When its cold outside is there anything more comforting than a big bowl of warming, nourishing soup? Here are two very different vegetable based soups, a chunky Carrot and Chickpea soup that couldn’t be more simple to make and a versatile Mulligatawny. Both are meals in themselves and have the added advantage of being suitable for vegetarians and vegans, as well as being gluten free and adaptable for lactose intolerance. Both soups use herbs and spices with natural health benefits helping to build defences against winter ‘bugs’. Continue reading
34 ° and its too hot to cook – here is a delicious no cook salad for summer heatwaves when turning on the oven is more than you can bear. Serve it very simply with and a fresh green salad and something like a cool fresh mozzarella sliced and scattered with fresh herbs, and drizzled with fragrant olive oil. Or with cold cuts, cold poached salmon, prawns or simple antipasti. This beautiful salad also makes an ideal accompaniment to another of Stirring Stuffs no cook salads – Tarragon chicken mayonnaise with grapes . Continue reading
This caramel flavoured semifreddo with just a hint of salt is guaranteed to impress.
Semifreddo is more a frozen mousse than an ice cream. Made from whisked eggs, cream and sugar the high fat content gives the dessert a warm and velvety finish. It doesn’t have great keeping qualities though so make it and eat it in the same week otherwise it takes on a slightly chewy texture. Semifreddo also melts quite fast so don’t get it out of the freezer to early. I make mine in a bread tin so that I can slice it, but you could also freeze it in a container and serve it scooped like ice-cream.