouton in French Onion

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Asparagus and a Parmesan crisp

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Cream or crème fraiche with basil would be even more perfect with some cheese on toast on the side.

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Great toppings include: bacon, sausage, prawns, herbs, cheeses ( especially feta) fried onions, cucumber, pesto

Have onions rings/garlic bread/a sandwich on the side.

Garnish.

Girls LOVE GARNISH.

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Be creative.

You eat with your eyes.

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Yesterdays toxic weapon of choice ( a real window opener) was a spicy carrot with a crème fraiche and bacon topping. Hearty and fragrant. The soup and ones husband.

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ingredients

Carrots
Half an onion
Garlic
Splash of olive oil
Stock or water
Two sticks celery
Birdseye chilli ( 2)
Cinnamon
Chilli powder
Ground coriander
Nutmeg
Bacon and crème fraiche

method
Roast a tray of carrots in olive oil salt and pepper
Fry onion, celery , garlic, chillies and a generous shake of each of dry spices.
Add roasted carrots and a litre of stock or water to the pan.
Blend.
Check seasoning. We like it HOT. Omit birds eye chilli if wanting milder.

I crisp up the bacon on a tray at the same time as roasting the carrots .
Swirl in crème fraiche and top with bacon pieces.

Buy nose clip.
Sorry , that’s just moi

( in preparation for the curried parsnip with baked apple garnish)

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