All posts filed under: Soup

Indian spiced cauliflower soup

It’s October, and I really hoped it might still feel like summer but with this ever changing weather (mostly rain) I realised it is back to cosy comfort food. With half a cauliflower in my fridge and not much else I was going to have to get inventive. So what can I do with a cauliflower that isn’t steaming it and covering it in white sauce and cheese? (This was my obvious choice!) I stared at the fridge for rather a long time and then realised that I also have a cupboard full of spices and tins like coconut milk so let’s have fun and throw a few items together in the hope it turns out to be a delicious lunch. If it fails, then scrambled eggs on toast it will be! So here we go… the ingredients: (This will do you for 2 lunches) Half a cauliflower 1 lrg garlic clove 1 red onion 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp turmeric 1 tbsp curry powder half tsp chilli flakes 2 tbsp olive oil lrg pinch of …

Gazpacho Soup

Can’t be bothered to cook, but can you be bothered to blend? It was one of those days, I was too hot (rare that we are allowed a warm day) and simply couldn’t face standing over a gas cooker getting even hotter! I wanted something cooling, refreshing but packed a bit of punch so luckily I had a selection of tomatoes in the fridge and a few other staples like garlic, onion, parsley and basil and got chopping! This is a lovely, shove it all in the blender/ food processor and turn-it-on recipe. AND what is even better, is that you don’t need to worry about remembering to warm up your bowls! This soup is best served cold with a couple of ice cubes on a really hot day. Here is my take on a summer gazpacho soup.  I think it is slightly up to you what you put in so use the below as your basic guideline and add anything else you might have lying around. Take all the below ingredients and blend, season …

French Onion Soup

  I always thought French onion soup was rather complicated but having tried it myself, I realise it is terribly easy, just slightly time-consuming and a non stick pan is essential. It feels very French too, full of butter, onions, baguette and cheese. It is a hearty, filling soup with caramelised onions topped with croutons and melted gruyere cheese. This soup I have also tried to freeze. If you freeze in bags and also make the croutons, you can bag them up separately. When you are ready, defrost them and top with the cheese,  and melt in the oven. I know I make a lot of soup- it’s that time of year, and it’s comforting to have something you can hold in a bowl, legs crossed on the sofa. Ingredients: (serves 2) 6 large white onions 1 litre beef stock large knob of butter tsp olive oil (extra for brushing on croutons) tsp caster sugar salt & pepper heaped tsp cornflour 50g gruyere cheese small baguette Finely slice your onions by hand or in a food …

Cooking for an easy life.. Chorizo & bean soupy stew

This is my go-to recipe when I need to feed a bunch of friends something warming, hearty and filling. Also it is easy, almost impossible to get wrong and the flavours taste even better the next day so it’s perfect as a make-ahead dish! My basic ingredients are chorizo sausage, onions, garlic, paprika, cayenne and some type of bean. You can add so many further ingredients to bulk it out as well as any sort of bean (kidney, butter, black bean). Sometimes I add spinach and roasted aubergine to make it more like a stew, other times I leave it as it is and just serve it as a soup with a hunk of chunky bread! This weekend about 8 friends are coming for lunch after a countryside walk.  So I need to make something that I know as soon as I walk back into the house will be ready within minutes. I will buy fresh bread from the bakery before we go and then heat the soup up on our return letting everyone help themselves to …

It’s Soup Weather!

Are you like me, a little bit bored of soup with no texture and in need of something a bit bulkier to make lunch time more of a pleasurable experience rather than just feeding time? I have always shied away from lentils, thought they tasted like chalk and were a little too ethnic for me. But I have been proved wrong recently on more than one occasion when I had a delicious coconut dhal and also a lentil and chorizo soup. Two very different dishes but it made me think what do I have in the house that I can make something delicious and hearty for my lunch during these winter months. I bought tinned puy lentils ages ago but never used them and have some bacon in the fridge so thought actually lets try making a soup out of these two and top it with some fresh parsley. I’m going to use the basics of a good soup: carrots, celery, onion, garlic and chicken stock. These basics can be used for many soups or …