When you roast a ham or gammon on the bone for Christmas or at any time of year, keep the bone and make soup. It makes a broth that is light after a heavy Christmas diet, it’s delicious and so good for you. You won’t need salt as the ham bone will be salty enough.
When you have a punnet of cherry tomatoes you’re rich! We cut some of them in half, keep a few…
Ripe juicy plums are halved and fried in olive oil until golden, sprinkled with crumbled feta cheese and garnished with maple syrup and fresh mint leaves. Serve as a starter or instead of a cheese course. It takes 4 minutes to make! Peaches or apricots work just as well.
Mushrooms have so much flavour and are such good value – you can make a fine soup for four people from one punnet. Use parsley or basil or even coriander instead of thyme, skip the carrot if you don’t have one (though it adds sweetness) and fry a clove of garlic with or even instead of the onion.
Usually when we make vegetable soups, we use stock as a base because it adds flavour but with this recipe you can just use water. There is no need to fry the vegetables first so it is the easiest soup to make. It is a rich sunshiny vibrant orange soup and is an ideal soup to make anytime of the year, warming in Winter, cheery in Summer!
This potato and kale soup is one of the dishes we associate most with Portugal. Substitute spring greens or any dark variety of cabbage for kale.
Easy healthy food at its best: a simple healthy filling soup, perfect to keep you going through the day.
There is something very posh about cold soups especially if they are made with cucumber – it’s overlooked as a vegetable and because it costs so little it ends up looking a bit tired in salads as if it is not worth doing more with it. This soup is deceptively simple – serve it with a dry chilled white like a Muscadet or with a cold craft lager.