Category Archives: SOUPS AND STEWS

Cullen Skink

Cullen Skink

Cullen Skink is the famous Scottish fish soup made with smoked haddock. Scotland produces delicious fish and this famous, very rich and tasty soup recipe originates from the fishing village of Cullen, in Morayshire, in the north-east of Scotland. At one time this fish would have been cheap and plentiful, and this dish would have been served regularly. But of course with the shortages of fish in the North Sea today, it is now more expensive to buy. The word “Skink” (which means “essence” in Gaelic) is a soup which was originally made with shin of beef (it was a sort of soup-stew) , but the main ingredients for the Cullen Skink is smoked haddock and potatoes. The traditional way of cooking it was using “Finnan Haddock”, which needs to be skinned after cooking. This is a very fiddly way of making it, but the recipe below is a bit easier. This Cullen Skink Recipe makes a filling and rich soup and although it can be a meal by itself, it makes a very unusual starter (providing your guests like fish of course). Serve it with thick slices of homemade crusty bread and unsalted butter.

Curried cauliflower soup

Curried cauliflower soup

Curried cauliflower soup is simple yet delicious and perfect choice for lunch or as a light meal, served with warm, crusty bread and garnished with fresh coriander. Cauliflower is incredibly versatile as you can see from our wealth of recipes – from curries, to soups to the comforting cauliflower cheese. Inexpensive and local, it ticks all the right boxes, so don’t skimp on this classic British vegetable. Choose cauliflowers with firm, compact, creamy-white heads, stout fresh leaves, and clean white stalks. Avoid any with limp, yellowing leaves, slimy stalks or spotted brown curds. Cauliflower is in season from February to May and again from August to December. Romanesco is a variety of green cauliflower with pointed, lime-green curds. It is more delicate than the standard cauliflower, and cooks more quickly. You may also find orange or purple cauliflowers in farmers’ markets and farm shops.

Corn soup with cherry tomatoes

Corn soup with cherry tomatoes

This corn soup with cherry tomatoes is thick and creamy, prepared with fresh local ears of young sweet corn, leek, and soy milk topped with diced cherry tomatoes and with a sprinkle of fresh crushed black pepper. Its natural sweet taste and creamy-chewy texture is just like the one of a country corn soup. By late summer young, tender sweetcorn starts to appear in the shops and markets. At their best, the husks should be green and fresh and the tassel at the end should be fine and silky, not dry and browned. 

Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup

Health conscious consumers know pretty well that the foods they eat need to be natural, as much as possible, and low in fat. Over the years, people seem to realize more and more the importance of natural foods, which is a good thing if we think of the innumerable health disorders that affect us, due to wrong diets based on junk and fast foods.

Mostly, soups seem to be the healthiest meals among other categories of foods. They contain various mineral and vitamin packed legumes and vegetables that can improve the health state of each and every one of us. However, you should know that meat consumption is not wrong, but it requires consumers to eat moderate portions and avoid foods which are high in fat. The good news is that you can prepare various soup recipes which include meat like lean beef, poultry and fish, if you don’t like soups which are fully made of legumes. These soups have increased nutritional value due to the fact that they are high both in vitamins and proteins.

Thai spicy curry chicken soup

Thai spicy curry chicken soup

This Thai spicy curry chicken soup recipe offers restaurant-quality Thai noodle soup in just a few steps. It’s a great natural remedy if you’re fighting a cold or flu bug, and will boost your mood too. It’s the lemongrass that does it – this added to a variety of healthy greens and a mound of thin rice noodles (or the noodles of your choice). Combined with vegetable broth and coconut milk, this delicious soup is a complete meal in itself and a bowl of warm comfort on a chilly day.