Celery & Garlic Soup

6-8 sticks celery 4 large cloves garlic or 6 medium cloves chicken stock (or water and half a veggie stock cube) cream – not too much, you can always add more later (or some milk and a lump of butter) white pepper (or black if…

Nettle Soup

Nettle Soup

Nettles Chicken stock or veggie stock cube (or milk if you like) Garlic Olive oil and/or butter Plain flour Shoyu Nutmeg First pick your nettles. Use leather gloves (thin plastic not always good enough) and pick only the top 15cm, so that you get young…

Creamy mushroom soup

Stick of celery 1 onion 4 big cloves garlic or even more Mushrooms – most or all of a punnet Dried porcini mushrooms – not too much, just for extra flavour Butter Milk Salt & pepper This was an invention, but a really good one!…

Carrot & Sweet Potato Soup (spicy or with orange & herbs)

Carrot Sweet potato (roughly the same amount) Onion (again, roughly the same amount or a bit less) Garlic (and fresh ginger if you like, and a little fresh turmeric if you have any) Oil Veg stock cube (1/2 is usually enough) or stock Coriander seed…

Cullen Skink

Smoked haddock – one fillet per person is more than enough for ‘soup as a meal’, use half a fillet each if it is just a starter. The haddock does need to be smoked, but preferably not bright yellow! Potato (combine with celeriac or Jerusalem…

Spicy Sweet Potato Soup with Bits

Sweet potatoes If you like, you can also add some carrot, celeriac, squash or parsnip if you have some which needs finishing. But make sure that you have mostly sweet potato as they make it creamy Onion (chopped into rings or half-rings) Garlic Sunflower oil…

Minestrone

The essentials are tomato, some pulses and pasta – beyond that the choice of vegetables is up to you. It’s a great soup for when you want to use up bits and pieces of veg. It’s easy to end up making a lot – best…

Easy Dal (or Dal Soup)

You can eat this with rice and some vegetables as a main meal or make it soupy instead. 500g dal or yellow split peas 1 tsp salt 1 tablespoon cumin seeds 1 tablespoon coriander seeds Chunk of butter (about 3 tabs) 2 teaspoons turmeric 3…