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Soup, Glorious Soup!

1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 25 January 2013

Vanessa asked about good neighbours and tasted the results of the first Lovely Listeners Lovely Lunch Club - Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash soup, suggested by Rachel in Nettleston and Sandra in Dundee. Plus Gary Frost was the latest entry to the Jolly Good Fellows Hall Of Fame.

Music Played

16 items
  • Image for Eurythmics

    Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves

    Duets - 36 Of The World's Greatest Ev, Telstar

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie Where Are We Now?

    (CD Single), ISO Records

  • Image for Barry Crocker


    The Best Of BBC-TV's Themes, BBC Records

  • Image for Sandie Shaw

    Sandie Shaw Always Something There To Remind Me

    Sandie Shaw - The Collection, Castle

  • Image for Mick Hucknall

    Mick Hucknall I'd Rather Go Blind

    (CD Single), SimplyRed.com

  • Image for Deep Blue Something

    Deep Blue Something Breakfast At Tiffany's

    This Year's Love (Various Artists) C, Global Television

  • Image for Gabrielle Aplin

    Gabrielle Aplin Please Don't Say You Love Me

    (CD Single), Parlophone

  • Image for Bon Jovi

    Bon Jovi What About Us? (Live)

  • Pause For Thought

    • Image for The Shangri-Las

      The Shangri-Las Leader Of The Pack

      Leader Of The Pack-Sound Of The 60's, Old Gold

  • Image for Deacon Blue

    Deacon Blue That's What We Can Do

    (CD Single), Edsel Records

  • Image for Elvis Costello

    Elvis Costello and Elvis Costello & The Attractions I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down

    Fantastic 80's Disc 2 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Image for Emeli Sandé

    Emeli Sandé Clown

    (CD Single), Virgin, 5

  • Roaring Reggae Friday

    • Image for Luciano

      Luciano Knockin' On Heaven's Door

  • Gary Frost's birthday number 1

  • Image for Madness

    Madness Never Knew Your Name

    (CD Single), Cooking Vinyl, 2

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones I Wanna Be Your Man

    Rolling Stones - Singles Collection, Abkco

  • Pause For Thought from Reverend Val Ogden, Ecumenical Minister at the Dorking Christian Centre

    Pause For Thought from Reverend Val Ogden, Ecumenical Minister at the Dorking Christian Centre

    Hooray! Just as we’re finishing off a week of Pause for Thoughts on leadership – up pops arguably the greatest Christian leader of all time. Saint Paul no less; and this very day, 25th January, is when the Christian Church remembers his Hollywood style, blockbuster conversion. He didn’t start out as role model of Christian leadership; quite the opposite. Saul, as he was called then, loathed the followers of Jesus and made their lives a complete misery, even breathing threats and murder against them, so the Bible says. And then one day, when he was on the road to Damascus hoping to make a few arrests, the story goes that he was blinded by a heavenly light and Jesus actually appeared to him. And, while he was cowering on the ground and shielding his eyes presumably, Jesus spoke. ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’ It was a heart-rending question. Saul couldn’t answer quite frankly and neither could he see anything for the next three days, until one of the local Christians called Ananias was given holy orders to go and lay hands on Saul, so his sight could be restored.

    I think it’s safe to say that Ananias thought this was a very dodgy move and said so. ‘Lord, I’ve heard from many about this man and how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem.’ But the reply came back, ‘Go, for he is an instrument I have chosen.’ Imagine. Persecutor Saul converted into passionate Saint Paul, who then committed his whole life to spreading Jesus’s good news of love and hope and reconciliation, advising and correcting the first churches when they were getting themselves in a tizz, and eventually being persecuted and imprisoned himself as a result of his faith and conviction. A life turned completely around if ever there was one.

    So, no bad thing to remember St Paul on this 25th January, the feast day of his conversion I reckon? And no bad thing if we stay open to the possibility that, even now, God may well come up with some interesting choices and illuminating ways of creating stunning leaders out of the most unlikely material.

  • Lovely Listeners Lovely Lunch Club

    Lovely Listeners Lovely Lunch Club


    As suggested by Sandra in Dundee and Rachel Eyre in Nettleton and prepared by Producer Phil for Friday's show!

    1 onion, roughly chopped

    1 butternut squash, unpeeled, halved, seeds scraped out, sliced into 2.5cm/1in x 2.5cm/1in cubes

    500g/1lb 2oz sweet potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 2.5cm/1in thick rings

    60ml/2fl oz olive oil

    1 tsp ground cinnamon

    ½ tsp ground nutmeg

    1.5 litres/2 pints 13fl oz vegetable stock

    125ml/4oz marsala wine

    salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Preparation method

    1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

    2. Place the onion, chopped butternut squash and sweet potato onto a baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Roast in the oven for 45 minutes to an hour, or until tender.

    3. Allow the vegetables to cool slightly, then place half into a food processor and add 500ml/17fl oz of the vegetable stock. Blend to a purée and transfer to a large pan. Repeat with the remaining roasted vegetables and 500ml/17fl oz more of the stock - transfer the purée to the pan.

    4. Add the remaining 500ml/17fl oz of vegetable stock to the food processor and stir to catch any remnants of the vegetable purée, then pour into the pan.

    5. Add the marsala wine and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add a little more water if the soup is too thick for your liking.

    6. For the buttermilk cheese sauce, place the blue cheese and buttermilk into a clean food processor and blend to a paste. Transfer the blue cheese sauce to a jug or bowl.

    7. To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and drizzle some of the blue cheese into each bowl. Leave the sauce on the table for your guests to add more if they wish.


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