It’s that time of year… when a bowl of soup is always welcome. This recipe is a firm favourite in our household. It is one of the easiest soups to make.
1 medium cauliflower – separated into florets 2 cups of stock – vegetable / chicken
1 large onion – coarsely chopped 2 cups of milk
1 large handful of walnut pieces 2 tsps paprika
Put the cauliflower florets, chopped onion and stock into a pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 minutes until soft. Add the milk, paprika, black pepper and walnuts and
simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, blend and serve.
I serve with a sprinkling of black pepper and a dash of tabasco.
Delicious as ‘bread’ or toasted.
Preheat oven to 180 C/ gas mark 5 Prepare a 1 lb loaf tin
8 eggs 1/2 cup coconut oil – melted
1/4 cup chia seeds 1/4 cup linseed
1/4 cup sesame seeds 1/4 cup coconut flour
3 handfuls spinach 1-2 tsp chilli flakes
Blend eggs and coconut oil for 1 minute. Add all other ingredients and blend until thoroughly mixed. Pour in to the loaf tin. Cook for 30-40 minutes – skewer comes out clean. Once cold refrigerate.
No cooking involved.
300 g fresh cranberries 1 large orange grated nutmeg
80 g muscovado sugar 1 tsp mixed spice
Peel and coarsely chop the orange. Put the orange pieces and cranberries in to a food processor and blitz. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly .
This freezes well. Delicious with hot turkey, pork and also with cheeses.
I always make this type of soup using leftovers. When I make a roast dinner or a dish involving roast vegetables I ensure there are some leftover to make soup the next day. Perfect if the roast was chicken as the scraps can be added to the soup and the carcass can be boiled / simmered to make a nutritious stock.
So, to a few leftover roasted vegetables – including potatoes – I add a bag of watercress and pint of stock. I simmer this for 10 minutes, blitz and then add the chicken scraps. Quick. Easy. Delicious.
I think the finest meal is one where you have the opportunity to have a multitude of different flavour combinations – probably why I love a roast dinner with all the extra trimmings.
A barbecue is one such opportunity – a plate can be laden with a multitude of little bits of this and that.
This is one such dish.
1 large white onion – finely chopped Zest and juice of 2 limes
1 large green pepper – finely chopped 600 g of cranberry sauce
Mint – large handful chopped Coriander – large handful chopped
Put all the ingredients in to a large bowl and combine thoroughly.
This salsa is perfect with meat, fish and salads – an all round great accompaniment.
I put the salsa in to the empty cranberry sauce jars. It will last for at least a week in the fridge (if not devoured beforehand!)
300 ml Kefir 200 ml coconut water
Papaya peeled and deseeded large handful of kale
2 tbsp chia seeds
Put all ingredients in to a blender and blitz.
2 ingredients: blackcurrants and ripe bananas
Last years crop of blackcurrants are still in the freezer and my blackcurrant bushes are laden with ripening fruit. So operation empty the freezer is taking place!
This dish is a great way to use up the pitiful looking bananas that look at the bottom of the fruitbowl – turning brown.
Put some frozen blackcurrants in to a blender (needs strong blades) / or food processor.I rinse the blackcurrants to remove any excess ice.
Add 1 or 2 bananas (some people add frozen bananas at this point – I prefer to mix everything and the pop in the freezer for a couple of hours ahead of serving)
Pulse until blackcurrants are broken down – I use the ‘ice setting’ on my blender
Then I switch the settings to ‘desert’ and blend until all the banana is incorporated.
I then spoon it into a plastic container and pop it in the freezer.