Category Archives: Soups, stews and winter fare

Roasted Pepper Soup

DSC07800This is the easiest soup you’ll ever make, even my Super Easy Pea soup, is not as easy as this one. I put it together with random bits of vegetables I had in my fridge, things I needed to use up: half an onion, 6 cherry tomatoes and the main ingredient: peppers.

Tesco has them at 99p for 3 and I got carried away and bought package after package without realizing I wasn’t using them up.

So I got stuck with 9 peppers. This recipe used 3, but you can add more, if you are making a larger batch of soup.

There is no chopping or pan frying anything, which means less work and less cleaning; and the soup turned out to be a winner with everyone that tried it. My boyfriend took some on a flask to work and during lunch a co-worker asked him “What’s that delicious smell?” 🙂

There are only a few leaves left in my garden...winter is coming!
There are only a few leaves left in my garden…winter is coming!

Ingredients (makes 4 portions)

3 peppers (I used 1 red, 1 yellow and 1 orange, but you can use same colour ones). Deseeded and halved.

2 big cloves of garlic peeled.

6-10 cherry tomatoes (or 1 big tomato cut in half).

1 small chunk of ginger, peeled.

1/2 a red onion, peeled and cut in half (or white, whatever you have).

Salt and pepper to season.

1 tablespoon olive oil.

How to:

1.- Place all ingredients in a roasting pan, season with salt and pepper and the tablespoon of olive oil.

DSC077932.- Cover in foil and place in the oven at 180 C for 1 hour. Make sure the foil is tightly placed around the tray, because you want to keep in as much of the liquid from the vegetables as possible.

3.- In an hours time, take the tray out. Check everything is cooked through (it should be, but check, because ovens vary and all that :-)).

DSC077964.- Now it is time to blend. If you have a hand-held blender, just tip everything (including any juices at the bottom of the tray) into a pot and blend. Add between 1 cup and 2 cups of water to get the consistency you want.

DSC07797If you are using a blender just pop everything into it and blend 🙂 Add water as required, and adjust seasoning.

5.- And that’s all! Serve with home-made toasted bread and a sprinkle of black pepper.

DSC07802Namaste!

Paula

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Super Easy Pea Soup!

DSC07688This soup is the epitome of all that’s easy and fast. Ideal for a cold day, when you want to eat something wholesome, warm and tasty asap.

It asks only for three ingredients which most people usually have at home; and at £1.25 for 2 big portions, it is also extremely cheap. It makes a good office or school lunch, especially if you pair it with a simple sandwich, a small pork pie or even some veggies with hummus.

Ptss…Sorry about the photos… they look rather bland and dark. It was very cloudy outside and I don’t know how to make photos bright without sunlight… If you do and want to enlighten me, I’ll be grateful!

DSC07671Ingredients (2 big portions or 4 smaller ones):

Half an onion (red or white, both work well).

1 tin garden peas, drained.

1 clove of garlic.

Salt and pepper to season.

That’s all you need to make a delicious soup. If you want to add some extra flavour (or maybe you have these ingredients lying around) you can add pancetta or a bunch of spinach, or even a sprig of mint. If you use mint, avoid the pancetta.

How to:

1.- Chop your garlic and onion.

DSC076742.- Place a pot on a medium heat. Add one tablespoon oil and add the garlic and onion.  Let them cook for 3 minutes. Then add the peas.

DSC076783.- I used spinach, so I added it next, on top of the peas. Season with salt and pepper.

Cover with water. It is better if you use little water rather than too much. Once you blend the soup, you can add more water if it is too thick.

DSC076804.- Cook covered for 30 minutes at a low heat. Then blend. You can use a hand-held blender or a regular blender.

DSC076815.- Variations:

Peas and Pancetta:  You can either add the pancetta at the beginning with the onion and garlic or you can pan fry it separately till it is crunchy and add after you blend the soup, so you can enjoy tasty, crunchy pancetta bits.

Peas and Mint or Spinach: If you want to use mint or spinach, add it after you add the peas. You can use both, mint and spinach, they work well together.

If you are in a super big hurry, or just really tired, you don’t even need to sautee your onions and garlic in oil, just add onion, garlic and peas to the pot and cover with water. Cook for 30 minutes. If you sautee the veggies first you get a more flavoursome soup, that’s all, however, this short-cut version is nice too.

6.- Enjoy with grated cheddar or some black pepper or both 🙂

DSC07687Namaste,

Paula