Recipes - Soups & Starters

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Creamy Cauliflower Chowder

Ingredients

  • 1 leek, chopped
  • ½ cauliflower cut into florets
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano chopped
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup quick cooking oats
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • ½ cup crème fraiche
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Garnish

  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped

Makes 4 cups

Preparation

Place chopped leeks in the base of a 2 litre ovenable glass jug and microwave cook on HIGH (100%) for 1 ½ minutes.
Stir in cauliflower, oregano, cayenne, oats and chicken stock. Cover container and cook on HIGH (100%) for 15 minutes, stirring several times.
Uncover, cool slightly then using a hand blender, puree until very smooth.
Season to taste, stir in crème fraiche and reheat on HIGH (100%) for 2 minutes.
Serve hot, garnished with chives.

 

Lamb & Pinenut Rolls

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup toasted pinenuts
  • 2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 250g minced lamb
  • 1 medium brown onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ teas. Sea salt
  • ¼ teas. EACH ground black pepper, cumin powder & allspice powder
  • ¼ cup pinenuts
  • 1 dessertspoon of mint, finely chopped
  • Pastry – 12 sheets filo or puff pastry
  • Canola oil for brushing pastry

Serves – 30 pieces

Preparation

  • Preheat oven at 200 degrees
  • Add oil to a large casserole and heat
  • Add onions, garlic, salt and spices. Cook until onions are soft and then add meat. Stirring gently until meat is light brown.
  • Add pinenuts and mint. Combine well.
  • Cut pastry into 20cm/6” x 10cm/3” rectangles. Roll meat into thin cigar shapes 10cm/3” long and thick as your index finger.
  • Place rolled meat in centre of pastry and roll pastry and at the same time tuck in sides to enclose meat to form a cigar.
  • Place pastries in rows on baking paper on baking tray and lightly brush with oil. Cook for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Tasty TipServe with yoghurt dip

 

Onion Soup with Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 heaped tbsp. butter
  • 500g brown onions thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp. plain flour
  • 1 litre veal or chicken stock
  • 1 potato peeled and grated
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 4-6 rounds toasted, buttered French bread
  • Grated Swiss cheese

Serves 4 – 5

Preparation

  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan, add the onions and stir until soft and golden brown
  • Sprinkle onions with flour and stir to combine
  • Pour in stock; bring to just under the boil
  • Add potato, bay leaves and seasonings to taste
  • Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove bay leaves
  • After reheating, pour soup into individual bowls and serve topped with toasted, buttered bread and grated cheese

Tip:
Best made a day ahead.

Gingered Steamed Scallops

Ingredients

  • ½ tsp finely grated ginger
  • 1 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tblsp Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 250g scallops, cleaned
  • 2 spring onions finely chopped

Serves 4

Preparation

  • Place ginger, oyster sauce, wine and sugar in a small glass jug and zap on HIGH (100%) for 30 seconds.
  • Marinate the scallops in a shallow microwave safe container for 15 minutes.
  • Scatter with spring onion, cover container and zap on MED HIGH (80%) for 2 ½ minutes.
  • Stir through and serve in lettuce cups.

Cauliflower, Leek & Celery Soup With Peas

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup grape seed oil
  • 1 medium brown onion, chopped
  • 2 large leeks, sliced
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • Salt
  • ½ cauliflower broken into florets
  • 1 cup frozen baby peas
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 lt. vegetable stock, heated
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 handful of parsley, chopped
  • Sea salt & white pepper to taste
  • Greek yoghurt to garnish

Serves 4

Preparation

  • In a large PYREX JUG heat oil and place onions, leeks, celery, garlic, thyme and parsley.
  • Cook  on HIGH (100%) 4 -5  minutes until VEGETABLES are soft.
  • Add a pinch of sea salt  & pepper to season,then cauliflorets and peas.
  • Stir vegetables through well to combine.
  • Pour in stock, cover and cook on HIGH (1000%) for 20 minutes, stirring several times.
  • Remove  the soup  from the oven and cool.
  • Blend the soup up to your preferred consistency.
  • Reheat  soup several minutes before serving with a dollop of yoghurt.

 

Tip
A few lumps gives it a hearty look but if you prefer a silky soup then keep whizzing until you’re happy with the results.
Serve with a generous dollop of Greek yoghurt on top so to stir through the soup and give it that extra healthy kick and tasty zing.