Category Archives: SOUPS AND STEWS
Lobster bisque is a soup recipe that is not cheap, but it is well worth the effort and cost. Bisque is a smooth, creamy, highly seasoned soup of French origin, classically based on a strained broth of crustaceans. It can be made from lobster, crab, shrimp or crayfish. Bisque is a method of extracting flavor from imperfect crustaceans not good enough to send to market. In an authentic bisque, the shells are ground to a fine paste and added to thicken the soup. Valentines day for 2 or New Years Supper, this bisque is never out of place and so mild on the seafood taste that even the most difficult guest will be very pleasantly surprised.
Moroccan spiced lentils are nice, warm and hearty dish which smell and taste will teleport you straight to the north of the Africa. Most broad-bean soup sellers also offer these spicy lentils, ladled into bowls. When cooking green (also called brown) lentils, it is tempting to drainthem after the first stage of cooking as the liquid is muddy, but in doing so, precious B vitamins are lost. Lentils are so versatile, cheap and delicious. Try them in a healthy soup, in Indian dal, or to add extra texture to a pumpkin stew or rice dish. Lentils do not need soaking before cooking. Some will hold their shape well when cooked; others will collapse once cooked, so you need to decide what kind of recipe you are using the lentils for. Lentils are high in protein and therefore a valuable part of a vegan or vegetarian diet.
Sweet potato soup with cumin an ginger is a great choice for any meal. Vibrant in colour and quick to make, this soup is ideal for any winter party. A root vegetable that resembles a potato, although it is quite different in taste and texture (and is not related to the potato). It has a pinkish-orange skin and a deep-orange, creamy-textured flesh that’s much lighter and fluffier than that of the potato. Sweet potatoes can be cooked in similar ways to the potato but cook much more quickly. Mixture of sweetness of the potatoes and subtle spicy taste of cumin and ginger makes this soup a great warming dish. Cumin seeds have a warm flavour and a strong, pungent aroma. Serve with croûtons or crispy bread, and garnish with some double cream and chopped chives.
Watercress soup is smooth and creamy: blended onion, potatoes, watercress, stock and milk, lightly flavoured with a bay leaf. Watercress is a member of the mustard family and has a distinctive peppery flavour that makes them natural bedfellows to strongly flavoured meats such as game. The leaves are most commonly served raw as a garnish to eggs or meat, or as part of a salad with orange segments. Many benefits from eating watercress are claimed, such as that it acts as a stimulant, a source of phytochemicals and antioxidants, a diuretic, an expectorant, and a digestive aid. It also appears to have antiangiogenic cancer-suppressing properties. Watercress is available all year round but is at its best from April until September. Watercress is highly perishable, so store it in a perforated bag in the fridge and eat it within a couple of days. Alternatively, treat it like a bunch of flowers and put in a glass of water in the fridge, covering the leaves with a plastic bag – it can last a little longer that way. Watercress soup is delicious served chilled in summer. After puréeing, pour the soup into a large bowl, then cover, cool and chill for at least 3 hours. Taste for seasoning before serving.