Roasted Garlic and Tomato Soup

Soup season is upon us! I wanted to make a brand new soup for my first soup of the season, and I’ve hit the jackpot. This may well be the BEST soup I’ve ever made. I’ve made roasted tomato soup a few times, and it’s NEVER been this good. It’s rich, smooth, and full of fresh flavour. Best of all, it’s very healthy! Don’t be … Continue reading Roasted Garlic and Tomato Soup

Vanilla Poached Plums

These are a delightful, easy, seasonal treat perfect for those cold winter days. I love these with cream, custard, ice cream and even as a real treat on my porridge in the morning. The benefit of this recipe is that you dont have to wait for the fruit to ripen – it works equally well with plums that are still relatively firm. Ingredients: Around 8 … Continue reading Vanilla Poached Plums

Big Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

My variation of classic gingerbread is nice and chewy and not too strong. Delish with a cuppa. Makes 12-20 depending on size You will need: 3/4 cup Trex vegetable shortening (looks like this, available in the butter/lard/marg section of your local large supermarket!) 1 cup white sugar 1 eggs 1/4 cup golden syrup 2 tsps baking soda pinch of salt 3 tsps ground ginger 3 … Continue reading Big Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

Chestnut, Mushroom & Red Onion Pie

You just can’t beat a pie on cold winter’s evening.  This one is particularly seasonal, with chestnuts and mushrooms making up the filling.  It’s also quite hearty and I guarantee it will appeal to veggies and carnivores alike (the Committed Carnivore said he’d like to eat it every day!). I recommend using ready-made puff pastry – apparently even chefs don’t bother making their own at … Continue reading Chestnut, Mushroom & Red Onion Pie

Roast Pork with a Coffee Bean & Bay Leaf Crust

It’s that time of the year when recipes for cauliflower cheese and leek and potato soups start springing up in food blogs. Yes, we need soul-warming, hearty meals when we leave the office and it’s dark and wet. While I’m all for cheesy goodness and healthy soups, I can’t add anything new to what has already been said. So here’s an alternative, slightly avant-garde  winter … Continue reading Roast Pork with a Coffee Bean & Bay Leaf Crust

Beef Belly Warmer

Winter is well and truly setting in now. This means hats, coats, gloves and scarves, but it also means needing three hot meals a day to keep your tummy warm. This is one such meal. Warming, rich and tasty, it’ll keep you nice and toasty through outdoor carol services, ice-skating and romantic walks through the snow. 2 shallots 2 crushed garlic cloves 100g thickly sliced … Continue reading Beef Belly Warmer

Curried Parsnip Soup

Curried Parsnip Soup

If you’re like me, this recipe will brighten up any cloudy day. With the cold weather fast approaching there is nothing more I love than sitting down with a nice comforting bowl of tasty soup on a wintry day. This recipe is a suprising combination of flavours for many but works absolutely magnificently. Up until a few years ago I couldn’t even look at a parsnip without gagging … Continue reading Curried Parsnip Soup