I don't know about you but at this time of year I love having soup for lunch, especially when it's homemade. The great thing about soup is that anyone can make it even if you don't believe yourself to be a good cook.
I mentioned Minestrone on twitter last week and was asked for my recipe so I promised to put it on here, and I also promised to post my Potato and Leek recipe for fellow Crystal Palace fan Denise. I try to keep all my promises so here goes:
Potato and Leek Soup
How to make it
1. Top and tail the leeks and cut into 1 inch lengths. Place in large saucepan on a low heat with olive oil, marg, garlic and a little black pepper and sweat for 5 minutes.
2. Whilst the leeks are softening, peel and finely slice carrot then add to pan, then peel and dice potato. 3. Add the potato with the litre of veggie stock and bring to the boil.
4. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, then blend in a liquidiser.
Serves 4 people and will keep in the fridge for a couple of days.
1 large carrot,
1 large potato,
1 clove garlic crushed,
4oz frozen chopped spinach,
4oz frozen peas,
1oz spaghetti broken into 2 inch pieces,
1 litre vegetable stock made with 1 stock cube,
2 tablespoons tomato purée,
1 tbsp olive oil,
A dozen fresh basil leaves
How to make it
1. Chop the onion and dice the carrot and place in a large saucepan, with the olive oil, on a low heat for 5 minutes.
2. Peel and dice the potato and add to the pan with the garlic and a little black pepper.
3. Make the vegetable stock using boiling water and stir in the tomato purée, then add to the saucepan. Bring to the boil then cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
4. Add the frozen spinach, peas, spaghetti and torn basil leaves and bring back to the boil, then cover and simmer for a further 15 – 20 minutes.
5. Serve with a sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese and a little piece of ciabatta.
I hope you will enjoy these recipes if you try them. On a different note, I mentioned on my blog a couple of weeks ago that I had misplaced my knitting needles. After Chris had searched the boxes stored in the garage, he eventually found my knitting bag which he proudly presented me with when I got home from work.
Slight problem, when I opened the bag there were lots of knitting needles just not the sizes I needed. Then I remembered I had used them to knit a baby hat for a friend of Sophie's so they had been in a bag in the spare room all the time… I was not very popular!
Anyway I have started knitting a little hooded jacket for Sam, my niece's baby, and I will keep you up to date with my progress. Must get ready for work now – I have Penhaligon's fragrance at 3 and my regular Fashion on Friday show at 5. Today we have James Lakeland – classy stuff. I have a great weekend ahead too with Elemis, Susan Graver and Sarah Chapman, including the February 'Beauty Pick of the Month'.
Hope you can join me over the next few days,
Much love, Julia xx