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Coconut and Butternut squash Soup with Yeasted Bread Rolls

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OO&L Bread Rolls

These little rolls are a bit like Brioche only with less butter and more eggs. They take a bit of time but in my world, are totally worth it. I was raised on bread and lots of it, My husband is always amazed that I seem to do quite well on it and I’m always trying different recipes. The knead, wait, knead a bit more is easy if you are spending the day at home. Oh, and the soup is delicious too! :-)

Yeasted Brioche Rolls
2 tsp. dry yeast
7 fl oz water
1 lb strong white flour
2 tbsp honey
2 eggs beaten
2oz unsalted butter melted
2tsp poppy seeds to decorate

Sprinkle the yeast into the water, leave until foamy, about 10 minutes.
Mix the flour and salt together in a bowl, make a well in the centre and pour in the yeasted water.
Draw in enough of the flour into the water to form a soft paste
Cover the bowl with a tea towel and leave to sponge and rise about 20 minutes
Add the honey, the beaten eggs and melted butter
Mix in the rest of the flour from the sides to form a soft dough
Put the dough into a buttered bowl, turning to coat evenly with the butter
Cover with a tea towel and leave to rise until doubled in size about 2 hours
Knock back and leave it rest for about 1o minutes
Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and chafe to form nice rounds
Place on a buttered baking sheet or into small brioche tins and cover with a team towel.
Prove until doubled in size about 45 minutes
Brush with egg glaze and sprinkle with poppy seeds and sea salt
Bake in the oven until a lovely golden brown colour and sounds hollow when tapped underneath – about 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Coconut and Butternut squash soup
Heart healthy coconut oil and milk add a delicious nutty creaminess to this soup. Can also be topped with some Sriracha or Harissa if you would like to add a bit of heat.

Serves 6-8
3 tbsp Coconut Oil
1 butter nut squash peeled and chopped
1 large onion sliced
2 garlic cloves peeled chopped and mashed
1 tbsp fresh ginger finely chopped
1 ltr vegetable stock
1 can coconut milk – I use Thai gold

Heat the coconut oil in a large saucepan.
Add the butter nut squash, onion, garlic and ginger, stir and season well.
Cover and cook on a medium heat until the vegetables soften, about 10 minutes
Stir in the coconut milk and the stock.
Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the vegetables are fully cooked
Blend the soup until smooth, taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
Serve topped with fresh chopped coriander.

Hot and Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup

The wind raged and howled around the house but we did not get it as bad as our southern cousins. Eva had to join us in the bed she was scared by the noise of the wind which ‘Sounds really cross’.
Cross indeed it was – this soup helped forget about it: comforting, hot, spicy, sour and sweet. Left over chicken works perfectly if you have it to hand. Full of the goodness of all the vegetables and fueling enough for an evening meal.

OO&L Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup

Serves 4

1 ltr chicken or vegetable stock
2 boneless, skinless chicken breast about 6oz each
100g rice noodles
1 medium sweet potato peeled and cut in a medium dice
1 small head of broccoli cut to bite size florets
1 medium onion finely sliced
1 tbsp good quality curry paste
1 tbsp tomato puree
2 tbsp rapeseed oil
2 spring onions, shredded
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp fish sauce
a handful of coriander chopped and a sprinkle for the top

Pour the stock into a pan and add the chicken, ginger and garlic. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, partly cover and simmer for 20 mins, until the chicken is tender.
Remove the chicken to a board and shred into bite-size pieces
Heat the rapeseed oil over a medium heat, add the sweet potato dice, broccoli and onion and mix to cover with the oil. Season well and sweat gently for about 5 minutes.
Add the curry paste, tomato puree and cook out stirring well for about 3 minutes.
Add the stock and cook until the vegetables until almost tender.
Return the chicken to the stock with the noodles, half the spring onions and the coriander.
Simmer for 3-4 mins until the noodles are tender.
Season with fish sauce and soy sauce, taste and adjust as needed,
Ladle into bowls and scatter over the remaining spring onions.

New Year and a recipe for Leek and White Bean Soup with Chorizo

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Happy New Year!
I don’t make new year’s resolutions, never have in fact. Far too much pressure in my opinion, why heap such an amount of expectation on top of yourself just because it is the start of another year. One which in my case, I started especially hung over, definitely not a day to try and muster up the will power to stop smoking, get fit, loose weight or what ever new year goal has been set. Instead I ate some comfort food, had a quick walk, drank loads of water, and went to bed really early and loved every minute of it, safe in the knowledge that for the rest of the year, I generally eat well, get exercise and enjoy as much spare time as I can either in the company of my friends and family or in the kitchen doing what I love best.

(And for the record, I used to smoke, a lot – gave them up thank god, in the middle of the year not at new year, and despite the odd craving, I’m happy to report I’m still off them).

This soup can be whipped up in no time, full of the goodness of the vegetables and beans and especially lovely with the crispy Chorizo on top.

Leek and White Bean Soup with Chorizo
Serves 6
5 leeks washed, trimmed and chopped
1 400gr tin of white beans (butter, cannellini, which you prefer) drained and rinsed
1 ltr veg stock
1 oz butter and 3 tbsp rapeseed oil

Heat the oil and butter until foaming
Tip in the leeks, season really well and mix to ensure they are covered in the butter & oil mix.
Turn down the head and let them sweat for about 10 minutes until softened.
Tip in the beans, mix well and add the stock.
Bring up the just boiling and turn down and cook for about 10 more minutes until the leeks are fully cooked.
Blend really well, taste and adjust for seasoning.
Just before seasoning, cut 3″ piece of chorizo into small dice and cook on medium pan until crispy and releases the oil.
Top each bowl of soup with some of the chorizo and drizzle over some of the oil and serve.

OO&L Leek Chorizo Soup II

Quick Thai Style Sweet Potato Soup with Toasted Coconut

OO&L Thai Style Sweet Potato Soup

November and the cold is here so it’s Soup for what ails you, nothing does it like a bowl of soup. I’m chock full of antibiotics, pain killers and what not so was glad for this, when you cant eat there is always soup.

Thai style Sweet Potato and coconut Soup
Serves 6
Ingredients
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 medium onion
4 medium carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
1 very large or 2 medium sweet potato peeled and roughly chopped
20 g Thai yellow curry paste or Thai curry powder mix
(I use Mai Ploy paste and The Spice Shop powder)
1 400ml tin coconut milk
500 ml vegetable stock
salt and pepper to taste
Toasted grated coconut shards and julienne of red chilli to serve if you have it

Method
Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed saucepan
Add the garlic ginger paste with 1 tbsp oil and cook out for a few minutes
Add curry paste or powder, stir well and cook out for a few minutes
If it is in danger of getting dry, add a splash of water
Add the carrot & sweet potato, mix well to coat the vegetables with the spice mix and cook for 4-5 minutes
Add the coconut milk and stock, stir and season, bring to the boil then turn down to a gentle simmer until the vegetables are cooked.
Blitz the soup, season to taste and serve garnished with toasted grated coconut and chilli.

Carrot Soup with Star Anise served with Croque Monsieur Toasts

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I got given out to recently for having hard to get ingredients in my recipes. Hands up straight away, there is star anise in this one, NOT a show stopper if you don’t have it but it really elevates the carrot soup from a nice everyday flavoured soup to something altogether more delicious. Not that I think it is terribly difficult to get but I do get that you might not just have it handy!. I have always given any recipe a go even when I didn’t have absolutely everything on this list. When I was young, I couldn’t wait for my mum and dad to go out as the kitchen became my domain, I’d take out her recipe book (An old General Electric book which came with the cooker) and decide what delights I was going to make. The upside was being able to offer a plate of delicious biscuits or cake when they arrived home, the downside was often trying to hid the fact that I had used all the eggs in some disaster now hidden at the bottom of the bin. Years later my mum told she she would often be out with my dad wondering (worring) what on earth I would be up to in the kitchen while she was out.

Carrot Soup with Star Anise provides delicious flavour but also immune boosting nutrients, anti viral and anti fungal healing properties.

Carrot Soup with Star Anise
Serves 5
3 tablespoons butter
1 large chopped onion
2 whole star anise,
1 large garlic clove, chopped and mashed
2 pounds carrots, peeled and chopped
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
4 heaped tbsp chopped Coriander

Melt butter in large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, thyme, star anise, bay leaves, and garlic. Sauté until onion softens, about 5 minutes. Add carrots and broth. Bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until carrots are very tender, about 30 minutes.
Remove and discard the star anise and blend the soup until very smooth; return to same pot.
Season well to taste and serve with Croque Monsieur Toasts
Perfect brought to work the next day too!


Croque Monsieur Toasts

Easy method – Pile thick slices of country bread high with grated gruyere, season well, sprinkle over a few dashes of worcester sauce and grill under a high heat until bubbly melting and deliciously gooey.

If you have the time and the inclination to make a bechamel based Croque Monsieur then read on!

Serves 4
4 tbsp. unsalted butter
4 tbsp. flour
1 cup milk
1.5 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp Worcester sauce
¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
8 (¼”-thick) slices country bread, Gluten Free preferably lightly toasted
8oz. Gruyère cheese

Melt butter in a pan over medium-high heat.
Whisk in flour and nutmeg and cook out for about 2 minutes.
Gently heat the milk then whisk in and work until smooth.
Reduce heat to medium-low; add the grated cheese and work until it has incorporated – continue to cook until it has thickened about 6 minutes.
Whisk in mustard,Worcester and season well.
Place 4 slices bread on a baking sheet. Thickly spread the cheese sauce over the bread and toast until the grill until the sauce is brown and bubbly – worth the effort as it is unbelievably yummy.

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