Japanese Chicken and Rice Soup

This soup is pretty quick to prepare so ideal for a mid-week supper. The Japanese element is brought by the mirin and miso paste – both essential in Japanese cooking. Mirin is a type of rice wine, though with a lower alcohol content than sake. Miso is a paste made of fermented soybeans which adds a wonderful savoury…

Creamy Squash Soup

Creamy Squash Soup

Is there any better soup than one you make yourself? Yes, one that is super easy to make. Most of the work in this soup is done by the oven so you can do something else as the squash becomes sweet and tender in the oven. And the roasted garlic is just delicious. The addition of the…

Chicken and Corn Chowder

For me, autumn is my favourite time of year. I love the changing colours, the crisp sunny mornings, hot chocolate, thick socks, bonfires, and comfort food. Gone are the salads and bright colours of summer. Autumnal food is pies, stews and soups. One of my favourite types of stew is a chowder. Packing it full…

Salmon Chowder

The recipe I followed is actually called ‘Alaskan Wild Salmon Chowder’. However, Alaskan salmon is that readily available in down-town Nottingham, so instead I went with Salmon from the British frozen north – Scotland. I made a few other substitutions. For instance, I used a few celery sticks instead of the celery root that the…

Bloody Eyeball Soup

Bloody Eyeball Soup

Take some cherry tomatoes, cut in half and scoop out the seeds. Place a mozzarella pearl into each shell, then make a small incision. Take a basil leaf and roll into a tight cigar shape. Cut a slice of the basil leaf and press into the incision in the mozzarella to form the centre of…

Corn and Cheese Chowder

If you are anything like me, when it is cold outside you crave comfort food. If this is the case, then the following dinner will hit the spot! Be warned however, like most comfort food, it’s heavy on the calories. Corn (or sweetcorn) chowder is a well known and simple dish, but here it is…