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Autumn Gluten Free Recipes Vegetarian

Creamy Mushroom Soup

Mushroom Soup Recipe

If there’s one thing the downturn in weather condition in the latter days of September denotes, it’s that soup can once again make a legitimate claim to roughly a third of my diet. This year, the contrast in diet between summer and autumn seems particularly pronounced. As far as I can tell, the reason for this is two-fold; firstly, I was in Spain only a month ago, enjoying indecently balmy weather and; secondly, the weather in Britain really is living up to its reputation. Indeed, as far as I can tell, whole cities have been swept away by torrents of water, so comprehensive has the media coverage been here. However, as has been suggested, the weather hasn’t had a particularly negative effect on my diet since soup, one of my favourite types of food, is back on the menu!

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British Healthy Eating Recipes Spring Summer Vegetarian

Creamy Garden Pea and Mint Soup

 

It occurred to me this morning that a loving relationship hasn’t yet been fostered between soup and I this year. By and large soup is seen as something warming, hearty and intended for the colder months of the year. However, it should be remembered that one can make a delightful soup out of almost anything and that there are some rather extraordinary warm-weather recipes out there. The combination of pea and mint is one that has been explored here already this year and it is clear to see why. The peas and mint work wonderfully well together, with the former providing the first breath of taste – a flavour which reminds one instantly of an English walled garden – and the latter lingering on in order to tempt the next spoonful into one’s mouth. Indeed, two such beautifully fresh ingredients were made for such a dish.

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Asian Healthy Eating Indian Recipes Vegan Vegetarian Winter

Goan Spiced Sweet Potato Soup

Goan Spiced Sweet Potato Soup

The weather in Britain is getting warmer and, barring the odd cold day, the bitterness of winter is coming to an end. Indeed, my hopes of witnessing snow this winter have all but died, scuppered by unseasonably warm weather. Luckily, the weather is not yet too balmy for the consumption of a delicious, warming soup. So, I shall hide my disappointment for another year – it doesn’t often snow here – and shall instead consume an ominously large bowl of this strikingly coloured soup.

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Advice European Healthy Eating Recipes Vegan Vegetarian Winter

Cider and Green Lentil Stew

In recent weeks my Grandfather has developed a penchant for divulging a number of his favourite Clement Freud anecdotes. His favourite story concerns a trip Freud made to Mexico. Whilst in Mexico, Freud thought he would sample the delights of a true Central American Chilli, something he soon regretted. After ordering ‘six bottled of beer in quick succession’, Freud advised the chef that it may be best to warn visitors about the deadly speciality. The chef replied that ‘the ratio [of chilli to meat] was about one to one.’ Had Freud wanted his chilli with only a little spice the chef said that ‘there was an American place just down the road.’ I think it’s rather a humorous little tale, though perhaps you’ll disagree if you are an American. Anyway, a deep interest on the writings of Freud developed within, and I asked to borrow my Grandfather’s copy of ‘Freud of Food’. To my delight I discovered that my taste in humour shared an even closer affinity to that of Freud’s, when I discovered a section entitled, ‘Give The Wife A Break’.

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Healthy Eating Recipes Vegetarian Winter

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

So, it’s officially a week until Christmas day, how very exciting! There appears to be a lot of excitement surrounding the festive season this year, but perhaps I’m a little more receptive to it since I’m spending it with Katherine and her family. To be honest, it’ll be very interesting to see how another family spends Christmas; perhaps they should be taught the family card game. How apt that this soup should look quite so festive.

Many recipes for red pepper soups perform rather badly when it comes to preserving the natural sweetness of the fruit. As such, I’ve been very careful to avoid pairing it with anything that would disguise the main qualities of the bell pepper. Tomatoes, themselves being sweet, work very well in this capacity. The result is a deliciously sweet and temptingly light soup, worthy of just about anyone’s best bowls. However, one must remember to season correctly and delicately according to the recipe; salt is added to enhance the natural flavours of a dish and (usually) not to become a flavour itself.