Friday, September 28, 2012

Five a Day

With the weather changing from a non existent summer to almost full blown winter, I am obviously in the mood for soup.  This soup is great because it has so many veggies, (broccoli, potatoes, onions, carrots, celery; basically you get your five a day by eating this.)  Making soups is quite easy and very satisfying, here are some other soups I have posted in the past:

Melt about 2 tablespoons of butter and add chopped onion and carrots (also celery but I didn't have any today)
Peel and chop 2-3 potatoes
After the carrots and onions have become soft add 4-5 cups of broth (I used veggie but you could use chicken) bring to a boil
Grate roughly two cups of cheddar
After the potatoes are tender add 2/3 cup of milk a spoonful of cornstarch and the chopped broccoli.  (Note to self chop broccoli smaller as it doesn't take as long to cook and smaller bites are better anyway.)
After the broccoli is soft add the two cups of cheddar

Finished product
Great tip: collect all your trash/scraps in a bowl as you work and then throw it all away at the end of cooking, keeps your work space neat

Sunday, September 23, 2012

100% Design

Paddington station is lovely as it is above ground, so the platform feels fresh and light

The last time I attended this design exhibition I had to fly over the Atlantic Ocean.  Two years later I only had to hop on the train for an hour or so and then catch the underground.  100% Design while not extremely groundbreaking, helps one to understand what trends have hit the mainstream and have staying power.

The Earls Court exhibition center entrance
Upon entering the show you pass through this lit corridor 
An overhead view of a portion of the show, while not a huge exhibition this makes it easier to navigate and see everything
These wall hangings were made out of a felt material....lots of wool blends and felt seen this year
Stainless steel that has either been lasered or chemically etched, they would not reveal 
Mercedes was a main sponsor of this event
Lamps made of plastic and the gold accent
A beautiful display of wood veneers
This artwork was displayed in the bathroom/kitchen area, maybe milled out of a Corian type material