Well this weekend turned out to be a bit different than I was expecting! When I woke up yesterday morning and saw this…
…my plans of driving around seeing friends and family, as well as a coffee date with some of my fave bloggers was off the cards. The snow seemed to just come from nowhere and it was surprisingly thick!
So instead of trying to get the car out I decided to change plans and make the most of some time at home. I roasted up a chicken, went for a nice walk and made some delicious soup!
Harissa Spiced Butternut Squash Soup with Crispy Fried Courgette Croutons (can be vegan, serves 2)
- 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and roasted
- About 4 cups of stock – I used a mix of home made chicken and beef stock but vegetable would be just as good
- 1/2 tbsp of harissa paste
- 1 medium courgette
- 1 tbsp coconut oil or fat of choice for frying
This soup really couldn’t be easier! Just blend together the roasted squash, stock and harissa in a blender until smooth. Transfer to a pan to warm while you make the croutons. Chop the courgette into cubes while you heat your fat in a hot frying pan. Fry the courgettes until brown and crispy. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with the courgettes. Add some Greek yoghurt if desired.
Oh this was well lush! Perfect for a cold snowy day and such a super simple recipe :-)
I also decided to have some pamper time!
I used some honey as a face mask and made a scrub with coffee grounds (a bit messy, but works very well!) and then another with sugar and olive oil. I was going to use some of that body oil (which I was sent to review a while ago) but after using the scrub I didn’t need it. I also deep conditioned my hair with some Madder Root condition from Aveda. I used coconut oil to moisturise my face afterwards. I felt amazing after that and my skin really was glowing. As I’ll talk about next week my skin has generally been pretty good but I’ve noticed some changes recently, although I now think I just needed a good scrubbing!
Last night I made some delicious slow cooked Thai Green Beef Curry:
I added some spiralized courgettes as the mix was quite ‘soupy’. I’d added some broccoli and peppers but I think I added them too soon as they had almost completely broken down by the time I was ready to eat. Still tasted great though!
Dessert was some frozen raspberries mixed with organic pouring yoghurt and a blob of almond butter:
I really enjoyed that yoghurt! I found it in Waitrose and I will definitely be looking for it again! I used the last little bit with this mornings pancakes:
My simple protein pancakes with mixed berries and cashew butter. Great every time!
Yesterday’s breakfast was another treat with farm shop bacon and fried eggs plus a sliced apple:
Love a runny yolk!
Something I have enjoyed a lot of this weekend is hot chocolate:
What have you been up to this weekend?
Do you use any natural body care? I tend to like a mix of the shop bought stuff and simpler more natural things. I’ve always found sugar or salt with oil is just as good (if not better) than other body scrub options you’d pay a fortune for. I’m still a fan of apple cider vinegar as a toner as well!
Do you like crispy bits in your soup? Loved those courgette croutons!