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Soups & Salads

Mushroom &  Crème Fraîche Soup

Mushroom & Crème Fraîche Soup

I’ve mentioned how good mushrooms are before, they are rich in in iron, are also a source of potassium, selenium, copper, zinc and they are full of fibre. In addition to all this they may help boost your immune system. Many varieties of mushrooms contain […]

Beetroot, Orange & Mustard Soup

Beetroot, Orange & Mustard Soup

I love this recipe. I tried it only as an experiment and I was amazed by the results. It’s simple to make and full of goodness but it tastes complicated, unusual and delicious. I absolutely love it. And to think I make this with cooked […]

Gently Spiced Carrot & Red Lentil Soup

Gently Spiced Carrot & Red Lentil Soup

This sunny and simple little soup is spiced with garam masala, a blend of various ground spices including coriander, cumin, ginger, allspice, cinnamon and cayenne pepper. It has an earthy mildly spicy flavour and is great for adding a gentle heat to dishes. I also […]

Marrowfat Pea Soup

Marrowfat Pea Soup

Marrowfat peas are high in vegetable protein and fibre, low in fat and they are also a source of iron. You can find packets of no-soak marrowfat peas in any supermarket and they are very cheap. Most people use marrowfat peas to make mushy peas […]

Simple Vegetable Stock

This is a recipe for a simple vegetable stock. I’m not going to mention the health benefits of making your own stock other than to say if you make it yourself you will be able to pronounce all the ingredients you use. That said, unless […]

Waldorf Slaw

Waldorf Slaw

Waldorf Salad, named after the hotel where it was first created, is a mix of celery, apple, grapes and walnuts in a mayonnaise (sometimes mixed with yoghurt) dressing. It’s a lovely creamy, crisp, crunchy sweet salad. In summer it looks great served on little lettuce […]

Rainbow Slaw

Rainbow Slaw

This sweet crunchy salad is as nutritious as it is colourful. In fact it’s so full of vitamins and minerals that I’m just going to point out that it’s full of stuff that is good for your eyesight and contains lots of antioxidants which may […]

Broccoli, Carrot & Apple Salad

Broccoli, Carrot & Apple Salad

Last year a study reported that eating broccoli helps to prevent or slow the progress of osteoarthritis in mice – they are now studying if it has the same effect on humans. Unfortunately I was unable to find out whether the mice were fed raw […]

Summer Salad with Avocado

Summer Salad with Avocado

I know summer is over but it’s been such a lovely sunny September that I think a quick recipe for easy summer salad is called for. I call a mix of lettuce, mild onion and tomato in a vinaigrette dressing summer salad. This is just […]