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

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