Turn the temperature up with winter warming soups.

Mulligatawny with Peshwari Naan

Turn the temperature up with this smooth and gorgeous Mulligatawny

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

Eat your hat -Stuffed Portobello mushrooms

Portobello mushrooms stuffed with parsnip puree, topped with golden, garlic and thyme crumbs.

Stuffed mushroom with parsnip puree and garlic bread crumbs

Cup Mushroom stuffed with sweet parsnip puree and topped with crisp garlic and thyme crumbs.


In Northern Italy the Portobello mushroom it is known as  ‘Cappellone’ or ‘big hat’. The large meaty cup shaped mushroom lends itself to being filled with all manner of delicious stuffing’s. They make meals in themselves  and delicious accompaniments to main course meals.  Here I have filled them with a smooth parsnip puree scented with bay ,and topped them with crisp garlic and thyme flavoured breadcrumbs. 

This is a great entertaining recipe as they can be prepared in advance up to the cooking stage, covered and stored in fridge for 24 hours before you need them. This dish is a fabulous vegetarian option and you could make it  vegan by omitting the milk and cooking the parsnips in a light vegetable stock.  Continue reading

Treat yourself and ‘take the ginger’.

Ginger Tea ae with fresh ginger

Keep the cold at bay with a warming cup of fresh ginger.


‘All that’s good is found in Ginger’, according to an old Indian Proverb, and this is especially true  during autumn and winter ‘cold and flue season’. Ginger claims a myriad of healing benefits one of which is its  anti viral  properties.   It is also revered for its  anti inflammatory ‘gingerols, which reputedly help to  sooth stiff and sore joints. Ginger gently warms and calms, yet is at the same time energising.  These two simple hot ginger infusions  are perfect winter warmers. The first, Thai Ginger Tea, is gentle and calming, the second, ‘Ginger Coffee’, is  punchy and invigorating.  Both are easy to prepare, and you can make enough to last the entire day. Continue reading