Sunday, January 4, 2009

Something to Warm Those Toes

My go-to source for substantial, comforting soups has always been the first Avoca book and this one certainly hits the spot on a cold winter's day.

Tomato, Lentil and Orange Soup

50g butter
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 orange, zested and flesh chopped
50g red lentils
1 x 400g tin tomatoes
300ml vegtable stock ( I use Marigold boullion)
  • melt butter and cook onion for approx 10 mins until soft
  • add garlic for 1 min
  • add orange zest and flesh, lentils, tomatoes and stock
  • bring to the boil and simmer for 20 mins
  • puree, adding more stock if it is to thick

I Guess Somebody Liked It!!

At Christmas time it's always a good idea to have something in the fridge that can spice up those leftovers. I made this a few years ago and it disappeared in a flash so I decided to do it again, as well as being good with leftovers it really jazzes up a cheese sandwich. The recipe comes from Paul Flynn's 'An Irish Adventure with Food, The Tannary Cookbook', which has recently been re-issued with a new cover (and hopefully some more proof-reading - the font changes on random pages in the original).

Red Pepper and Chilli Relish
makes approx 5 jars (750g)

50g caster sugar
60ml white wine vinegar
5 red peppers, de-seeded and chopped
1 red chilli, de-seeded and chopped
2" piece of fresh ginger, grated
1 clove garlic, grated
2 x tins (400g each) tomatoes, blended
2 leaves gelatine
  • put sugar and vinegar in a pan and bring to the boil
  • add pepper and cook for 2 mins
  • add chilli, garlic, ginger and tomatoes, season, cook for another 15 mins and then remove from the heat
  • soak the gelatine in a bowl of cold water
  • when gelatine is soft, squeeze off excess water and stir into pepper mix off the heat
  • fill sterilised jars with relish
To sterilise jars either:
  • run through a dishwasher cycle and fill while still warm, or
  • place in 150 deg C oven for 15 mins - again fill while still warm
In theory this should keep in the fridge for 2-3 months, however it never lasts that long in my house!!