Just because you’re taking part in veganuary doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on your favourite Friday night treats. I’m a big fan of jackfruit, it’s so easy and convenient to prepare and is a great base for all sorts of marinades. I […]
Something about the onset of the cold grey weather makes me want to eat cheese. ALL THE TIME! Toasty, golden, melted cheese is my favourite and these scones, warm from the oven, fit the bill perfectly. They have a lovely combination of flavours. The rich […]
Thick, rich and velvety, this is the perfect winter soup! It might sound like an odd combination of flavours but it really works. The sweet, earthy parsnip and the slightly peppery celeriac, the tangy apple and the warming horseradish, it’s all just wonderful together.
Like all blended soups this is really quick and simple to prepare and makes a delicious warming winter supper, perfect with warm buttery bread.
1 tbsp butter
3 shallots or 1 small white onion
250g Bramley apple
1 ltr vegetable stock
few sprigs of fresh thyme
1 tbsp creme fraiche
1 tbsp creamed horseradish
salt and black pepper to taste
milk to thin
Peel and roughly chop all of the vegetables and the apple. Melt the butter in a large saucepan and gently fry all of this over a low heat until it is just starting to take on a little colour. Add the stock and the thyme and increase the heat. Boil the soup until the vegetables are really soft, for about 15 minutes.
Remove the thyme stalks and transfer the soup to a blender and blend until it is smooth and velvety. Stir in the creme fraiche and horseradish and season to taste with salt and pepper before thinning the soup to whatever consistency you prefer with a little milk.
These are a lovely savoury twist on a sweet tea-time classic. You don’t have to limit them to afternoon indulgence though – these have proved very popular for breakfast and brunch topped with fried or poached eggs. You can use any hard, medium-fat cheese you […]
I eat gallons of soup during the winter months. Seriously, I get through vats of the stuff. It’s so quick and easy, especially creamy blended soups, you can have yourself a warming veg packed meal ready within 30 minutes or so from start to finish. I like to make quite generous quantities so that I can either have leftovers for lunch or stash some in the freezer for another day.
This recipe is packed with flavour with a bit of sweetness from the vegetables balanced with the savoury umami of the miso. It’s wonderfully rich and thick too, perfect served with a hunk of fresh bread.
makes a vat!
a little oil
1 white onion
1 medium carrot
800g sweet potatoes
1 fat garlic clove
1 litre vegetable stock
2 tbsp shiro (white) miso
black pepper to taste
sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds to garnish
Peel the onion, garlic and sweet potatoes (don’t bother with the carrot – life’s too short) and roughly chop everything so that it’s all a similar size. Heat a dash of oil in a large saucepan and toss in the vegetables. Gently fry them until the onions start to caramelise a little. Add the miso and the stock and then bring the pan to the boil. Reduce the heat and let the soup gently bubble away until the carrots and sweet potatoes are tender.
Leave things to cool down a bit and then transfer the soup to a liquidiser and blend until everything is silky smooth. Return the soup to the pan and season to taste with black pepper. Re-heat a little if you need to and serve topped with a drizzle of sesame oil and sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds.
My mum had a special birthday on New Years Eve. I’m not going to tell you how old she was but it was the kind of birthday that you make a fuss over. Having a a birthday on New Year’s Eve isn’t as great as it might sound, yes you’re never short of a party to go to but none of those parties are just for you and if you want a party of your own then everybody’s already got other plans! This year we decided to get together and cook a fancy three course dinner for her and we kicked things off with this delicious, luxurious pate and some fresh bread, baked by my brother.
10g dried porcini mushrooms, soaked in 70ml of hot water
150g chestnut mushrooms
100g peeled, cooked chestnuts
3 tbsp whipping cream
few sprigs of thyme
salt and pepper to taste
a few shavings of black truffle (optional and only if you’re feeling extravagant!)
Start by soaking the porcini mushrooms in the hot water and set them aside.
Finely dice the onion and gently fry it in the butter. You want it to be soft but not too coloured. Wipe the chestnut mushrooms with a piece of damp kitchen roll and then roughly chop them. Add them to the frying pan and gently cook them. Roughly chop the chestnuts and fry them for a few moments too. Pour in the porcini mushrooms, together with the soaking liquid but be careful to avoid any grit that may have collected at the bottom. Pour over the brandy and add the leaves from the thyme. Increase the heat a little and let the mixture bubble for a few minutes until the liquid has reduced.
Transfer the mixture to the bowl of a food processor and blitz it together. Pour in the cream, season to taste and whizz it up again until you are happy with the texture, you can make it as smooth or course as you like. Divide the mixture between 6 ramekins and then pop them in the fridge to chill and firm up a little until you are ready to serve them with some delicious warm bread.