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Recipe of the Week: Broccoli & Apple Soup

Broccoli & Apple Soup

Broccoli & Apple Soup

 

Don’t be put off by the unusual combination – it really is delicious!

Time 25 mins
Serves 4
Calories 107
Fat 4g of which 0.4g is saturated
Suitable for freezing
Suitable for vegetarians

Olive oil 1 tbsp
Red onion 1, peeled and chopped
Dessert apples 2, peeled, cored and chopped
Vegetable stock 750ml (1¼ pints)
Broccoli 1 large head, trimmed and roughly chopped
Low fat natural fromage frais 4 tbsp, optional
Granary bread and Cheddar cheese to serve, optional

1 Heat oil in a large non-stick saucepan, add onion and apples, cover and cook over a low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2 Pour stock into pan and add broccoli. Bring up to boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

3 Turn off the heat, season with black pepper and purée with a hand-held whisk. Serve immediately with a spoonful of fromage frais, and a chunk of bread and Cheddar, if using.

 

 

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Top tips for reducing food waste part 1

Stop wasting food!

I’m dedicating this month’s blog series to the subject of food waste.

Yes it’s hot topic now, but really I think it’s always been important.

My grandparents’ generation had no choice to be careful with food and use up every scrap. First, there was little money and lots of mouths to feed, then rationing and then even after that food was relatively expensive in relation to earnings and to waste it was to waste money.

Environmentally, food waste has catastrophic implications, with the wasted resources to create it in the first place and then the excess of packaging and how it can be disposed of, but more than this, it’s ethically wrong. We should reward all the time and effort that farmers put into creating our food by respecting and cherishing it – and if by minimising waste we also save money then great – more cash for holidays!

Having said all of that, it’s not always as easy as it sounds.

Some foods come in packets that are just too large for us to consume all in one go and others have a really short shelf life.

After much trial, error, debate and thought, here are a few tips that I’ve incorporated into my life and quest to reduce food waste:

  • First, I always plan my food shop: I write a list of meals for the week (usually only six as we have a ‘leftovers’ day) and write down only what we need for those meals.
  • I shop online, this way I’m less likely to be tempted by extras on shelf or special offers encouraging me to buy more than I actually need.
  • We never finish a bag of salad before it goes mushy, so I no longer buy them. Instead, I will buy a head of lettuce and cut off and shred only what I need.
  • Raspberries go mouldy so quickly! Instead of putting them in the fridge where they may be forgotten for a couple of days I dip them in water and put them in a bowl on the dinner table for dessert on the day they’re purchased.
  • On the day of purchase, I sort any cooked or uncooked fish and meat by use-by date and stack them in order. Those that may not be used before this date go in the freezer.
  • I buy only small bread loaves and keep one (plus a few rolls, wraps or bagels) in the cupboard. The remainder goes into the freezer.
  • I use my eyes and nose – I strictly stick to use-by dates on meat and fish, but for anything else I just look at it and smell it. If it looks okay and smells ok then we usually eat it! (Please use your own judgement here and don’t necessarily take my advice, this is just something I’ve done for years but may not be recommended for everyone).
  • Every month I have a look in the freezer and ensure that we use up anything that’s been there for a while before adding more.
  • Leftovers for lunch – many different ‘weird and wonderful’ foods left over from the previous night’s dinner have ended up in my lunchbox – just add salad.
  • Veggie, fruity slaw. Finely chop firm leftover fruit and veg, such as carrots, apples, peaches, grapes, cabbage and mix with mayonnaise – I like to throw in a few chopped nuts and sultanas too.
  • Make soup! Any slightly iffy looking veg can taste wonderful when cooked with stock. Add a little curry paste or chilli for an extra kick, if you like.

I’d love to hear any tips you would like to share. Together we can make a difference……

Broccoli is an often forgotten veg,
but this fab recipe revives it into
something scrumptious.

Broccoli & Apple Soup

Broccoli & Apple SoupThis surprising combination of ingredients, work beautifully together to create a light soup with subtle flavour.

Time 25 mins
Serves 4
Calories 107
Fat 4g of which 0.4g is saturated
Suitable for freezing
Suitable for vegetarians

Olive oil 1 tbsp
Red onion 1, peeled and chopped
Dessert apples 2, peeled, cored and chopped
Vegetable stock 750ml (1¼ pints)
Broccoli 1 large head, trimmed and roughly chopped
Low fat natural fromage frais 4 tbsp, optional
Granary bread and Cheddar cheese to serve, optional

1 Heat oil in a large non-stick saucepan, add onion and apples, cover and cook over a low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2 Pour stock into pan and add broccoli. Bring up to boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

3 Turn off the heat, season with black pepper and purée with a hand-held whisk. Serve immediately with a spoonful of fromage frais, and a chunk of bread and Cheddar, if using.

 

 

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Recipe of the Week: Roast Beetroot & Ginger Soup

Colourful and wonderful, this vibrant soup will cheer your day.

Taken from Cook it Slowly!, our fabulous sell-out cookbook, now back in stock.

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Roast Beetroot & Ginger Soup

 

Roast Beetroot & Ginger Soup

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 78 per portion
Fat 3g (0.5g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Beetroot 4, approx. 680g (1½lb), scrubbed, topped and tailed and cut into thick wedges
  • Red onions 2, peeled and cut into thick wedges
  • Root ginger 25g (1oz), peeled and cut into thick slices
  • Celery 2 sticks, cut into thick chunks
  • Olive oil 2 tbsp
  • Vegetable Stock Pots (or stock cubes) 2
  • Celery salt 1–2 tsp
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Lime or lemon juice 1–2 tbsp
  • Coconut milk yogurt 125g pot
  • Torn celery leaves to garnish (optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/140°fan/Gas 3. Put the beetroot and onion wedges, ginger and celery in a roasting tin. Add the oil and mix well to coat the vegetables. Cover the tin with foil and roast for 3 hours until the vegetables have softened.
  2. Put half the roasted vegetable mixture into a blender or food processor with one of the Stock Pots (or cubes) and 500ml (18fl oz) boiling water. Purée until smooth, then tip into a large saucepan. Put the rest of the vegetables and cooking juices from the roasting tin into the blender or food processor along with the other Stock Pot and 500ml (18fl oz) boiling water and purée. Add to the first batch.
  3. Stir in the celery salt, pepper and lime or lemon juice to taste. If necessary, reheat gently and adjust the consistency and seasoning to taste. Ladle into warmed bowls then swirl coconut milk yogurt into each one and sprinkle with torn celery leaves, if wished.

Cook’s tips

There’s no need to peel the beetroot. Stir halfway through cooking if you are around but it’s not essential. For a really smooth soup, purée the mixture, then push it through a sieve.

 


 

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Slowly-cooked meals are easy, fuss-free and delicious with melt-in-the-mouth textures and intense flavours.

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WIN a Morphy Richards 48280 Fastbake Breadmaker

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While your bread’s baking, why not try this wonderful and vibrant soup?

 

Roast Beetroot & Ginger Soup

 

Roast Beetroot & Ginger Soup

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Calories 78 per portion
Fat 3g (0.5g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Beetroot 4, approx. 680g (1½lb), scrubbed, topped and tailed and cut into thick wedges
  • Red onions 2, peeled and cut into thick wedges
  • Root ginger 25g (1oz), peeled and cut into thick slices
  • Celery 2 sticks, cut into thick chunks
  • Olive oil 2 tbsp
  • Vegetable Stock Pots (or stock cubes) 2
  • Celery salt 1–2 tsp
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Lime or lemon juice 1–2 tbsp
  • Coconut milk yogurt 125g pot
  • Torn celery leaves to garnish (optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/140°fan/Gas 3. Put the beetroot and onion wedges, ginger and celery in a roasting tin. Add the oil and mix well to coat the vegetables. Cover the tin with foil and roast for 3 hours until the vegetables have softened.
  2. Put half the roasted vegetable mixture into a blender or food processor with one of the Stock Pots (or cubes) and 500ml (18fl oz) boiling water. Purée until smooth, then tip into a large saucepan. Put the rest of the vegetables and cooking juices from the roasting tin into the blender or food processor along with the other Stock Pot and 500ml (18fl oz) boiling water and purée. Add to the first batch.
  3. Stir in the celery salt, pepper and lime or lemon juice to taste. If necessary, reheat gently and adjust the consistency and seasoning to taste. Ladle into warmed bowls then swirl coconut milk yogurt into each one and sprinkle with torn celery leaves, if wished.

Cook’s tips

There’s no need to peel the beetroot. Stir halfway through cooking if you are around but it’s not essential. For a really smooth soup, purée the mixture, then push it through a sieve.

 


 

Cook it Slowly! cookbookRecipe taken from Cook it Slowly!

Prepare quickly, cook slowly and savour every mouthful.

Slowly-cooked meals are easy, fuss-free and delicious with melt-in-the-mouth textures and intense flavours.

For more recipe visit the website…

READ MORE

 

 

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#soup

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Recipe of the Week: Cauliflower Cheese Soup

 

Cauliflower Cheese Soup

This comforting soup is perfect for tucking in to after a brisk walk in the spring sunshine (or rain!)

Cauliflower Cheese Soup

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 364 per portion
Fat 24g (11g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Sunflower oil 1 tbsp
  • Onion 1, peeled and chopped
  • Cauliflower 1 head, cut into florets
  • Vegetable stock 450ml (¾ pint)
  • Milk 150ml (¼ pint)
  • Low fat soft cheese 110g (4oz)
  • Cheddar cheese 75g (3oz), grated
  • Dijon mustard 1 tsp
  • Snipped chives to garnish (optional)
  • Walnut or olive bread, warmed to serve (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large pan and cook onion for about 4 minutes until softened.
  2. Add cauliflower, stock and milk to the pan and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes until cauliflower is cooked.
  3. Stir in cheeses and mustard and purée with a stick blender until soup is smooth.
  4. Season to taste and reheat gently until hot. Serve scattered with chives and with warm walnut or olive bread, if you like.

A Dairy Diary recipe

 


 

 

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Win a fabulous compact breadmaker!

Win a Morphy Richards Breadmaker

Win a fantastic Morphy Richards 48280 Fastbake Breadmaker in our prize draw

Bake beautiful bread with less fuss

As its compact you’ll only need a small space in your kitchen for this handy machine.

It bakes heavenly-smelling loaves,
as well as rolls, pizza dough,
cake and even jam!

And with a time-delay function, you can wake up to the aroma of freshly-baked bread in the morning.

Click here to enter

ENTER

 


 

And why not make this comforting soup to serve with your homemade bread?

Perfect.

 

Cauliflower Cheese Soup

Cauliflower Cheese Soup

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Calories 364 per portion
Fat 24g (11g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Sunflower oil 1 tbsp
  • Onion 1, peeled and chopped
  • Cauliflower 1 head, cut into florets
  • Vegetable stock 450ml (¾ pint)
  • Milk 150ml (¼ pint)
  • Low fat soft cheese 110g (4oz)
  • Cheddar cheese 75g (3oz), grated
  • Dijon mustard 1 tsp
  • Snipped chives to garnish (optional)
  • Walnut or olive bread, warmed to serve (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large pan and cook onion for about 4 minutes until softened.
  2. Add cauliflower, stock and milk to the pan and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes until cauliflower is cooked.
  3. Stir in cheeses and mustard and purée with a stick blender until soup is smooth.
  4. Season to taste and reheat gently until hot. Serve scattered with chives and with warm walnut or olive bread, if you like.

A Dairy Diary recipe

 


 

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