APPETISERS Sweet Potato soup

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!

APPETISERS Caldo Verde Soup

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.

APPETISERS Cucumber and Mint Chilled Soup

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.


This is a gentle fish soup with light flavours and a delicate texture. Serve it with Irish Soda Bread or…

BREAKFAST How to cook Halloumi

Halloumi is a cheese which takes on other flavours brilliantly. It can be served at breakfast too, with an egg and a fried tomato.


Simple soups make easy starters and quick lunches. This also makes a quick and easy meal if you serve it with bread and a green salad. It’s what they call a hearty soup!

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