Walking on Sunshine

Sweet Potato Soup

This soup has a rich, velvety texture.  You can make it veggie (use Quorn bacon and vegetable stock) and it works well as a pasta sauce.  I usually make it in the slow cooker and then whizz it with the stick blender when it’s cooled but you could also take the time to chop the veg finely and make something more like broth.  It cooks fine on the hob, freezes well and reheats in the microwave from chilled.  The last time I made this soup I got 11 portions from this recipe.  I adapted this from a recipe by Gill Holcombe.

Ingredients

2 sweet potatoes
3 carrots
1 onion
(Spare veg?  A stick of celery or a shallot or two would fit nicely.)
3 bacon rashers (or one pack Quorn bacon)
2pts chicken/vegetable stock

Method

Preheat slow cooker on High.  Chop the veg into 1″ pieces and place in slow cooker.  Roughly chop the bacon and add to the slow cooker with the stock.  Cover and reduce the heat to Low.  Allow to cook for most of the day then cool if possible and liquidize.

It’s been a good week for reading although I’m still in Reread Mode.  But I’ve finished the Ludys I wanted to revisit and am now reading my favourite book from last year – Tolstoy and the Purple Chair.

  1. Eric & Leslie Ludy - When Dreams Come True - 2012/008 [Reread]
  2. Leslie Ludy - Sacred Singleness - 2012/009 [Reread]
  3. Leslie Ludy - The Lost Art of True Beauty - 2012/010 [Reread]

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The past week has been a really good one for me.  On a whim, I decided to participate in an online retreat with the nuns of Holy Trinity Monastery.  It was a really positive experience for me although I’ve come back to earth with a bit of a thump over the weekend!  Focussing so much on God made me want to revisit (once again) the books of Eric and Leslie Ludy so although I have four books to share with you today, they’re all rereads and I haven’t updated their reviews beyond sticking ‘Reread February 2012′ on them.  Somehow the things I learned this time around don’t belong in book reviews.  I hope you enjoy revisiting these titles anyway:
  1. Leslie Ludy - Authentic Beauty - 2012/004 [Reread]
  2. Eric & leslie Ludy - When God Writes Your Love Story - 2012/005 [Reread]
  3. Leslie Ludy - Set-Apart Femininity - 2012/006 [Reread]
  4. Eric & leslie Ludy - When God Writes Your Life Story - 2012/007 [Reread]

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I’ve had a fairly good week with two reviews for you:

  1. Tom Wright - Virtue Reborn - 2012/002
  2. Shannon Ethridge - Every Woman’s Battle - 2012/003
I found Virtue Reborn quite a difficult read but the Shannon Ethridge was pure pleasure and I really do wish I’d read it years ago.

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It’s been a while since I updated so I’ve a nice wee list of Christian books for you this week:

Books Read & Reviewed (2011):

  1. Tom Wright - Surprised by Hope - 2011/067
  2. Catherine Campbell - God Knows Your Name - 2011/071
  3. Carl Anderson & Jose Granados - Called to Love - 2011/073

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Finally!  I’m all caught up with writing reviews so I have three Christian (but not Catholic) books for you this week.  I hope you enjoy them :)

Books  Reviewed:

  1. Don Colbert - The Bible Cure for PMS - 2011/060
  2. J John - TEN - 2011/061 [Reread]
  3. Joyce Meyer - Living Beyond Your Feelings - 2011/062
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Well, it’s been a while, hasn’t it?  I’ve been reading and knitting and pottering about but haven’t found time to do much writing.  Fortunately, a friend gave me a gentle prod this week and I finally got caught up on my reviews so I have a long list of them for you today!  I’m very interested in Benedictine spirituality at the moment (are there any Oblates reading?) so there are a fair few books on that topic.  I’ve also continued following the theme of Christian relationships (of the romantic variety).  What I haven’t been reading is fiction although I do have Becoming <a title="Becoming Marie Antoinette" href="Becoming Marie Antoinette"" ” target=”_blank”>Marie Antoinette on the Kindle at the moment …

Books Read & Reviewed:

  1. Joshua Harris - Boy Meets Girl - 2011/046
  2. English Benedictine Congregation - The Oblate Life - 2011/047
  3. Joshua Harris - Not Even a Hint - 2011/048
  4. John McQuiston II - Always We Begin Again - 2011/049
  5. Abbott Christopher Jamison - Finding Sanctuary  - 2011/050
  6. St Benedict - The Rule of St Benedict - 2011/051
  7. Joshua Harris - Dug Down Deep  - 2011/052
  8. Mgr Bruce Harbert - Companion to the Order of Mass - 2011/054
  9. Karen Armstrong - Through the Narrow Gate - 2011/055 [Reread]
  10. Fulton J Sheen - Life of Christ - 2011/DNF
  11. Max Lucado - God’s Story, Your Story - 2011/056
  12. Rowan Williams - Silence and Honey Cakes - 2011/058 (Review available 25th October 2011)
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