Roast carrot & fennel soup

A super easy vegan soup, thats light and refreshing, adapted from Jamie Oliver. Ingredients 1 kg carrots, peeled, trimmed and sliced 2 bulbs of fennel, trimmed and sliced, tops reserved to serve 1 onion, sliced Olive oil 2 cloves of garlic, unpeeled 1.6 litres vegetable stock Method 1. Preheat the oven to 190C/gas 5. Put…

Jamie’s Chunky Squash and Chickpea Soup

Our January adventure in soup continues with this spicy soup from Jamie Oliver. Ingredients 1 butternut squash, peeled and diced, reserving the seeds 1 tablespoon cumin seeds 1 dried red chilli, crumbled olive oil 2 sticks celery, trimmed and finely chopped 3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped a few sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley,…

Quince Brandy Liqueur

This is a follow on from a previous recipe, Nigella’s Quince Brandy. It makes a sweet dessert drink and if you are not partial to drinking brandy, no matter how nice the quick brandy is, this is a great way to re-package and mak a lovely fragrant after-dinner drink. Strain the quince brandy from the…

Carrot and Butter Bean Soup

A really tasty and comforting soup, thats easy to make. Blender is necessary. I adapted this soup from a recipe at Ocado. Ingredients 4 large carrots, peeled and cut 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 large garlic clove, peeled and grated 1 large red onion, peeled and chopped 1 large leek, trimmed and sliced 2…

Frances’ Parsnip Soup

Ingredients 3 Large or 5 small parsnips, 2 cm rounds 1 onion sliced thinly oil 2 bay leaves 3 carrots chopped into 2 cm rounds a stock cube / vegetable bouillon for 1ltr of stock 1tsp ground cumin 1tsp ground coriander Method Chop the veg Heat the oil in a large saucepan Add the onion and…

Bread Matters: Baps

Great recipe for baps from Village Bakery’s Andrew Whitley – found in the Bread Matters book. Ingredients Scant half-ounce/10g fresh yeast 14floz/390ml warm water 1lb 5oz/600g stoneground white flour / wholemeal 1tsp sea salt 1oz/30g Olive oil Method Dissolve the yeast in the water, then mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. Turn out and…

Dorset Cereals Muesli Bars

I have a habit of eating the fruit in muesli bags and needed to find something to do with the leftover muesli other than eating it as muesli! Check out these bars from Dorset Cereals. Very easy to make, i’ve had trouble in the past getting muesli bars to set – no such problem with…