Grandma’s Lentil Soup

2014-02-20 17.17.56My Grandad is a butcher, so vegetarian cooking isn’t the most established tradition at my grandparents house but my Grandma makes the best veggie lentil soup whenever I’m there. It’s completely vegan, it’s full of goodness and has barely any fat. The slow cooking on a low heat really brings out the flavours and this is a lovely lunch.

You will need: 2 pints vegetable stock (my Grandma swears by organic stock cubes but it’s up to you), 1 cup of lentils, 1 large carrots, 1 large onion, 1 large potato, salt, pepper and mixed herbs.

2014-02-20 17.19.07Pour the stock into a large saucepan on a low heat. Peel your veggies, dice the onion and potato and slice your carrots. Add the carrots, lentils and onion to the pan. Cook on a low heat for an hour. Add the diced potato after an hour and leave to cook for another half hour. Season with slat, pepper and a big pinch of mixed herbs and serve.

2014-02-20 17.19.38This is a dead simple recipe, you just need a bit of time to let it cook. I’ve made this for my friends, my in laws, and obviously Sam and they all love it. It is a proper old fashioned soup, almost like a broth – absolutely full of flavour and so healthy.

Love, Mrs Gardom

 

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Broccoli and Cashew Soup

20140211_151220There is a tiny vegetarian cafe in my hometown and they made the best soup. I tried their broccoli and cashew (which seemed like an odd combination) and loved it so decided to make my own. This is one of those recipes that I make all the time for lunch – really healthy and full of flavour.

You will need: a whole broccoli, one large potato, one and a half pints of vegetable stock, one onion, three garlic cloves, oil and 100g roasted cashew nuts.

Dice the onion and the garlic and fry in some vegetable oil for about 5 minutes. Add the stock. Peel your potatoes and chop into small chunks and add to the pan. Chop your broccoli into chunks and add that as well. 20140211_135243Bring everything to the boil and then simmer for 10 minutes. Add the cashew nuts and cook for another 10 minutes. Blitz the soup in a blender until it is a thick consistency. I think the flavour from the stock is enough but if you want to add salt and pepper feel free (if you are using salted cashew nuts I wouldn’t recommend adding more salt). Let the soup cook for another 5 minutes and serve with some chunky bread.20140211_145909

This is a great soup, dead simple to make and very good for you. The cashew nuts add a really interesting flavour and it makes a nice filling lunch. It’s also completely vegan.

Love, Mrs Gardom

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Mum’s Mushroom Soup

20140206_172106My Mum makes the absolute best mushroom soup – it’s from a really old cookbook, with a fallen off spine and splashes on the page. This is the recipe – creamy, tasty and fab!

You will need 1oz butter, 1 onion, 1 garlic clove, 2 tbsp flour, 1 1/4 pint vegetable stock, 6oz mushrooms, 2 egg yolks and 2fl oz milk.

Melt the butter in a pan, dice your onions, crush the garlic and cook them in the butter.

20140206_162830Cook the onions and garlic til soft and stir in the flour. Cook for a minute and add the stock, stir til it has all blended in and then bring to the boil. Slice all your mushrooms and add to the pan.

20140206_164047Take the pan off the heat and blend the soup with a hand blender. Separate your eggs and add the egg yolks to the soup, add the milk and stir everything together. Season your soup with salt and pepper and cook for 10 minutes. 20140206_164830

There we go, this is a really lovely recipe – nice and comforting. Serve with crusty bread and lots of butter

Love, Mrs Gardom

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Goats Cheese, Mushroom and Caramelised Onion Quiche

20140202_184034I hate shop bought quiche, but I love my Grandma’s homemade quiche so I thought I’d try my hand at making my own. It’s sat in the oven now and it smells AWESOME! This is a jumble together of a few recipes, based on the contents of my fridge and cupboards – feel free to customize ingredients as you like!

You will need: 125g plain flour, 75g margarine, water, 2 small onions, balsamic vinegar, 125g soft goats cheese (cut off the rind if you have that variety), 100g mushrooms, 2 eggs, 150ml milk, olive oil, flan dish.

20140202_170312To make your pastry, pop the margarine and plain flour into a mixing bowl and rub together til it forms a breadcrumb like consistency Add 3 tablespoons of warm water and form the pastry into a ball. Put it in the fridge.20140202_173429Slice your onions into circles, fry in a little oil on a medium heat for 10 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar to the onions and cook for another 5 minutes. Slice your mushrooms and add them to the pan, cook for 10 minutes.20140202_174153While the onions are cooking preheat your oven to 180 degrees. Roll out the pastry so it will cover the flan dish and the edges. Bake this for 5 minutes in the oven.

20140202_173736Beat your eggs in a measuring jug, then add 150ml milk, mix it with a fork. Slice your goats cheese and then crumble it into the eggy milk mixture. Mix with a fork until it forms a thick creamy consistency. Take your onions and mushrooms off the heat and add to the mixture.20140202_174132

Take the flan dish out of the oven, pour the mixture into the pastry case and pop in the oven for 15  minutes. Turn down the heat and cook for another 30 minutes.20140202_174941Take your quiche out of the oven, slide a knife into the middle and check it comes out clean, it should be a golden brown colour on top. If the knife comes out wet, cook for another 5 minutes. Serve with a salad or just eat a slice for a nice lunch. This is a lovely dish, really nice flavours and a light texture.

Enjoy, Love Mrs Gardom

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Mozzarella Paninis with Homemade Veggie Tapenade

20131231_144411It’s really easy to fall into the habit of lunch being a cheese sandwich or a piece of toast and only making the effort with your evening meal. But as it’s new year and I decided to do a really lovely lunch. I also love a bargain, and picked up a big bag of paninis from Tesco that were in the reduced section for 50p. So this is what I did with them, lots of lovely gooey mozzarella cheese, homemade tapenade style dip and some lovely big tomatoes. A good lunch if I ever saw one. The quantities are for two people but go ahead and double them, half them, whatever!

You will need: 10 black olives, 3 cloves of garlic, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 paninis, 125g mozzarella cheese, pinch of mixed herbs, a big handful of walnuts, a big tomato and rocket to serve.20131231_141705Heat your oven to 200 degrees. Chop the paninis in half and drizzle each half with olive oil. Crush your garlic first in the pestle and mortar. When they are crushed, add the walnuts and then the olives and pound them to make a smooth paste. Add a pinch of mixed herbs, a tablespoon of olive oil and some lemon juice if you fancy.20131231_142234Spread your tapenade over the bottom two halves of your paninis. Now slice your mozzarella into thick slices and divide between the paninis covering the tapenade evenly. Slice your tomato and divide this as well. 20131231_142652Now put the tops of your paninis on top of the tomatoes and squish down well. Place on a baking tray and cook for 15 minutes in the oven. Take them out, make sure all your cheese has melted and serve on a bed of rocket with some balsamic vingear.

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And that’s it. A really lovely lunchtime treat that’s dead easy to make and would cost a bomb if you bought it in a cafe!

Enjoy, Love Mrs Gardom

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