Category Archives: SOUPS AND STEWS

Cod and lobster chowder

Cod and lobster chowder

This chowder recipe is a great option for any occasion really. What make it so amazing is a subtle combination of salt pork, seafood and cream. You can try this recipe with clams, mussels and any flaky white fish. Chowder is a seafood or vegetable stew (or thickened soup), often served with milk or cream and mostly eaten with saltine crackers. Chowder is usually thickened with broken up crackers, but some varieties are traditionally thickened with crushed ship biscuit. New England clam chowder, perhaps the best known chowder, is typically made with chopped clams and diced potatoes, in a mixed cream and milk base, often with a small amount of butter. Other common chowders include Manhattan clam chowder, which substitutes tomatoes for the milk and cream and typically omits potatoes; corn chowder, which uses corn instead of clams; a wide variety of fish chowders; and potato chowder, which is often made with cheese. The origin of the term chowder is obscure. One possible source is the French word chaudière, the type of pot in which the first chowders were probably cooked. (This, if true, would be similar to the origin of casserole, a generic name for a set of main courses originally prepared in a dish called a casserole.)

Roasted red pepper and tomato soup

Roasted red pepper and tomato soup

Roasted red pepper and tomato soup is perfect for the cold weather when we all long for something warm, cozy and comfortable, this includes food. There is no better comfort food in the winter time than a hot bowl of hearty soup. This recipe for roasted red pepper and tomato soup is sure to satisfy those winter cravings and leave you feeling warm and cozy. Plus this delicious soup is both easy to make and healthy at the same time. Give it a try, serve it with a warm baguette or piece of crusty bread and enjoy.

Leek and mushroom soup

Leek and mushroom soup

Leek and mushroom soup you would just love for its full and earthy flavours of leeks and exotic mushrooms. This easy-to-make soup provide a delightful start to a meal at any time of year. Try to find mushrooms with rich flavour, even better if you can mix several different types (shiitake, porcini, oysters, white mushrooms, chanterelle…) .¬†There are many edible varieties of mushrooms, many of which are available at specialty shops, natural grocers, and from farmers markets. Serve hot with fresh or toasted bread. It goes very nice with garlic bread.

Spanish Gazpacho

Spanish Gazpacho

Traditional gazpacho originates from romantic Andalucia – that large, exotic southerly region of Spain which is home to such extensive Arabic influence. The chilled, raw soup was originally made by pounding bread and garlic with tomatoes, cucumber and peppers but, nowadays, your electric blender renders this effortless! Olive oil endows it with a smooth, creamy consistency and vinegar adds a refreshing tang – just what you need when life gets too hot to handle!

The spicy soup should be served in true Spanish style with small bowls of accompaniments – finely chopped peppers, cucumber, onion … even hard-boiled eggs and croutons, if you feel up to it! Guests will then sprinkle what appeals to them on the soup.

Rich beef stew

Rich beef stew

Beef stew is a worldwide popular dish. Marmalade adds a zesty and sweet note to this hearty beef stew, made with tender chunks of slow-cooked stewing beef, red wine and mushrooms. It makes an excellent family meal served with warming creamy mashed potatoes and steamed greens. This is an ideal meal for winter Sundays. Stewing beef is very good value for money, and a little goes a long way. It requires slow cooking over a low heat to achieve a meltingly tender consistency and for its full flavour to be properly realised, and it is best paired with strong flavors, such as red wine and garlic.