Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Thursday, 22 May 2014
Saturday, 3 May 2014
Green veg soup:
This healthy soup has become a staple in my weekly cooking. I make a big batch so it lasts a couple of days. Its super good for you and adding sweet potato instead of white potato makes a really nice change!
Ingredients: Red lentils, 1-2 sweet potatoes, 1 large onion, 1 leek, 1 broccoli head + stalk, 4 celery stalks, 2 spring onions, 2 vegetable stock cubes dissolved in boiling water, garlic, salt and pepper.
Roughly chop all the veg, don't worry about being too fine or precise as the soup will be blended at the end!
Use a big saucepan, use oil or low cal spray first, add onion + garlic, turn the hob onto a medium heat and allow the onions to cook for a few minutes.
Add all the rest of the vegetables, the red lentils and stock cubes. Add 1.5 pints of boiling water. Bring to the boil then reduce heat and place lid over the saucepan so the soup will continue to simmer. Simmer 25mins until the sweet potato is mashable.
Take off the heat, allow to cool for a few minutes then use a hand blender to puree the vegetables. Add salt and pepper to taste.
This turns out quite green but don't let that put you off. It's really yummy, filling and makes a great meal or snack!
If you make this be sure to let me know on twitter @bethirishart
Have a great Friday! Beth x
Thursday, 1 May 2014
Last week the Derry Feis was taking place and i was very excited to be a part of it! I had entered 3 categories within solo singing - Musical theatre, Opera, and Anglo Irish.
Here's what i sang for each category:
Danny Casey cup (musical theatre) - 'How could i ever know?' The Secret Garden
Lawrence Hasson cup (opera) - 'Deh Vieni non tardar' Marriage Of Figaro
William Bryson cup (anglo irish) - 'A Blackbird Singing' Michael Head
In the days leading up to the competitions i was extremely nervous as i had managed to get laryngitis and i imagined all my worse nightmares coming true, standing in front of the judges with no voice to sing!
I went into full swing recovery mode and managed to get my voice back and my throat hurting less just in time.
I loved competing, not just for experience and criticism but to admire my fellow singers and their craft. I really enjoyed seeing and listening to the competitors older than me, realizing i too could reach the potential they already have.
I reached a 'highly commended' in each category which i was delighted with! I really look forward to competing again next year, when i intend to compete in more categories as well. For now, it's back to working towards my Grade 8 exam!
Much love, Beth x
Here are some photos of me from the different competitions...