Kale & Courgette Soup

If green food is good for us, soups don’t come much more nutritious than this gorgeous Kale & Courgette Soup. The kale was an instant buy in the little local Tesco that stocks quite a few organic things. I was actually looking for spinach but settled for kale. The pack of courgettes contained three large […]

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Simple Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Cauliflower is a favourite vegetable of mine and much underrated, I think. We tend to think of ‘good’ vegetables being those with vibrant colours – like carrots, tomatoes and sweet peppers – but despite its bland appearance, cauliflower is full of wonderful nutrients: calcium, magnesium, folic acid, potassium, beta-carotene and Vitamin C (source: The Food […]

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Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

Sometimes days don’t go as planned; but sometimes a ‘spanner in the works’ can bring unexpected joy. The plan was mainly work – a publishing job to finish by the beginning of next week; a work meeting this afternoon. I was at my desk early but always take a break to go and buy a […]

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Roasted Celeriac Soup

I’ve posted other celeriac soup recipes on the blog, in fact very recently one including apple (click here – and for more information on celeriac). I’ve always known I like celeriac but clearly I like it more than I’d previously realised! This one came about through changed plans yesterday that meant a celeriac I’d bought […]

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Celeriac & Apple Soup

It was a chance, last-minute decision to make this gorgeous soup today. I popped into Waitrose to buy a few things, saw a wonderful knobbly celeriac and couldn’t resist buying it. With the cold mornings and evenings we’ve had over the last week or so, and days drawing in, it’s soup time again. I love […]

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Yellow Split Pea & Bacon Soup

I’m still bathing in some of the glow of having spent a weekend in beautiful¬†Amsterdam recently and that was my inspiration for this soup I made for lunch today. It’s become a ritual that when I arrive in the city, usually late morning, I check into my hotel, leave my bag, and head straight to […]

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Carrot & Leek Soup Slow-cooked in an Aga

I drove up to Worcestershire yesterday to stay with my daughter Nicola for a couple of days. As Hurricane Ophelia gasped its last violent breath across Ireland, causing havoc and putting the whole country on Red Alert, the wind picked up during my drive up the M40, M42 and M5 and on into the smaller […]

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Roast Tomato & Thyme Soup

Foodwise, I’ve had a lifelong love affair with tomatoes. Tomatoes all ways: raw sprinkled with sea salt; tomato sauce for pasta or to tuck little meatballs into; slow roasted for antipasti; stuffed Greek style. Is there no end to the wonders of tomatoes. Perhaps my least favourite is tomato juice, even with the addition of […]

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Cream of Parsnip & Carrot Soup

It’s definitely a day for soup. Storm Desmond is howling outside; winds of more than 40mph make the relatively mild December temperature feel bitterly cold. I ventured outside this morning but when I arrived back home, making those carrots and parsnips sitting in my fridge into a warming and comforting soup for lunch seemed too […]

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Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Spices

Sometimes I get a bit carried away when I’m food shopping and forget there’s generally just me to cook for or that I might be going out a few times in the week¬†ahead. So there I was with a beautiful organic cauliflower I bought a few days ago sitting in my fridge and I thought […]

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