Lentil & dried lime soup (Shorbat Adas)

January 21, 2013
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I’ve been making this aromatic spicy-warm soup to fill the belly since December’s cold snap.  Its particular flavour comes from the slightly fermented aroma the dried limes bestow on the lentils.  Each time I make it I swap one of the spices for another giving me subtle variations on the theme.  It’s based on the […]

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Roast Tomato Soup

May 27, 2012
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This recipe will be filed under For My Kids, recipes for when my girls leave home. Buying the Tomatoes OK my darlings, this is simple and straight forward but it all hangs on the ripeness of the tomatoes, choose the deepest red ones you can find.  This is the perfect time to buy them at […]

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Courgette (Zucchini) Summer Soup

July 6, 2011
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This soup originally came from the first River Café Cookbook, the blue one which I loved when it came out.  I wasn’t keen on their second book, the yellow, it seemed full of recipes for their wood-fired oven and generally less substantial.  I’ve been making this soup for as long as I’ve had my oldest […]

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Caldo Verde – Potato, Cabbage & Sausage Soup

January 21, 2011
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Caldo Verde is now a national Portuguese dish, one which is often served at gatherings and for some reason at barbeques.   A soup well loved by the population for its taste but also because it evokes childhood memories.  It’s a creamy soup with cabbage strands and the light smoke flavour from the sausage.  Originally […]

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Lentil, Shiitake and Chestnut Soup

October 30, 2010
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I’ve been thinking about this soup combination since last winter but failed to try it until now.  It’s the sort of soup you can make a meal out of, perfect to warm your belly after a good long walk on a cold sunny day like today.  The first time I made it last week it […]

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Coconut & Cardamon Soup

January 16, 2010
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This soup came about with the madness of the snow and siege mentally in the shops, people buying everything in sight, at one point I couldn’t get hold of any eggs.  I hadn’t been out for while was running out of everything and these were all the vegetables I had left, sweet potato and leeks, […]

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Miso Noodles – Easy Way To Eat Japanese

January 15, 2010
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It seems the snow is finally thawing and you can feel a sigh of relief from people as I do my weekly shop.  Here I am, halfway through the month, supposedly the worst and most depressing month in our calendar. Lack of sunlight and by now we’re fed up with the cold, feeling poorer having […]

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Two Granddads And A Baby – Spinach and Pea Soup

January 10, 2010
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Yesterday Bikerboy and I went to see Gordon Giltrap and Virginia Lu at the Southbank Centre, it was part of his Christmas present along with his new classic Spanish guitar, he’s now into his classic guitar ever since receiving guitar lessons as a present last Christmas. For the years we’ve been together he’s been the […]

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Butternut Squash and Coriander Spice Soup

December 16, 2009
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I first started to make this soup a few weeks ago when the weather turned and our deep winter set in. I find coriander spice compliments the butternut squash really well, it has this citrusy fragrance and I think of it as a warming mellow spice that marries well with the sweetness of the squash. […]

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