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Sunday, 1 November 2020

It's November the 11th Month !

Did you know that ..."November is the 11th month of the year and one of four months with a length of 30 days. November was the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar and has retained its name from the Latin novem meaning nine.

Topaz is one of the birthstones for November. Topaz is found in many colours, but it is the orange-yellow topaz that is the traditional birthstone for November. Topaz is a symbol of friendship.

Citrine is also a November birthstone. Citrine is actually a quartz crystal and is yellow to orange in colour. It is often mistaken for the orange-yellow topaz which is the more expensive of the two birthstones.

The flower for the month of November is the chrysanthemum. The word chrysanthemum comes from the Greek words chrys and anthemum. Chrys means golden, the original colour of the chrysanthemum, and anthemum means flower. The symbols of the chrysanthemum are optimism and joy.

Scorpio and Sagittarius are the astrological signs for November. Birthdays from November 1st through the 21st fall under the Scorpio sign. November 22nd through November 30th birthdays fall under the sign of Sagittarius."
Words above with related links and even more November facts can be seen in this article here

November can also be a great month to enjoy a bowl, or cup of soup, and this recipe suggestion could be one you'd like to try! It uses the humble cauliflower, combined with leeks, cream and a Middle Eastern spice mix. It creates a flavoursome, wonderfully creamy soup - and the best part - it takes just 35 minutes...

Cauliflower, Leek & Pistachio Soup

Serves 8 - 10
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 leeks, sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 stalks celery, sliced
1 large cauliflower, roughly chopped
2l (64fl oz.) chicken stock
100ml (3fl oz.) single cream
75g (2½oz) shelled pistachio nuts
25g (¾oz) sesame seeds
1tsp coriander seeds
½ tsp sea salt

1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the leeks, garlic and celery and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the cauliflower, cook for 2 minutes, then pour in the stock. Bring to the boil and simmer, partially covered, for 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
2. Remove the soup from the heat and allow it to cool a little. Add the cream. Purée the soup in batches in a food processor or with a hand-held blender.
3. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Gently reheat and serve hot, sprinkled with dukkah.
4. Dukkah is a Middle Eastern spice mix. Make it by toasting the shelled pistachio nuts, sesame seeds, coriander seeds, and sea salt in a heated frying pan until fragrant. Grind in a small food processor until crumbly. Any leftover dukkah can be sealed in a screw-top jar.

Some may like bread (use a low carb one) dipped into olive oil and then into a dish of dukkah.

The cauliflower and leek soup and the dukkah can both be made up to two days in advance. The soup can also be frozen, if required.
From an original recipe here

You will find a variety of articles and recipe ideas within this blog. Please note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan


Tom said...

...where does the time go?

Sue said...

Ooh lots of interesting information here, and that soup looks delicious! Take care Jan and Eddie and have a very happy and safe November xx

Laurie said...


Anita said...

Beautiful autumm picture!Also like the recipy!Looks good and easy and healthy :))

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Happy November! Gorgeous photo
Leek Soup sounds great, and there's one or two in the fridge waiting for the soup pot.

Martha said...

Thanks for the recipe. Happy November!

R's Rue said...

Thank you.

Ygraine said...

Oh thank you so much for this!
A lot of really interesting information about the month here...and that soup looks so warming and tasty. I'll make some for my lunch tomorrow!😊👍

Well, looks like we're back into lockdown again shortly, doesn't it?🙄
Such a pain...still, if it will save just one life, then it will be worth it.

Have a great day...and stay safe!

Hugs xxx

CJ Kennedy said...

Fun facts.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I always love your first of the month posts that tell us things I didn't realize or have forgotten.

Christine said...

Welcome to November, delicious soup!

JFM said...

Wonderful post.
I have children and grandchildren born in this beautiful month 🍁🌙🍂

Elephant's Child said...

That first photo epitomises the beauty of autumn to me. Thank you - and I hope you enjoy it (and delicious soup).

NatureFootstep said...

lol, and November is the month I was born :)

Sally said...

My daughter was born in this month, so it's special to me. :)

The soup looks and sounds really good. I've never used some of those ingredients but I might have to try sometime.

Happy November!

sandy said...

Interesting post - the only one in my family who was a November baby (scorpio) was my dad - then my brother and I were sagittarius. 5th and 7th. Such interesting facts.

Sally said...

I meant to say, glad you're back!

Mary Kirkland said...

It's Thanksgiving month here n the US.

Giorgio said...

Cauliflower, garlic, olive oil, pistachio, leek, etc. ... I love those ingredients. It sounds a delicious soup.

I'd like to run through the orange, red, and brown fall colors of that beautiful path.

Snowbird said...

I love these monthly posts, filled with so many interesting facts. I love that autumnal picture too, just beautiful. I must give that soup a try, it looks easy to

DMS said...

I love soup and this sounds SO good. Going to save this recipe and try it out this winter. :) ~Jess

Valerie-Jael said...

I love the sound of that soup, yummy, must make myself some. Have a good and safe month! Valerie

DVArtist said...

I make a soup similar to this. It is soooo good. Enjoy your day.

Kay said...

Oh yuuuummmm! This looks so wonderful. You've now made me want to make some soup.

Lisabella Russo said...

What interesting November facts. The soup looks delicious.

John M said...

Interesting, I was born November 29th.

Divers and Sundry said...

A wonderful overview of the month.

happyone said...

Beautiful fall picture. As you can imagine it makes me want to take a walk. :)

Mike@Bit About Britain said...

Did you want to mention July and August?
The soup sounds wonderful - but cauliflower is the Devil's food! xxx

peppylady (Dora) said...

Hope your November Is Full of joy and kindness.
Stay Safe and Coffee is on

Lowcarb team member said...

Mike@Bit About Britain said...
Did you want to mention July and August?
The soup sounds wonderful - but cauliflower is the Devil's food! xxx

Hi Mike
Many thanks for your comment and question.
Hope all is well with you and yours.

I can mention July!
More details here

I can also mention August!
More details here

Yes, the soup is lovely, and cauliflower is a favourite in our house.
But appreciate it may not be everyone's favourite!
The grandchildren love a red pepper and tomato soup.
More details here

Many thanks again for your comment.
Have a happy November.

All the best Jan

My name is Erika. said...

Fascinating read about November. And adding pistachios, now that is clever!

Martha said...

Happy November. Wishing you a wonderful month ahead!

Jeanie said...

Your first of the month posts are alwys one of my favorites!

Rose said...

I would love to taste this...

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Cauliflower soup is a favourite Jan 💙

Teresa said...

Muy interesante esa receta de sopa. Besos.