Roasted Beetroot & Sweet Potato Soup
I'm not sure how best to describe the flavours but here goes... Earthy richness from the beetroot, sweetness from the potato and garlic and just enough spice and chilli to give a kick. Perfect on this rainy thunderstorm filled day in Corfu!
Roasting everything in a hot oven gives an intensity you'd never get from simply sautéing. Simple, delicious, healthy and inexpensive.
1 tbsp of oil, I used coconut oil.
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut in chunks.
3 medium sized ...
Portuguese style Chicken Broth
This simple but full of flavour broth was definitely a favourite of mine when living in the Algarve. Just a few ingredients and time is all you need!
Start making chicken stock. I put the left over chicken and carcass from a roast chicken in my slow cooker, add a chopped onion; a few peppercorns; a couple of bay leaves; the rind from half a lemon and a few sprigs of fresh mint. Cover with water and switch it on. Mine cooked on low for 8 hrs, you could pressure cook it I guess?
Sicilian Style Fish Soup
Ooh, I genuinely hope you enjoy this as much as I did! Inexpensive, simple and so flavoursome.
For the fish stock either make your own as in the Fish Pie from last week or use bought stock. I must admit making my own in the boat leaves a fishy smell for a couple of days...
Finely chop a couple of shallots, 2 celery stalks, some finely chopped fennel, a de seeded chilli and a couple of cloves of grated garlic until softened. Add grated butternut squash and grated carrot (this thickens ...
Spiced Butternut Squash Soup
Anyone else fighting off a bit of a cold/flu virus? My answer is ginger and chilli, at least I can taste it!
Sauté a chopped onion, a couple of cloves of garlic, a good sized knob of grated ginger, some chopped coriander stalks, a de seeded red chilli and chopped butternut squash in a little olive oil and butter until softened. Add a bay leaf or two and some black pepper.
Cover with stock and simmer for roughly 20 minutes or until the squash is really soft. ...
Tomato Consommé with Teeny Tiny Meatballs
The teeny tiny bit? Ok, I always start with the best intentions but gradually my meatballs get bigger as I lose patience...today will be different! Hey, I tried!
You don't have to make consommé, just blend the soup if you prefer. It is very pretty if you do decide to strain through cheesecloth and DON'T through the tomatoes away, use them for a pasta sauce or anything else you like. Haha so really if you follow my plan you've got the basis for another meal, bonus! (My ...
Creamy Roasted Pumpkin Soup
Just a simple delicious bowl of comfort. Roasting the pumpkin first intensifies the flavour, almost nutty if that doesn't sound daft? (Alternatively just peel and chunk pumpkin, it'll take longer to simmer obviously)
Oven set at 180 degrees, chunk the pumpkin up and remove the seeds. Try not to scrape away the lovely strands, they're packed with flavour! Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, add a few cloves of garlic, some bay leaves and drizzle generously ...
Tomato & Basil Soup
I truly love soups so welcome the onset of slightly colder days to enjoy them to the fullest. What can be better than a steaming bowl of goodness for a delicious and healthy lunch?
This one is simplicity itself!
Sweat down a diced red onion with a couple of cloves of garlic in a little olive oil, be patient as you want the flavour to be sweet. Add some very ripe freshly chopped tomatoes and simmer down until slightly pulpy. Secret ingredient here, a good knob of butter ...