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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Recipe on Deck- Smoky Sausage Minestrone Soup

This soup is one of the only soups I would actually eat right away after making it. Most soups I like to slowly simmer for the day or sit overnight and let the flavour deepen. This soup however is ready as soon as the veggies are sauteed and the pasta is cooked.

Always start soups with the trifecta of any and all good soups. Celery, onion and carrot, and make sure the carrot tastes like a carrot, don't use those watery stumpy things. Season with salt and pepper, a pinch of dried thyme and saute over a medium pan with a good lug of olive oil.

Use whatever sausage you like or in my case I used the Bavarian Smokies that have been drying out in my fridge. I cut up three.

When the veggies are translucent add the sausage and continue to cook down for 10 minutes or so, caramelizing the lot.

Add 2 cans of cooked diced tomatoes, I suggest using one regular and one of these new flavours I recently found at the grocery store.
They are delicious and have those nice charred pieces that make the sauce look rustic mmmm mmm!
I added beluga lentils but it's up to you, you just rinse them and bring them to a boil from cold water then simmer for 15 minutes, drain and toss them into the soup, easy. That 15 minutes is perfect for the soup to start getting yummy.
Add 1 can of drained and rinses cannellini beans

Add 2L of beef stock and 2 bay leaves

1 cup of small pasta shells or macaroni

Boil gently until the pasta is cooked

Green it up! Add some spinach, kale or a touch a parsley hah in my lazy ass case!

Friday, 22 August 2014

Tequila Lime Grilled Chicken Burgers

My new Saturday morning guilty pleasure is Pioneer Woman on Food Network. You gotta love recipes designed for giant American families because they double up as great party recipes for the rest of us.

This recipe is a total must try, we made it for a friends Birthday party last week and served them burger style with chipotle mayo and tomato, onions and avocado.

The marinade is super super super spicy when you whizz it up in your blender, so careful when tasting it while you check the seasoning, but don't worry! I  thought the chicken would turn out to be so hot only the Mexicans at the party could stand it, but I was wrong. The heat didn't take over, the marinade is magical, you really have to try this recipe, it's a keeper and so so easy.

Whizz this all up in a blender and place in a plastic bag with the chicken overnight

1/4 cup lime juice

1 cup silver tequila

1/4 cup canola oil

2 teaspoons salt

5 cloves garlic

1 jalapeno, sliced

1/2 bunch chopped fresh cilantro

12 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

This is the best recipe, cheers Pioneer Woman!

Champagne Boob Flutes

This champagne glass is shaped after Kate Moss' left breast (NSFW)
Kate Moss
This champagne glass is moulded in the shape of Kate Moss's boob, left or right? I have no idea, but I like them! Told you more than a handfuls a waste ;)

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Airline First Class Goodie Bags

Three stars: Iberia give passengers a simple bag with a basic toothbrush, toothpaste, socks, ear plugs, eye mask, foldable brush/comb, shoe bag,hairbands and L'Occitane moisturiser, refreshing cloth and lip balm 
Check out this link, it shows what all the First Class flight goodies bags contain depending on the airline. If I ever find myself shopping around for first class flights, I will use this as a reference. 

Personally my favorites are LĂ“ccitane  on Iberia and SK-II on Quantas (not that's I've flown either) I just like the products.

Five stars: QANTAS fill sleek toilet bags with SK-II cosmetics such as cleanser, moisturiser and facial treatment essence as well as eye mask, ear plugs, toohbrush, toothpaste, deodrant, a mirror for the ladies and a razor and shaving foam for men