October Haul and Soup for Maestro

Online shopping has been so convenient for me nowadays that it has been a while since I physically went shopping. I would say today was quite successful after 3.5 hours of looking at cosmetics and clothes. I really needed a winter coat, one that’s not so expensive so that I could wear it everyday without having to worry that omg I’ve destroyed my 1500$$$+++ designer jacket! My hunt ended up between a 99$ coat from H&M (58% wool) and a 228$ coat from Guess (60% wool). Although I loved the faux fur collar on the H&M one, I felt that the material was better quality on the Guess coat, plus I had 200$+ worth of points at The Bay which made it “free” from a certain perspective. The coat is really well-made and very beautiful in person!

My purchases today:

– 2 shirts, 50% off
– 2 sets of Calvin Klein lingerie (my favorite brand for everyday wear), 25% off
– 2 makeup products from Lancôme (Hypnôse Drama mascara and Effacernes – my makeup staples)
– 1 winter coat from Guess, “free” with points in exchange

Grand Total = only 150$ CAD (savings 400$!!!)

^Modeling pix of Guess wool coat
Ref. Boots are Christian Louboutin Bianca Botta 140

 

^My outfit of the day when I went shopping 🙂
Jacket – Jacob
Shirt – American Eagle Outfitters
Jeans – Mango
Boots – Yves Saint Laurent Chelsea Tassle 105
Scarf – Louis Vuitton LE Monogram Rock Shawl
Bag – Louis Vuitton LE Monogram Motard Biker

 

After a long day of shopping, I cam back home to make a water based purée soup! Here’s what you need to make this yummy and nutritious soup for a serving of 8 (or just freeze the rest if you don’t want to share with others haha):
– 1 full-headed brocoli
– 1 large zucchini
– 2 portabella mushrooms
– 1 cup ham (or whatever meat you have lying around, or skip this step if you’re a vegetarian)
– 2 tsp butter/margarine
– 1 Shallot
– 1 medium sized onion
– Salt to taste
– LOTS of white pepper to taste
– Pinch of thyme
– Touch of 10% cream

Step 1: Dice up brocoli, zucchini, and mushrooms. Boil everything for 15-20 mins under medium heat until soft. Dump everything in mixer and blend blend blend! Now dump everything back in to pot and add 5 cups water. (See pic 1 below)

Step 2: Under medium heat, put butter into pan until melted. Chop onion and shallots, now add to pan to simmer for a couple of minutes 5 minutes or until onions turn clear. Now add ham. Simmer everything for another 5 minutes. (See pic 2 below)

Step 3: Add your ham, onion, and shallots from pan into your veggie soup batch in the big pot. Boil everything for another 10-15 minutes under low-medium heat. Add salt and other spices to taste. Serve with touch of cream and enjoy your healthy purée soup! (See pic 3 below)

 

Maestro, my cat, was quite satisfied with the soup as well. He was so full that he went straight on my lap and fell asleep lol!

6 thoughts on “October Haul and Soup for Maestro

  1. Hi there – I’m the spelling police.
    Just wanted to privately give you the heads up on your TPF signature:
    Peak into My Little World of Bags, Shoes, and MORE…

    It should be PEEK, not PEAK

    I’m sure as a doctor, you’d like to present the correct spelling 🙂

  2. haha, thanks! English was never my strong point, it’s so much easier to write on prescription pads and just scribble things. I guess we’re notorious for not being able to spell properly! 😀

  3. Ha! Agreed!
    I’m married to one and have 2 in medical school at the moment.
    I understand 🙂

  4. wow… how can you stand people like us surrounding you 24/7?!?!? I can’t bear the thought of me dating someone else in medicine!!! lol

  5. Interesting, I didn’t know that!

    I just did some research and based on my own medical knowledge, there is much drama over the internet for how so many human foods are toxic to cats and dogs, particularly onions and chocolate, well it appears that the animal must consume a VERY LARGE amount of the food to cause any clinical symptoms (specifically around 5g/kg, so for my cat he needs about 35g of onions, OR a diet rich in onion making up 25-50% of the entire daily diet).

    Not only so, it is mainly the the onion peel that is harmful which most of throw away. Second, another reassuring fact is that upon cooking, the heat causes denaturation and chemical disintegration of the bonds of N-propyl disulphide. Third, the oxidation process causing RBC’s membrane destruction, denaturing of hemoglobin, and ultimately its formation into Heinz bodies is due to a deficiency in the G6PD pathway, Thus even if the cat consumes any onions, it MUST have some sort of inherent defect or underlying illness such as Thalassemia, enzyme deficiencies, membranopathies, thyroid disease, chronic liver disease…etc.

    I am not a hematologist, but as a physician I can tell you that there is a LOT of NONSENSE HYPE over the internet (for a lot of foods, misconceptions for various medical diseases, medications, vaccinations, and most of these people are the “pro natural remedies” group who are so ill-informed). I can equally tell you that fava beans, other broad beans, and so many other foods are well known to cause oxidative damage and release of oxygen free radicals in our human body that MAY induce hemolytic anemia in those who are SUSCEPTIBLE to the illness, again due to an INHERENT defect in their system from lack of G6P dehydrogenase. Lastly, even if you are deficient in the enzyme, certain people do not have the full clinical manifestation due to variable penetrance of the gene, such as in many Asians who are fine in eatting various oxidative foods as opposed to Mediterraneans who suffer the most severe form.

    In short, if you are not genetically prone to it, you will be absolutely fine, and so will my cat. He’s probably healthier than me!!! haha Rest assured, I usually don’t give my cat human food, but the little guy BEGS for everything I eat which is not always the healthiest. So when I do, it’s a very small amount.

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