Pumpkin, Coconut and Noodle Soup

After a cold and windy morning watching my son’s local football team going out of the cup after a hard fought fight what could be better than a satisfying bowl of spicey noodle soup. This should feed about 4-6 depending on how much running around you’ve been doing. 2 tablespoons coconut or sunflower oil Approx…

Chick Pea, Tomato and Bread Soup

From Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty. This reminds me of a vegetable stew and paprika dumpling recipe I used to make as a student – in the days when vegetarian food hadn’t really been invented! – only this is simpler as the bread acts like a dumpling wihtout having to do any of the work. Serves 4-6…

Sweet Potato and Three Bean Stew

This year I decided to break with the norm on our allotments and not grow runner beans. Instead I’ve been growing borlottis, and two types of french – one purple and one green. This recipe uses all three though you could substitute runners or any tinned varieties. A cross between a soup and a stew…

Celeriac Soup with Red Pepper Salsa

As the cold weather continues, the population continues to panic buy at the shops. Having found the local supermarket shelves empty of fresh vegetables I rummages around the bottom of the fridge and found an old celeriac. Must have been in there about 3-4 weeks I guess, but was still quite firm so thought I…

Split Pea Soup with Moroccan Spiced Butter

My friend Liz shared this with me a a couple of years ago. I think it’s a Nigel Slater recipe. Absolutely delicious….. but not very easy to make it look appetising in a photo. The soup base can be a little grey, but the addition of the spiced butter transforms the soup For the soup…

Bean & Tomato Soup

I recently visited the Blue Tomato Cafe in Rock and ate the most delicious (and stupidly expensive) tomato and butter bean soup. Here is my attempt at recreating it. couple of tablespoons olive oil 1 onion – chopped 1 clove garlic – chopped 2 sticks celery – finely chopped 1 red pepper – diced 1…

Mr Slater’s Soup

Whilst I am a big fan of Nigel’s food, I don’t own any of his books. A friend at work made this and thoughtfully shared the recipe with me. This has to be one of my all time favourite soups. Roasted red pepper, tomato and chili soup. Perfect for a wet, windy British autumn. Put…

Spiced Cauliflower Soup

Not quite a soup, not quite a curry, but delicious all the same Couple of tablespoons sunflower oil 1 large onion – chopped 1 clove garlic – chopped 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground cumin ½ teaspoon turmeric 600 ml vegetable stock 1 x 400ml can coconut milk 1 cauliflower – cut into florets…

Burger Disaster

OK so I had everything now to make the Strand Cafe Burgers. I wizzed the carrots, celery and onions, then found lots and lots of stringy bits of celery in the mix. Way too much to pick them all out. So onto the compost heap it went. Will start again at the weekend. I think…

Pea, Mint and Lettuce Soup

I must say I could eat this soup forever. Just delicious. Light and fresh. The dried chili makes the back of your mouth tingle ever so slightly at the end of every mouthful. I served this with a home made rye and mixed seed loaf. This would no doubt be even better when the peas…