Vichyssoise (leek and potato soup)

Brrr, it’s suddenly really really cold. A good excuse to make some soup, the perfect comforting winter warmer lunch option … In my eyes, Vichyssoise is a French classic, although I understand there is some debate over whether it is French or American in origin. It is normally served cold but January isn’t really the…

Curried lentil (Dhal) Soup

Lentil soup reminds me of being off school as a child and eating a steaming bowlful, balanced on a tray whilst watching trashy daytime TV – pure cosy comfort! I’d also call this recipe a ‘nifty thrifty’ recipe – packed full of spicy flavour and goodness but costing pennies to make. You can’t argue with that….

Punchy parsnip soup

It’s all about the roots! Winters equals root vegetables, and as Chritmas approaches the parsnips are filling the supermarket shelves, begging to be used. This soup is super punchy, using curry powder, plus dried chillies ( if you like heat, if not simply leave them out) plus a somewhat surprising but essential dollop of mango chutney…

Mexican Pinto Bean Soup

Sometimes some purse friendly, super cheap food is what you need – this is the perfect recipe for that week before payday when you’re trying to use up the contents of the cupboard rather than yet another pricy trip to the supermarket. A great comfort soup, as hot as you want it to be, perfect…

Roasted Sweetcorn Chowder

Soup is perfect January fare – after all the Christmas indulgence, we turn to healthy food which suits the fresh start of the New Year and soup feels like protection from the cold, dark days. This chowder is even better because the sunshine yellow of the corn, spiked with jewel like red and green adds a bit of colour and light to…

Curried parsnip soup

It’s time to get the roots out! The first frost has been and gone and it’s time to indulge in some serious warming food. In my opinion, you can’t get much more wintery than parsnips – well maybe Brussels, but they are more controversial (for the record – I like them when they’re done right)….

Courgette (zucchini) soup

  If you grow vegetables or know anyone who does, then you might well be facing a glut of certain varieties right now (well in the Northern hemisphere anyway). Everyone I know who grows veg always seem to grow courgettes and runner beans in abundance. I have to say I’m a bit stumped over ways…

Terrific Tomato Soup

I think most people have childhood memories of tomato soup – probably Heinz – and its comforting qualities. It must be the soup equivalent of a hug in a bowl. However most canned soups seem to contain milk or cream, so here’s my easy store cupboard version that packs a punch of flavour and will take you…

Mexican Taco Soup

  It’s funny how you suddenly feel like eating a certain dish. Spring has suddenly hit, but I just really fancied some soup. I didn’t really feel like a warming wintery root veg based concoction, or one that was totally summery. Difficult! So spurred on by a half eaten pack of tortilla chips, here is…