Sweet potato and carrot soup

Sweet potato and carrot soup 750

When it comes to quick and nutritious meal, a bowl of soup alongside fresh roll and baguette are the perfect solution. And with just few ingredients you can create truly delicious quick snack, lunch or evening meal.

Sweet potato and carrot soup

serves 3-4

Ingredients:

1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
2 medium carrots, peeled and cubed
1 large red onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and sliced
600 ml stock, vegetable or chicken one (plus more water if needed)
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp dried turmeric
1/2 tsp dried ginger
salt
pepper
fresh chive, few springs to decorate

Heat the olive oil in a saucepan, add the onion, garlic, sweet potato and carrots, saute for 6-8 minutes. Pour the stock. Add turmeric, ginger, salt and pepper. Simmer gently until all vegetables are cooked.
In a blender or food processor, blend the soup in batches until smooth.
Ladle the soup into warm soup bowls, decorate with few chive springs and serve with fresh bread rolls or baguette.

Bon appetit.

Pea & Camembert Soup

Peas Soup

Pea & Camembert Soup
serves 2-3

Ingredients:

200 g frozen peas
60 g camembert cheese, roughly chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
500 ml vegetable stock
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp dried mint
1 tsp dried tarragon
pinch cayenne pepper
optional for serving: soured cream

Heat the butter in a medium size saucepan, add the onion and cook gently, stirring, for 5 minutes.
Add peas, herbs, cayenne papper and pour in the vegetable stock. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring from time to time.

Add camembert cheese and stir until it has completely melted.
Then puree the soup in a food processor or blender.

Pour into soup bowls and garnish with soured cream.
Serve at once with fresh bread rolls, baguette or focaccia bread.

Bon appetit.

Spicy meatloaf with onions and bulgar wheat

Spicy meatloaf with onions and bulgar wheat.

Ingredients:

400g pork sausage meat
450g pork sausages with herbs or spices
50 g bulgar wheat
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 red chilli, chopped
3-4 tbsp breadcrumbs
2 tsp smoked ground paprika
1 tsp each of dried herbs: marjoram, oregano, thyme
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
salt
black pepper
½ tsp butter

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line with grease-proof paper a large loaf tin (22,5cmx12,5cmx7,5cm).

In a small pan, cook bulgar wheat for 8 minutes, then drain well.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all meat with onions, garlic, chilli, dried herbs and paprika. Add cooked bulgar wheat, beaten egg and breadcrumbs. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper.

Turn into the tin and press down firmly with the back of the spoon. Then spread lightly tomato ketchup over it. Bake in the centre of the oven for 90 minutes. Let it rest in a tin for 5-10 minutes and then transfer to the serving plate.

Serve hot with roast or mashed potatoes and your favourite chutney. Also delicious cold.

Bon appetit.

Mangalica Spicy Salami Cassoulet with adzuki beans

Mangalica Spicy Salami Cassoulet with adzuki beans.

Mangalica Spicy Salami Cassoulet with adzuki beans.

Ingredients:
100 g Hungarian Mangalica Spicy Salami, sliced – buy good quality salami; I bought Unearthed; they have delicious products.
100 g adzuki beans, soaked for 6h or overnight
1 red pepper, cut into slices
1 large onion, cut into wedges
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 chilli, chopped
10-12 button mushrooms, cut in half
2-3 large, ripe, fresh tomatoes or tinned tomatoes, chopped
1 tbsp tomato puree
1/2 stock cube
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
3-4 tbsp oil
black pepper
500-700 ml water

Soak beans for 6 hours or overnight and then rinse under cold running water. Drain well.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan, add onion, mushrooms and peppers and cook over moderate heat for few minutes till softened. Add garlic and chilli, cook for 2 more minutes. Transfer all into casserole dish. Add water, tomatoes, all spices and adzuki beans. Stir well and bring to the boil. Add a salami and reduce the heat, cover and cook gently for 40 minutes or cover with a lid and bake on the oven’s centre shelf for up to 1 hour. ( 140°C)  If necessary add more water so that it is not too thick and if tomatoes are very sour add a bit of sugar. Put into warm bowls and sprinkle with fresh parsley. Serve with crusty bread or baguette.

Bon appetit.