Magpie Motel Pop Up Shop…

There’s a new pop up shop in town (well… in Hilton) and its set to be pretty impressive!! Its the first of the Magpie Motel pop ups and there is a wonderful selection of all kinds of lovely things to buy! Not to mention a great range of handmade by me goodies : )

Its on all day from the 13th to the 16th of March which is next week, please spread the word and pop in if you live close by. The shop will also have one or two cafe tables for you to sit at, order a coffee & have a homemade sarmie (for only R30!). It is also kiddie friendly, with loads of garden space and a small kiddies playground next door. If you are looking for any more info, check out their facebook page.

March 2013 Magpie Motel

MAGPIE MOTEL popup shop was born out of a pure love of anything she deemed beautiful, pretty, stunning, original, and genius. The original Magpie running the shop, is genuinely obsessed with beautiful things. Magpie Motel offers a collection of must haves in your nest, from clothes, to bags, to home decor, to kiddies bit and pieces, to food, you name it! She aims to reveal the brilliance of others, constantly searching and discovering.”

Warm and hearty chickpea and vegetable soup

Firstly a big thank you to everyone who came out to the Flea Market in THAT weather yesterday! It was a great success and all your support was much appreciated!

And since this cold, torrential rain and gale force winds never seem to cease here’s something to help warm you up a bit! I got this recipe from the Marie Claire recipe book, Lunch. Its actually a chickpea and vegetable couscous soup recipe, but I don’t particularly like couscous, plus the soup is already so hearty, so I leave it out of my recipe. I highly recommend the suggested serving of plain yoghurt and shredded mint on top, which is delicious and totally makes it by the way, but I left it out this time as I was making to freeze. This soup is so tasty with all the spices and chilli and is alot heartier than your usual soups. It makes for a perfect chilled dinner with friends and you can add some fresh crusty bread with olive oil if you like.

The recipe: Chickpea and Vegetable Soup
Serves 4-6

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 onions, sliced
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 red chilli, finely chopped
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon mild paprika
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 large potato, cut into bite size pieces
1 large carrot, cut into bite size pieces
1 yellow courgette, cut into bite size pieces
1 green courgette, cut into bite size pieces
2 slender aubergines, cut into bite size pieces
400g tin chopped tomatoes
400g tin drained chickpeas, rinsed
1 litre vegetable stock
2 tablespoons plain yoghurt
1 tablespoon shredded mint

Method:
Heat the oil in a large saucepan and cook the onion, garlic and chilli over medium heat until the onion is soft. Add the spices and cook for 2 minutes, or until fragrant. Add the vegetables and cook for 5 minutes, or until they start to soften.

Stir in the tomatoes, chickpeas and stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 -30 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft.

Remove from the heat and serve topped with the yoghurt and sprinkled with mint.