sprigs & sprogs

What grows in your garden…?
October 6, 2013, 21:38
Filed under: Farming, Health, Nutrition, Organic, Pumpkin

Well……seems like I am breeding quite a few moths at the moment, as today our cabbages and broccoli looked more like stalks of something else…only some sad looking sticks left…and a bunch of fat happy green caterpillars, that apparently now can turn into moths…. Grrr.

Here is a photo resume of our little veggie patch so far.






These plants are the happiest on our plot. No matter if we have a dry spell of 3 months or pouring rain. Resilient.


Still waiting for our Butternuts to be ready…yum!


Pumpkins are well on their way now, today they have started to change color. Will add some new pix of them soon.


These are my “dry” photos. Next time I will upload a couple from after the rain…the weeds are taking over, yes and the tomato plants!

I love our little plot, although, we are novices, we are enjoying ourselves, and this summer we have learnt lots, by trail and error.  And we will try and take this with us when we start all over in the new year.

But on another note, whether your vegetables grow well or not, it is something very healthy and therapeutic about digging, planting and growing.



Sweet Potato, Butternut Squash & Smoked Chili soup – Yum!
November 5, 2010, 20:49
Filed under: Nutrition, Pumpkin, Recipes, Sweet potato

A colorful autumn.

Here’s the recipe I promised, I made this soup last weekend and it was delicious.

Serves 4

Cooking time: 50 minutes

25g (1oz) Butter

1 clove garlic, crushed

225g (8 oz) sweet potato, diced

1 small butternut squash, diced

1/4 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika

1/2 red chili, finely diced

750ml (26 fl.oz) vegetable stock

2 teaspoons whole grain mustard

1 tablespoon parmesan cheese, finely grated

125 ml (1/4 pint) double cream

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

-Melt the butter in a pan, add the garlic, sweet potato and butternut squash, stir, cover and cook for 10 minutes.

-Add the smoked paprika and red chili, then cook for 1 minute.

-Add the stock and bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes until vegetables are tender.

-Allow to cool a little, then stir in the mustard and parmesan. Blend until smooth.

-Return to the pan, add the cream, season to taste, then gently reheat for 2 minutes and serve.

Recipe is taken from the book; New Covent Garden Food Co, Soup for all seasons.



I made one batch without chili for my children, they loved it. So just as nice with chili as without.

Have a lovely weekend!

Sweet potatos & Pumpkins are my Super foods!
November 1, 2010, 21:32
Filed under: Fitness, Health, Nutrition, Pumpkin, Sweet potato


I was diagnosed with a sinus infection, and had to take antibiotics for a week.  So when I said my common cold was a bit more stubborn I was on the right track. It took me another week after finishing the antibiotics to get over it… So my fitness routine is none existent, and that was just as I had finally got into one! But such is life, and I blame my immune system. So why was my immune system not up to scratch?

It could be many reasons,  stress, not enough sleep, in combination with all the germs that my children carry from nursery and back and I have to admit probably not an optimum diet.  So I have ended up putting too much stress on my body, without fueling it with the right nutrients to cope with the stress.

It has been very frustrating to not be able to go back to the gym, but I have made an effort to eat more “super foods” and tried to sit back and rest a bit, to give my immune system time to recover.

My super foods of the month: Sweet Potato and pumpkin.

Made a lovely Pumpkin, Sweet potato and Chili soap yesterday, by The Covent Garden Soup Company. Delicious! I will add the recipe tomorrow.

Nutri People have a great thorough list;


Tomorrow I’m finally going back to the gym. Jay!! Body Pump here I come!