I crave this soup, even during the hot summers and make it almost every week.
It is so quick to prepare, no blender, no chopping and you end up with a satiny purée and a bit of texture – it is just divine.
My Scottish mother-in-law was not too fond of cooking but she made this soup when I went to her home for the very first time in Irvine and I loved it so much that she made it for me each time I visited. This is her recipe.
It has no added fats, is so healthy and wholesome and if you are craving comfort food try this for a healthy option. I have mine as it is but you can put one of those fresh mozzarella balls in the bottom of the bowl or a fresh Maltese gbejna before pouring the hot soup in serve it with the option of grated parmigiano reggiano. It is just delicious and gets rid of all those hunger pangs very quickly !
I am into making preserves, jams and chutneys at the moment. The abundance of fruits on this small island inspire me, their ripeness and freshness, straight from the tree into the pan. It’s like preserving the freshness for the winter when the local variety will no longer be available. I like cutting my own fruit…. I love being outdoors, the clear blue skies and … Read More Melon Chili Ginger Chutney… and a new way for sterilizing !
And the feast of Santa Maria ! The feast of Santa Maria took place this week, a public holiday to spend with family and friends, with magnificent firework displays all over the island, full of life and celebration, loud, noisy and joyous. Food stalls in the streets, a day for the people to enjoy, whether devout believers or not, most of them in their … Read More Follow the story of the tallest chocolate building in the world
Watermelon is so refreshing and at the peak of its season now so i think its a good idea to take advantage while the price is low to stock up and store some for the winter months. We have spent the last month eating watermelon for breakfast with yoghurt, for lunch with local goats cheese and making endless fresh juices and home made … Read More Watermelon Chili Preserve
As the evening approaches, the weather is cooling down slightly and there is a gentle breeze. The summers here bring abundant fresh fruit and vegetables and for tonight I am using fresh ingredients with reduced cooking time to retain all the flavors and goodness. I am preparing baked crustless ricotta in earthenware dishes, a salad of roasted vegetables with local limes and olive oil … Read More Quick meals: Baked crustless Ricotta and roasted vegetable salad
From an island of dreams ….. And from the simple chocolatey Rocky Road to the largest and most complex chocolate creation in the world ever. Why do I write about this ? Because I have an open invitation from one of the world’s most talented chocolate artists to spend time with him while he builds the tallest chocolate creation ever. This promises to be … Read More The tallest chocolate building in the world ! an awesome talent …
Boys especially seem to love Rocky Road. My daughter first made it when she was in high school in the UK. At the time, it was not so popular yet outside the US although I am told that Rocky Road actually originates from Australia. She very quickly became known as The Queen of Rocky Road as she took it in with her to school … Read More The Queen of Rocky Road
This week sees the start of the prickly pear season on the island. I never considered myself to be a huge fan of this fruit until very recently when I tasted it just as it should be … eaten nearly as soon as it is cut. The flesh is moist, succulent and totally different, the seeds silky and smooth… not as trendy as passion … Read More Prickly Pear Season has arrived…Introducing the Prickly Pear Tart !
It happens once in a while when you try something out and you know that you will make it again and again. This weekend I wanted to make a cobbler and looked up several recipes with a plan to bake it in a tart shell as it is a far better way to plate. Everything looks neat and tidy in a tart! As I … Read More Turns out yummy ! Pineapple and Coconut Cobbler Tart
Janell and Elaine with Doris at the fishmongers! How lovely it was to have Janell and Elaine, two very lovely American ladies from Minesota, come to visit and cook with me! Janell and Elaine are both university professors from St Cloud State University. They are very well travelled and Janell’s knowledge of international cuisine is awesome. It is one of her hobbies to travel … Read More Cooking with Janell and Elaine from Minnesota! What a pleasure it was…
A combination of yummy and heaven, this is food that touches the soul. A compote of fresh figs in lime juice and zest enveloped in Greek yoghurt and scattered with pistachios…. How much better can it get ? And I make a batch of compote and keep it in an airtight container in the fridge and it lasts for up to a week…. You … Read More A simple healthy breakfast… Greek yoghurt with fig compote and pistachios
Everyone is busy today, start of a new week before shut down on the island when a good number of businesses actually completely shut down for a week or two in the height of the summer. I don’t quite understand it yet. It is a tradition I suppose which does not quite make sense for international trade where it is business as usual for … Read More Quick weekday meal: Rigatoni with Fileja Herb Mix