Beetroot soup

I love beetroots,especially roasted or in soup. In fact roast beetroot soup is just brilliant,super tasty and very easy to make. I just had some for lunch so I thought I’d share my recipe.

What you need (makes enough for 6 as a light lunch):

1kg of uncooked beetroots

2 large floury potatoes

2 medium onions (chopped)

1 litre of stock (I used the simmering liquid from a gammon a cooked the day before)

rapeseed or sunflower oil

What you do:

1. Wear rubber gloves or you’ll end up with beetroot stained hands!

2. Top,tail and peel [...]

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Mutton dressed as lamb,why not go the whole hogget

Waiting to be butterflied

It’s late spring (well it was when I wrote and it was published,we’ve now just edged into summer) and a time many of us associate with lamb,in fact,it’s common to think of lamb as a traditional dish for Easter. A moment to pause and think about this should make us wonder why? Easter can be as early as 22 March and as late as 25 April;and we mostly all know that spring is when lambs are born so how are these lambs old enough to be ready to eat by Easter? Well they aren’t. The lamb [...]

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On blogging,writing,twittering…

Even after a year on Twitter I still find the connections you make amazing and surreal at the same time. I guess its true of any kind of networking that if you put effort in and talk to people then you’ll have some great opportunities present themselves. I’ve meet a whole lot of fascinating people,some I’ve only talked to on Twitter so far but plenty I’ve met in the ‘real’world as well. So I’ll be carrying on tweeting (and other online networking) and hoping to meet more.

One opportunity that came up recently was the chance to write [...]

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Prosecco prosecco prosecco

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Matching food to wine or wine to food? Well normally I decide what I want to eat and then I think about what wine might go with it. I’m no expert at all,I stick mostly to ‘standard’ rules and also to wines I like. Occasionally I’ll go a bit off-piste,or someone will introduce me to something different,then I’ll revise my rules a bit. But its always the food first and the wine second.

In the last few weeks there’s been chance to turn this on its head. Try the wine and then wonder what to eat with [...]

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Feeling flowery in veggie heaven

Last week I took part in Dan of Food Urchin’s dinner blogging challenge (called ‘Where’s my pork chop?’). Basically I cooked him some dinner and in return I got,well these:

                  

There’s loads of potatoes,beans and courgettes hiding under the kale

 

I’m going to be blogging what I cooked for Dan in a separate post so check back for that in the next few days. Here I want to tell you some of what I’ve done with the veg so far.

Dan had been down to his allotment bright [...]

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An unexpected glut of cherry plums

Of what? Of cherry plums. What are they then?

The simple answer is they are plums that look like cherries and the trees can be found planted in many a street and garden mostly across the southern half of the country. But you want to know more than that don’t you? Well then if you are sitting comfortably I shall begin. © Danielle Harlow –Fotolia.com We’ve lived in our house for nearly 12 years and when we arrived the garden was a bit ramshackle. It had been nice at one point I’m sure but the previous owner was rather old (he had [...]

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A walk on the wild side

“Here,turn right here,this has got to be it”.

  

We swerve round the corner and bounce along the driveway. “Nice pond,but where’s the big house?” There’s plenty of rolling parkland and a cluster of outbuildings but no grand house to be seen. There’s also a tall affable looking chap wearing wellies and a big chunky jumper so we slow up and roll down the window. “Here for the food foraging?” he says,“follow the track round between these buildings and you’ll see a group of parked cars and over to the right people on the lawn,that’s [...]

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