Pod Pea Soup, with Little Gem lettuce

Pod Pea Soup, with Little Gem lettuce
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Cannellini Beans and Romaine Lettuce Stew

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Cannellini Bean Stew with Kale

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Chickpea (Garbanzo Beans) and Aubergine (Eggplant) Soup

Chickpea/Garbanzo Beans and Aubergine/Eggplant Soup

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Parsley and Cheddar Cheese Soup, with hard-boiled eggs and rice

Parsley and Cheddar Cheese Soup, with hard-boiled eggs and rice

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Broad Bean and Pea Soup

Broad Bean and Pea Soup, with home-made wheaten bread and egg mayonnaise

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Cauliflower and Swede Soup, with pan-fried potato discs

Cauliflower and Swede Soup, with organic pan-fried potato discs

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Savoy Cabbage and Potato Soup, with beefed-up vegetable stock and chilli

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Barley and Boiled Egg Soup, with discs of pan-fried white turnip and parsley

Barley and Boiled Egg Soup

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Spiced Chickpeas and White Fleshed Sweet Potato, with cardamom, coriander, fresh ginger and nutmeg

Spiced Chickpeas and White Fleshed Sweet Potato, with cardamom, coriander, fresh ginger and nutmeg

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Butter Bean and Cauliflower Soup, with cubed pan-fried potatoes or swede

Butter Bean and Cauliflower Soup, with cubed pan-fried potatoes or swede (even better) and poached egg

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Carrot and Ginger Soup, with a hint of orange zest

Carrot and Ginger Soup, with a hint of orange zest

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Vichyssoise or Leek and Potato Soup when served hot

Leek and Potato Soup Served Hot, or served chilled as Vichyssoise for summer
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Parsnip Soup 02, with nutmeg and pan-fried cubed swede / rutabaga

Parsnip Soup, with nutmeg and pan-fried cubed swede/rutabaga or yellow turnip

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Parsnip Soup, with allspice and pan-fried cubed swede/rutabaga

Parsnip Soup, with pan-fried cubed swede/rutabaga or yellow turnip

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Mushroom and Pearl Barley Soup 02, with borlotti beans, fresh thyme and sour cream

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Chickpea and Mushroom Orzotto

Chickpea and Mushroom Orzotto, with caramelised onions (or leeks) and parsley

It’s ages since I’ve cooked either orzotto or risotto. For those who don’t know the difference orzotti (plural) are a speciality of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region of NE Italy, that includes the beautiful city of Trieste, where pearl barley is used instead of aborio rice. Continue reading

Broccoli Soup

Broccoli Soup, with bacon bits

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Couscous Salad and Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans) with Herbs

Couscous Salad and Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans) with Herbs

Couscous Salad and Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans) with Herbs, and Polish kabanos sausages

Update: As it’s possible to see in the lead-in photo above I kept the couscous salad separate from the chickpeas and that worked so much better here. And the inclusion of pan-fried kabanos tasted great. Continue reading

Bacon, Cheese, Onion and Potato Open Pie

Bacon, Cheese, Onion and Potato Open Pie

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