Welcome to the May Newsletter
May is the last month of Spring and we are heading into Summer soon. But what a few great weeks we had in April.
Fun fact: May is named after the Greek Fertility goddess Maia. Over time, and with a little help from the Roman naming of Maius for this month, Maia, became May.
We have in this month an important day, particularly in light of the past year, on 12 May – International Nurses Day. A big thanks to the nurses who have turned up for duty and come out of retirement to help all they can, and enabled us all to get where we are today.
I have been out and about this month meeting residents in Glasgow offering advice and support, and been learning about the areas they have been long-term residents in.
Hope you get outdoors, walk and enjoy the sun as best you can, I think we all need it a little more. I’m going to try and tackle another Munro.
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Where I've Eaten
I had a lovely coffee in Moyra Jane’s Brasserie. The cakes look delicious and the coffee fresh and well prepared. As always, first one to tell me where this gem is located can meet me there for a coffee and a chat. On me of course.
Places I've Visited
Walking around Glasgow Green I wandered past the Green House and onwards till I came to this Memorial Drinking Fountain. It is dedicated to Bailie James Martin and was erected in 1893 beside Langside Halls, then moved to its present location. There is a lot more information here.
Local Business Shout Outs
I have to highlight two amazing Post Offices that I have used extensively during the lockdown. Every time I have been the service has been fantastic and they are doing a sterling job. Cardonald Post Office and Thornliebank Post Office, thanks for caring about your customers.
1 Butternut Squash (Diced)
250g Red Lentils
2 Red Onions (Chopped)
4 Garlic Cloves (Chopped or crushed)
1 Handful of fresh Corriander leaves
1 Chilli (or 1 tsp chilli flakes/powder) (make it as hot as you prefer)
1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
1L Vegetable stock (normally 1-2 cubes with boiling water)
Black Pepper to taste
Salt to taste
Splash of Olive oil
1. Use a large pot and splash your olive oil in the bottom, then fry your sliced red onions in the bottom turning occasionally until they just start to crisp up and almost burn.
2. Add in your garlic and fry for a minute more. Then add in the butternut. Stir and fry for another few minutes allowing the butternut to brown a little on the edges.
3. Now add your Vegetable stock, Red Lentils, fresh Coriander, Chilli (if Using), Smoked Paprika, Black Pepper, and Salt. Stir and leave to come to a boil. Then turn down to a low heat and simmer for 25-30 minutes.
4. Your butternut and lentils should be soft when you go to blend it. Use a stick blender to blend it all into a smooth soup that will have a fantastic smell. Taste a little to make sure your flavours are right and adjust accordingly. Maybe need a little more salt.
(Tip: if you put a little too much chilli, pour a little yoghurt or sour cream into the pot and blend and test again)
5. Serve your soup with a small spoon of yoghurt or sour cream in the middle and a couple of coriander leaves to decorate your creation. Enjoy the look of your dish.
6. All that’s left is to serve with fresh crispy bread.
I would love to hear what you thought of this recipe and tell me how you added or changed it to make it your own.
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