Monday, 18 January 2010

Home made tomatoe soup


2 Oz butter or 2 table spoons of oil
2 large Carrots
1 large Onion
1 Red pepper
1 Tin Chopped Tomatoes
1 Garlic Clove
2 large tablespoons of Tomatoe puree
Veg or Chicken stock cubes
1 1/2 pint of water
Cream (optional)

Chop the onions, deseed and chop the pepper.
Fry Onions and pepper until soft
add crushed garlic clove and tomatoe puree and stir through and fry for a few minutes.
Grate the carrots add into pot and fry for a few minutes.
Add the tinned tomatoes, water and stock cubes and bring to boil, turn down and simmer for 15 minutes.
Blend soup untill smooth, to make it extra smooth after blending put soup through a sive

Add cream to taste

Monday, 11 January 2010

French Onion Soup Recipe

French Onion Soup is amazingly cheap and easy to make and can make an impressive starter for a dinner party.


2 oz of Butter and 2 table spoons of oil.

3 - 4 Large Onions roughly chopped

1 1/2 pints of water

3 - 5 Oxo Cubes

1 teaspoon of Brown suger.

Crusty Bread

Guyere cheese (Optional)

Cooking methode

Then end result of the French Onion Soup will depend on cooking the onions properly.

Using a large pot melt the butter and add the oil, add chopped onions and fry untill soft.

Add brown suger and continue frying (mixing often) the oinions untill they start to caramilise, this usually takes around 15 - 20 minutes, the Onions will turn a golden brown colour.

Add water, bring to the boil and then add Oxo Cubes to taste.

Really important, simmer for at least 15 minutes.

While soup is simmering cut the crusty bread into slices and top with Guyere Cheese

Once soup is ready, transfer into large soup bowls and float the bread topped with cheese in the soup and put under a hot grill to melt the cheese.

Be carefull as the bowls will be very hot and make sure you warn your quests!

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Recipes for Soups

Soups are just great, so many different things can be used in home made soups.

Many of the soups I make have the same starting ingredient.... an onion!

I will start this blog with one of my all time favourite soups.

Mushroom and Brocoli

I know you are probably thinking Yuk :0 thats what I thought when my mother in law presented me with a bowl of Green Soup. But you will be plesantly surprised.


2 oz butter or a few table spoons of oil.

1 garlic clove crushed.

One large onions finely chopped.

1 box of mushrooms.

1 pack of brocoli

Chicken stock cubes


Single cream (optional)

Firstly Fry the chopped onions in butter or oil untill soft.

Chop the mushrooms and add them in with the onions, also add the crushed garlic.

Fry untill the mushrooms are cooked.

Seperate the brocoli florettes from the stems and add the florettes along with around 1 1/2 pints of water and 2 - 3 chicken stock cubes.

Bring it to the boil and turn down the heat and simmer for around 15 minutes.

Transfer into a blender and blend untill your soup is smooth.

Add cream to your own taste.

Serve with crusty buttered bread.

To make Mushroom Soup leave out the brocoli.

Watching your weight? Want to make it healthy? Chop and add all the ingredients to stock made from the water and Chicken stock cubes and bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Say NO to the Cream then blend and serve with plain crusty bread.