P!NK concert FA!L, but a nice day out anyway…

After many months of suspense and anticipation, the Pink concert which we had been really looking forward to was cancelled, 3 hours before it was due to start! Pink called in sick so had to make alternative arrangements. We even saw her tour bus pulling into the NEC parking area.

Here are some pictures from around the Birmingham NEC area…

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So, what do you do when you’re 7 miles from the centre of Birmingham, after having just received a text message saying your concert has been cancelled?

First thing – there’s no way we’re going back home now when we’ve got the day to ourselves! Second thing – let’s go see a film. Ok, nothing really inspiring on (Tom Cruise being the top target). Let’s head that way and see. While on way to cinema, we see the high rise towers of the centre and decide to head to the Bullring for some shopping/browsing and some food.

Really glad we did that and had some really nice Thai food at Selfridges. A fair bit of browsing the shops and being shocked at the prices of clothes but a potentially bad day turned into good day out.

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Thai coconut pumpkin soup…

Wow, lots of cooking inspiration is coming from somewhere. I think maybe it’s because Autumn has hit and the changing season has altered my internal functions a bit.

Darker days, leaves blowing around, changes everyday and warmer food needed. I’ve got into soups and stews over the last year, as well as baking and puddings. I’m less inspired by the bit in the middle but i’ll keep trying : )

Always on the lookout for a new seasonal soup recipe and with the glut of pumpkin around, the following recipe from allrecipes.co.uk seemed like a good one…

http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/6120/thai-coconut-pumpkin-soup.aspx

So, Thai coconut pumpkin soup – the first time i’ve attempted anything Thai in style or flavour. The main flavours come from the pumpkin, red chilies, shallots, and lemon grass. All mixed and cooked together to produce an amazing smell.

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 25g butter
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 4 shallots, chopped
  • 2 small fresh red chillies, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped lemon grass
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 350ml coconut milk
  • 475g peeled and diced pumpkin or squash
  • 1 bunch fresh basil leaves
1. In a medium saucepan, heat oil and butter over low heat. Cook garlic, shallots, chillies and lemon grass until fragrant (be careful not to burn the garlic). Stir in chicken stock, coconut milk and pumpkin; bring to the boil. Cook until pumpkin softens.
2. In a blender, blend the soup in batches to a smooth or slightly chunky consistency, whatever you prefer. Serve garnished with basil leaves.

The recipe worked really well and produced a nicely balanced flavour – not too much pumpkin. I also used veggie stock in place of the chicken stock.

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