Carrot Soup with Star Anise served with Croque Monsieur Toasts

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 … Continue reading Carrot Soup with Star Anise served with Croque Monsieur Toasts

Duxelle of Mixed Mushrooms Celeriac and Carrot

A Duxelle is a usually a finely chopped mixture of mushrooms, onions, shallots and herbs sautéed in butter and or cream and then usually reduced to a paste – used most notably in Beef Wellington or as a garnish. Adapted slightly and not turned into a paste, this makes a delicious side dish working really well with a whole roast chicken. It also works perfectly … Continue reading Duxelle of Mixed Mushrooms Celeriac and Carrot