Vegetable Soup

Vegetable_soup

Prep time:

45 min

Cook time:

55 min

Total time:

1 hour

40 min

(serves 4)

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, cut into 8 pieces 
  • 300g :

    carrots, peeled and chopped 

  • 200g; butternut squash, peeled and chopped 
  • 100g :

    parsnips, peeled and chopped 

  • 1 red chilli, seeded and chopped 
  • 1 tbsp :

    cumin seeds, ground 

  • 1 tbsp :

    coriander seeds 

  • 2 tbsp :

    olive oil 

  • 2 tbsp :

    butter 

  • 1 litre vegetable stock 
  • 1/2 cup cream 
  • fresh corainder, for garnishing

  • For harissa toast :

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  • olive oil, as required 
  • 1 baguette, sliced and toasted 
  • 1 tbsp harissa paste 
  • sea salt and black pepper

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Place onion, carrots, squash, parsnips, chilli, cumin and coriander seeds in a roasting tin, drizzle over olive oil and dot with butter. Season and roast for 40 minutes, or until vegetables are cooked and golden.
2. Add stock to tin and bake for another 15 minutes. Remove from oven, set aside to cool, then blend until smooth. Place mixture in a pan, stir through cream and gently reheat.
3. To make harissa toast, drizzle a little olive oil over each slice of baguette and spread with harissa paste.
4. Garnish soup with coriander and serve with harissa toast.
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Porsche 911 Club Coupe Exclusive Edition

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Porsche has announced a special edition 911 Club Coupe to mark the 60th anniversary of the Porsche club scene.

Representative of the 13 original Porsche drivers who founded the world’s first Porsche Clubs in Germany, only 13 units will be built and they will be available exclusively to Porsche Club members.

However, Porsche will keep one of the 911 Club Coupes for itself. Porsche Club members now total more than 181,000 members worldwide.

The Porsche 911 Club Coupe Exclusive Edition will be painted in Brewster Green and it will come with an Espresso interior, finished with glossy script on the doors.

The Sport Design Package will add a new front fascia and a ducktail spoiler for the rear end and the model will be sitting on 20-inch Sport Techno rims.

The limited edition 911 Club Coupe gets a Carrera S Powerkit that gives the ride an extra 30 HP for a total 430 HP giving the car power to accelerate from 0-100 in 4 seconds.

Porsche will start taking orders for the model on the 16th of June and the model will be priced at 142,831 euros ($175,000).

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HM Revenue And Customs Tax Calculator Smartphone App Goes Live

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The app allows users to work out how much tax they will pay and how it will be spent.

It is downloadable from the Apple Store and Google Play and accessible from the HMRC website.

The release of the app is part of chancellor George Osborne's plan to keep people informed about which areas of state spending their taxes are being used to fund.

From 2014/15 20 million taxpayers will receive personal statements detailing their contributions, with the app giving people the chance to do it themselves.

According to a Treasury poll by TNS Omnibus, 57 per cent of 2,109 adults quizzed in February could not say how much income tax or national insurance contributions they pay every year.

'We think it is right that people know how much tax they pay and what the government spends it on,' David Gauke, exchequer secretary to the Treasury, said.

'At the moment, over half of taxpayers do not know how much income tax and National Insurance they pay in a year. Our new tax calculator will allow them to find out, which is a big step towards a more transparent, 21st century system.'

The web version of the app crashed yesterday however after more than 400,000 people tried to access it in a short time.

Red Double-decker Buses Return To Baghdad

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The presence of red double-decker buses on the streets of Baghdad has been hailed as a sign the Iraqi capital is well on the road to recovery.

Red buses were a common sight on the streets of the capital, Baghdad, but they disappeared when looting, violence and attacks become regular occurrences in the capital.

The majority of the old double-deckers were either stolen or gradually fell into disrepair during the conflict, with around 300 now housed in a north Baghdad scrapyard.

Basil Hashim, an Arabic language teacher taking one of the new routes in central Baghdad, told Reuters that it was 'good to see them back'.

'It makes it feel like Baghdad is like any other capital.'

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The return of the buses has been seen as a sign of an improved situation in the Iraqi capital.

According to Iraq's transport ministry, 60 new double-decker buses will return to the roads of Baghdad on state-run routes.

The capital is still not the way it was before the invasion, with some residents still relying on generators due to an unreliable power service, but the new government has a host of elaborate plans to tackle after the buses return.

A high-speed train and a metro line across the capital have both been suggested, but the plans have been met with scepticism from the Iraqi people.

Fifteen Die As Italy Struck By Second Fatal Earthquake In Nine Days

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The US Geological Survey said the magnitude-5.8 quake, the epicentre of which was 40km north-west of Bologna, struck as people arrived for work, with victims buried under the rubble of collapsed homes and factories.

On May 20, a magnitude-6.0 quake struck 35km north of Bologna, killing seven people and causing damage to centuries-old buildings.

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A cathedral clock tower lies in rubble after the quake.

At a news conference Italian prime minister Mario Monti said the government would do 'all that it must and all that is possible in the briefest period to guarantee the resumption of normal life in this area so special, so important and so productive for Italy'.

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A boy runs near an emergency tent in Medolla, near Modena.

In Parma a planned football friendly between Italy and Luxembourg was called off due to the quake, while schools were evacuated across Emilia Romagna, Florence and Tuscany.

A hospital was also reportedly evacuated in Modena, where trains were delayed while checks were carried out.

New Gadget Could Tell Drivers Where The Nearest Empty Parking Space Is…

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  • Sensor in parking space works out if space is full
  • Drivers use smartphones or sat-navs to find spaces
  • Sensor can also work out if someone has paid – so no more traffic wardens
An inventor has created a gadget that means you will never have to look for a parking space again – and never see another traffic warden.

Brighton inventor Adrian Bone has built a sensor which is placed throughout car parks and constantly sends updates to reveal whether or not a spot is free.

Users simply check their location and drive to where there is an open space – instead of spending hours searching for one.

The sensor – called ‘Parking Patch’ – will also make it possible for parking companies or councils to remotely check if somebody is parking somewhere they shouldn’t, making the job of a traffic warden redundant.

The sensor itself is a dull grey box, but the way it works with smartphones such as iPhone makes it a potentially revolutionary device.

Mr Bone, from Brighton in the UK, is now trying to convince his local council to implement the scheme, which could in theory be used anywhere from New York to Singapore.

He said that wherever it is installed it will ‘revolutionise the parking industry and could mean the end of traffic wardens forever’.

He said: ‘Rather than driving around fruitlessly searching for empty spaces, drivers would be able to check their mobile phones to find where to go. It just makes so much more sense.

‘There have been ideas like this before but now the technology exists to make it a reality.’

Mr Bone’s said that his invention will lead to ‘dynamic parking’ which could also reduce congestion on the roads by encouraging drivers to stay away from busy areas.

The product, developed by his company Deteq Solutions, is currently undergoing testing.

Mr Bone said: ‘Our sensor could even detect whether a person had a permit so the council could send a fine to the vehicle owner rather than paying someone to wander around the streets all day.

Soccer Aid 2012 Injures Stars, Saves Children

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In This Photo (R-L): Mike Myers , Woody Harrelson , James McAvoy

Organiser Robbie Williams’ England team won back the Soccer Aid trophy on Sunday night, with a 3-1 victory over the Rest of the World in a thrilling match that raised £4 million ($6.28 million) for UNICEF.

Football legends and celebrities including Teddy Sheringham, Will Ferrell, Gordan Ramsay, Graham Le Saux and Aston and Marv from JLS battled it out in front of close to 70,000 fans at Old Trafford in Manchester.

England’s celebrity players included Robbie Williams, Mark Owen, Aston Merrygold, Olly Murs and Marvin Humes, while the Rest of the World team fielded Mike Myers, Gerard Butler, Edward Norton, Woody Harrelson and Michael Sheen.

Serge Pizzorno of Kasabian opened the score in the 21st minute with a spectacular right-footed shot, beating former England goalkeeper David Seaman.

England trailed 1-0 at half time, but came back strongly in the second half with two goals in three minutes, from former Chelsea and England star Graham Le Saux and Soccer Aid co-founder Jonathan Wilkes.

Blackpool striker Kevin Philips scored a third goal on 88 minutes to make the victory safe for the home side, though some unconventional goal keeping antics by Jamie Theakston at the other end made for a nail-biting finish.

There was also drama when celebrity chef Gordan Ramsay was stretchered off after a collision with England legend Teddy Sheringham. A leg injury late in the game also put Will Ferrell on the sidelines.

“Soccer Aid 2012 has been the most amazing yet!” said UNICEF UK Executive Director David Bull, who presented the winners’ medals.” There was an incredible atmosphere, it was a great match, and over £4 million was raised to help save children’s lives.”

Robbie Williams recently travelled with Jonathan Wilkes to some of the poorest parts of Mexico City, and recorded a video for UNICEF explaining the importance of the work Soccer Aid helps support.

Williams said: “Meeting children in Mexico City really showed me how dangerous the world can be for a child and how hard it can be for them to even survive. Right now, children are suffering and it shouldn’t be like this.

London 2012 Olympics: Parking Wardens On Night Patrol During The Games

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A hit squad of “night marshals” will be deployed in central London this summer to enforce round-the-clock parking restrictions for the Olympics.

The uniformed wardens will patrol the streets from midnight until 8am for the first time in Soho, the West End and Mayfair during the Games. They will have full powers to issue penalty notices of up to £130 and will get hand-held computers and cameras to crack down on drivers breaching new restrictions.

Westminster council, the authority behind the botched plan to introduce night-time parking charges, is hiring the extra team of 32 to enforce special rules for the Olympics such as VIP-only games lanes, suspended parking bays and restricted turns.

Patrols will operate for 100 days from the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations to the end of the Paralympics and will also supervise the increased number of deliveries to business during the night-time.

Opponents fear the council will use 24-hour controls for an unprecedented penalty charge blitz.

Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, leader of the Labour group, believes motorists could face fines for violations such as parking on double yellow lines, residents parking bays and near zebra crossings that go unpunished during the small hours.

He said: “If we find out the council are using the new night-time wardens as a way of making money we will be down on them like a tonne of bricks. It will further damage Westminster’s already tarnished reputation in the West End.”

Tory-run Westminster was forced to drop proposals to introduce weekend and late-night parking charges — branded a “nightlife tax” — after an outcry from businesses and residents led by the Evening Standard. Council leader Colin Barrow resigned shortly after the plan was dropped earlier this year.

Some 26 marshals, aided by six office staff, will be hired by agency Hays Recruitment Services and funded with a £250,000 grant from the Greater London Authority.

The council said marshals are being drafted in to supervise deliveries to businesses such as hotels, restaurants and supermarkets which will take place in the small hours to free-up daytime road during the Games.

Facebook Launches New Camera App Similar To Instagram

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Facebook has rolled out its new photo sharing smartphone app called Camera, despite being in the process of taking over Instagram.

Camera allows users to take a number of pictures and share them all at once as opposed to uploading them individually.

Like photography app Instagram, it offers users the chance to alter and enhance images with filters and other tweaks.

Facebook has already struck a deal to pay Instagram $1bn (£638m) for the service although the deal is not yet done.

The decision has been met with some confusion by many, given the similarity of the two apps but a research director at Gartner told the BBC it did make sense.

Brian Blau argued it was essential that Facebook manages to 'move its business forward'.

He explained: 'By doing this Facebook allows Instagram to remain intact while adopting some of its features to ensure its core service maintains its lead as the internet's most used photo sharing site.'

Currently, Camera only works on Apple's smartphones and tablets with no date yet set for release on Android or other systems.