Cheesy butternut squash soup

first_imgLinkedin Email Advertisement Facebook GREAT in winter, but I really think that this is a super dish to have in Spring as the warmth of the flavours and aromas bring a fabulous taste and this is further enhanced by adding the rind from the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese as it cooks. Simply fry the onion, add the butternut squash, stock and Parmigiano-Reggiano rind and cook gently for 20 minutes. Remove the rind and blend the soup until smooth. Then, grill slices of French bread topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and after ladling the soup into warmed bowls, top each one with a piece of French toast. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up WHAT YOU NEED150g Parmigiano-Reggiano, with rind25g butter1 large onion, finely chopped1 medium butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and chopped into chunks900ml hot vegetable stock 150ml milksalt and freshly ground black pepper, to season4-6 slices French breadfresh parsley or thyme, chopped to garnishWHAT TO DOKeep the rind from the Parmigiano-Reggiano, cut into chunks, then finely grate the cheese.Melt butter in a large saucepan, gently fry onion for about three minutes, until softened, but not browned. Add butternut squash, vegetable stock and Parmigiano-Reggiano rind. Heat until mixture is just simmering, then turn heat to low and cook gently for about 20 minutes, partially covered, until vegetables are soft and tender.Remove rind from saucepan, transfer soup to blender or food processor and add most of the grated cheese, reserving about 25g for garnishing. Blend soup for 15-20 seconds, until completely smooth. Return it to saucepan and add milk. Stir thoroughly and reheat until piping hot. Taste and adjust seasoning.Meanwhile, toast slices of French bread, sprinkle remaining Parmigiano-Reggiano on top and grill until melted. Ladle soup into warmed bowls, then top each portion with one piece of French toast. Sprinkle with fresh parsley or thyme and a little extra ground black pepper, then serve.You’ll need roughly 500g of butternut squash when peeled and deseeded. If you have any left over, simply roast it until tender to serve as a vegetable with another meal. To store the soup, cool it quickly, then refrigerate for up to three days, or freeze for up to three months. WhatsAppcenter_img NewsCheesy butternut squash soupBy admin – March 24, 2011 641 Twitter Print Previous articleDK’s bibles – new cook booksNext articleThe Lincoln Lawyer – film review adminlast_img read more

Connells buys one of the first independent agencies to try traditional and online side by side

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Connells buys one of the first independent agencies to try traditional and online side by side previous nextAgencies & PeopleConnells buys one of the first independent agencies to try traditional and online side by sideThe three branches of Cambridge agency Optima have already been re-branded and the company’s website has been taken down.Nigel Lewis13th September 201901,069 Views Connells has bought three-branch independent sales and lettings agency Optima Property for an undisclosed sum and is to rebrand its branches but retain all the staff.The Cambridgeshire estate agency operated offices in the fenland towns of Chatteris, March and Wisbech and claimed to be one of the first estate agents in the region to offer both a high street and online/hybrid service side by side.“The online market for selling properties is growing daily and we want to be able to offer sellers exactly what they want so we have designed an online only package to sit alongside out standard and more traditional service,” the company’s site said until being taken down a few days ago.Its online service charged a £650 flat fee that included everything other than viewings (£50), negotiation and sales progression (£100) and a Rightmove Premium Listing (£156).This aspect to the agency’s offer has been dropped following the sale and the March and Wisbech branches have already joined the William H Brown brand while the Chatteris office is trading under the Sharman Quinney brand.“We are pleased to have acquired Optima Property which allows us to extend our presence in this market and demonstrates our continued commitment to expanding our business,” says Connells Group Estate Agency Chief Executive David Plumtree (left).“We look forward to welcoming our new colleagues into the Group.”All the existing staff at Optima are to be retained.connells David Plumtree William H Brown September 13, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Oxford dispel interview myths

first_imgOxford University has released sample interview questions to cast light onto the applications process in an effort to broaden access.The list, compiled by the office of Admissions, is gathered from interviewers across all colleges and disciplines. Questions range from “If you were to save either rainforests or coral reefs, which would you save?” in Biological sciences to “Why it might be useful for an English student to read the ‘Twilight’ series?” in English.Mike Nicholson, Director of Undergraduate Admissions justified the list, “We are keen to show the reality of an admissions interview at Oxford. Many myths persist about Oxford interviews, but these questions show there are no trick questions, no special knowledge is required, and there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers.”Helen Swift, a Modern Languages interviewer at St Hilda’s said that she would ask a question, “What is laguage?”. She explained, “Although I would never launch this question at a candidate on its own, it might grow out of a discussion. Students sometimes say they like studying Spanish, for example, because they ‘love the language’. In order to get a student thinking critically and analytically, the question would get them to consider what constitutes the language they enjoy – is it defined by particular features or by function (what it does)? How does form relate to meaning? And so on.”Ben Ellis, a second year historian at St John’s commented, “I was asked questions like, ‘What is the value of popular history, like Andrew Marr’s books? Do you think that British history is more important than European history? Why should it be taught?’ I think they were fair: the questions were about things that we should have had an opinion on.”Zoe Hallam, a second year PPEist, does not believe releasing interview questions is sufficient to counter the Oxford myths, “Publishing interview questions doesn’t stop people not liking Oxford as it doesn’t tell you about life at Oxford. There are a lot more aspects to being at university here.”A recent spate of television programmes featuring the classic Oxford stereotypes have caused concern within the University over the effects this will have on broadening access.In spite of efforts to broaden Oxford’s appeal, the University’s attempts to project a modern and inclusive image have been hampered by a batch of recent television programmes feeding off Oxbridge myths. ITV2’s new drama, Trinity, is set at the fictional Bridgeford University, where the characters and situations in the programme are based around traditional stereotypes about Oxbridge. Channel 4’s “When Boris Met Dave” examines the lives of David Cameron and Boris Johnson when they were at Oxford together in the 1980s, focussing on their time in the Bullingdon Club.A spokesperson from the University commented, “The high profile given to the Bullingdon club in the national press is a concern to the University, since it disproportionately focuses on the activities of a very tiny number of students, who are in no way representative of the overwhelming majority. The collegiate University spends £2.8m a year on outreach activities, many of which aim to break down stereotypes and misconceptions about Oxford, and many of which involve current students, who are the best representatives of Oxford’s diversity.”last_img read more

Truck driver narrowly escapes fatal accident

first_img 32 Views   no discussions LocalNews Truck driver narrowly escapes fatal accident by: – May 25, 2012 The remains of the truck after rolling over the cliff. Photo credit: Robert TongeOne truck driver is counting his lucky stars having escaped what could have been a fatal accident.Randel Christopher while driving a trailer truck on Thursday morning, experienced complications and jumped off in an effort to save his life before the truck rolled over a cliff.According to police spokesman inspector John Carbon, Christopher was driving north just entering the village of Mahaut in the vicinity of the first bus stop.“He was driving a trailer truck registration number TB 957 which was not attached to a container at time when he experienced some difficulty with his brakes, he jumped out and the truck rolled over”.Christopher was at the time travelling alone and did not sustain any injuries as a result however the truck was extensively damaged.He reported the incident to the Mahaut Police Station.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Klopp: Sterling abusers must be punished but racists don’t deserve to be discussed

first_imgHe was strong enough to walk away from the incident without reacting, but the issue of racism in sport and across British society has risen to the fore once more.Klopp is pleased to see offenders being singled out and punished and has hailed Sterling’s handling of a situation that has thrust him back under a media spotlight.The German coach told reporters: “I watched the game and I think I saw the situation where he went for the corner and a few guys where shouting.“I didn’t hear, I don’t know if it was possible to, but I thought his reaction was just brilliant. You saw his face. He gave the right response not to react to these people.“They don’t deserve any reaction, they don’t deserve any respect. I am obviously not surprised that these things still happen and they will not stop only because we talk about them, but I like the fact that we put the finger on it and say ‘you cannot say what you want’.“We had similar situations in Germany and other countries, Italy with [Kevin Prince] Boateng when he stopped the game because of the things people shouted from the stands.“There need to be punishments for things like this. As long as people are silly enough to do this, they need to be punished for it, that’s how it is.“What I like is, I am sure 95 per cent of people are not like this so we should try to find the right amount of attention for them. Punish them but do not talk too much about them because they do not deserve that we talk about them.”Sterling has received widespread support on the back of the abuse he received in west London, both for his reaction at the time and for his willingness to raise awareness of the issues he has to put up with. He posted on social media in the aftermath of the incident, while referencing the coverage City team-mates Tosin Adarabioyo and Phil Foden have received for recent property purchases – with the former having it pointed out that he has “never started a Premier League match” while latter is described as having “set up a future” when buying a house for his mother.“You have two young players starting out their careers – both play for the same team, both have done the right thing, which is buy a new house for their mothers who have put in a lot of time and love into helping them get where they are. Jurgen Klopp has offered his support to the cause of former Liverpool star Raheem Sterling, with the Manchester City winger having been subjected to alleged racist abuse during a clash with Chelsea.The England international found himself targeted by a group of Blues supporters during a Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Getty/Goal composite “But look at how the newspapers get their message across for the young black player and then for the young white player.“I think this is unacceptable, both innocent, have not done a thing wrong but just by the way it has been worded, this young black kid is looked at in a bad light, which helps fuel racism and aggressive behaviour.”Leading figures from across the sporting world, both inside the Kick It Out campaign and from further afield, have aired their support for Sterling and condemned those who continue to make racism a subject of social debate in the 21st century.last_img read more