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Winter recipes

Winter recipes...

Winter is such a great time to stay in and create some of those recipes that fill your home with mouth watering smells so I have put together a few ideas for you. Winter Meat Recipes Stews and bredies are must do meals for winter and the lasagna is another of those proper comfort foods that hits the mark every time. These are just a few of my favourites, so be sure to browse around in the Beef recipes, Lamb recipes or...
Hearty Vegetable soup

Hearty Vegetable soup...

Vegetable soup The best part of winter is that we get to eat soup and for me the time to get my fill of vegetables to ward off the colds and flu that so many people suffer with in winter. It is so important to eat loads of vegetables in winter and this soup will go a long way to keeping your immune system on top of things in winter so have a bowl a day to keep the doc at bay! (makes 8 servings) There are loads of ingredients...
French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup...

French onion soup There is something very special about a good French onion soup and what I like best about it is the soaked toasted bread that floats to the top with it’s melted strong cheese and crisp edges on the bread. This is a classic French style soup that is great to have a small portion of before a meal. (makes 6 servings) You need soup bowls that can go in the oven. What you need 2 tablespoons butter 1...
Easy pumpkin soup

Easy pumpkin soup...

Pumpkin soup Pumpkins have been dramatically reduced at Fruit and veg city so I thought I’d try a really good pumpkin soup recipe. It’s really simple, thick and so good for you. You can also use butternut in this recipe but there is a fabulous butternut soup recipe from Nigella. The cooler weather will be closing in on shortly so get your winter soup recipes ready. What you need 1 medium onion chopped 3 tablespoons...
Nigellas butternut and sweet potato soup

Nigellas butternut and sweet potato soup...

Butternut & sweet potato soup After you have spent hours in the kitchen creating the perfect Christmas feast, have drunk too much and really just want to sit back, relax and enjoy your family on boxing day, Nigellas butternut and sweet potato soup is just what you need. Your friends and family all feel the same but of course Christmas is a time to feast so get out the leftovers and make this ultra simple and so tasty...
Chinese chicken and corn soup

Chinese chicken and corn soup...

Chicken corn soup If you have never had chicken and corn soup at a Chinese restaurant or takeout you are really missing something. What I really like about it is hat I can add toppings to it like crisp bacon pieces and chopped spring onions to make it a complete meal. It is great as a starter before one of the quick and easy Chinese recipes. The part I found took a little practice was getting the consistency of the egg...
Cream of mushroom soup

Cream of mushroom soup...

Cream of mushroom soup Cream of mushroom soup from a tin just does not do it for me and this recipe is easy, quick and tastes so good it’s worth printing and keeping in your collection. It’s a thick creamy mushroom soup that will warm up your winters around the table. (4 people) What you need 1 large onion grated 3 heaped tablespoons butter about 50g 500g mushrooms (2/3 chopped and 1/3 sliced) 80ml flour 1...
Roast tomato soup

Roast tomato soup...

When you roast tomatoes, they become soft and sweet and are just delicious in this soup. It’s a bit like a winter version of a Gazpacho and leaves you with a really fresh and satisfied feeling. It’s a great starter in the winter, rustic and chunky. (4 to 6 people) What you need 12 – 14 ripe tomatoes halved 1 whole head garlic 2 medium onions 1 liter water 2 vegetable stock cubes Palm of chopped fresh...
Chicken and vegetable soup

Chicken and vegetable soup...

With the warning of heavy rains and 2 cold fronts approaching Cape Town this weekend I decided to make a pot of this fantastic chicken and vegetable soup that takes 20 minutes tops to make and a large French loaf and a good book prepared for a weekend indoors. (4 large servings) What you need 1 large potato diced 2 large carrots sliced 2 leeks sliced finely 2 celery sticks chopped (leaves included) 1 onion halved and...
Minestrone soup

Minestrone soup...

Minestrone This is a very old real Italian minestrone recipe that is full of flavor and is a meal on it’s own. It serves 4 with some left over for a late night snack. It may sound like a lot of work when you read the ingredients list, but really, it’s just chopping and really well worth it. It’s traditional and a perfect winter soup. In fact you should always have a nice veg soup of some kind in the winter,...
Shrimp chowder

Shrimp chowder...

Shrimp chowder Chowders are rich hearty soups made with seafood like clams, lobster or in this case tinned shrimps. You can also use frozen prawns. It is a fantastic starter or a complete meal served with a salad. (serves 4) What you need 2 onions finely chopped 2 cloves garlic minced 2 potatoes chopped – about 2cm cubes 2 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons flour 1l hot water 2 chicken stock cubes Pinch dried thyme Pinch...
Ribollita

Ribollita...

Ribollita This is a traditional Italian soup that uses bread to bulk it up and is really thick, hearty and wholesome. Don’t experiment too much with this one, it’s really good as it is. It’s not what you would expect so if you are planning to have it as a starter, don’t unless your main is not very big, it’s really filling and a great meal all round. (6 people) What you need 2 onions finely chopped 2...
Creamy Irish chicken soup

Creamy Irish chicken soup...

Irish chicken soup This recipe really surprised me, it is really creamy and the potato adds such a great texture to the soup. What got me to make it was the bacon, chicken and bacon are a marraige made in heaven, add to that some cream and how wrong can you go! It’s really good, try it. (good for 4 servings) What you need 4 or 5 slices bacon chopped 500g chicken breast meat in small chunks 2 large potatoes cubed 2...
Meal in a bowl chicken soup

Meal in a bowl chicken soup...

The nights have been getting a little colder lately and with cold winter nights ahead of us, I thought you might enjoy a a few soup recipes. This one is a meal in a bowl and really simple to make. It’s healthy and has enough substance to fill you up. (enough for 4 people) What you need 3 or 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts (about 400g) 1 tablespoon butter 3 spring onions sliced 1 teaspoon crushed garlic 1 litre...

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