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Donatis smoked ham hock

Winter Warming Pea and Ham Soup

Pea and ham soup is another old fashioned recipe that is still popular with young and old and is a great winter warmer. The two essential ingredients are not frozen peas and sandwich ham as the name suggests but dried, green, split peas and smoked ham hock or pork knuckle. Split peas are a nutritious…

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pumpkin soup coriander cumin

Pumpkin Soup Marketing

A pumpkin soup is a lovely soup and so easy to make, especially if you have a stick blender to give it a really silky, smooth consistency. Most people don’t mess with the flavour, relying on the natural sweetness of the pumpkin and nothing else but a good grind of black pepper. I wanted to…

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pasta e fagoli soup

Pasta e Fagoli

Pasta e fagoli is a lovely rustic Italian soup based on pasta and fresh borlotti beans, which are available at markets and green grocers in the cooler months. Parboiling the beans for 15 minutes and then removing the cooking water rids the beans of the sugars that can cause flatulence, so don’t hesitate to prepare…

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root vegetable soup

Root Vegetable Soup

A home made soup when the winter sniffles take hold can really hit the spot.  A root vegetable soup with a good dose of garlic was my therapy this week. I used what root vegetables I had on hand which happened to be mainly white and yellow vegetables, giving the soup an appealing golden colour….

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celeriac soup

Celeriac Soup

Celeriac makes a  great autumn or winter soup. For Two Ingredients 6-8 cloves garlic olive oil ½ large celeriac (approximately 650 g) 1 leek, white part only, thinly sliced 500ml chicken or vegetable stock 100g crème fraîche or cream salt black pepper freshly grated nutmeg Preheat oven to 180°C. Peel and cut celeriac into large…

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