Thursday, June 16th, 2011

bread soup

One of my favourite things to do on a Saturday morning is to get up and head down to my local bakery and grab a nice fresh loaf of bread, come home fill the little moka with coffee, sit down and enjoy a thick slice of fresh bread topped with butter and homemade jam

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Wild mushroom soup with truffle oil dressing

Portobello, Oyster, Shiitake, White, Crimini, Button, Dried, Fresh, Maitake, Enoki, girolles, trompettes de mort, Chanterelle, golden needle.. All these beautiful words sound like something out of a fairytale. They spill out of your mouth with such ease and sound so lovely to the ear. I almost feel guilty about eating such beautiful sounding food!

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Vietnamese pho

In the middle of last year I was fortunate enough to be able to take three months off work to go and explore the world.  My journey took me to the banks of the Yangtze River, to the fast-living streets of Hong Kong, to a sleepy town in the Arctic Circle where the Aurora Borealis [...]

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Garlic croutons

Croutons are a quick and easy addition to any good soup. Yet they provide such a lift of texture and buttery goodness that they become a mandatory addition to any good soup.

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Feel good chicken broth

This time last year saw me with the mother of all colds. I was miserable, snotty and high on paracetamol. Enter my heroic boyfriend with a pot of steaming broth – he scored some brownie points that day, that’s for sure.

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Courgette soup

During the working week Paul is a very skilled (and handy to know) technician in our Dunedin office.  Each week he commutes from the Deep South, where he spends his weekends cooking his way through culinary mags and tending to his vast vegetable garden.  When asked to share a recipe with the Our Kitchen team, [...]

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Pumpkin soup

Soup is synonymous with winter. It is the culinary embodiment of dark, wintry nights spent indoors curled up with a good book in front of the fire. It is the ultimate comfort food, especially when served with warm crusty bread spread generously with salted butter.

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Brown onion soup

My ex-flatmate and friend Cat used to make brown onion soup on a cold winter night. It was so lovely to come home to caramelising onions and sweet balsamic; such a comforting smell which made the house feel warm and homely.
By looking just at the ingredients, it may look like a recipe from the famine, but the taste is refined and dignified.

Saturday, May 29th, 2010


While I haven’t had the opportunity to travel to Spain yet, it’s definitely near the top of my list ‘places in the world I have to make it to one day’. Andalusia in the southern region of Spain is where this recipe originates from – with its Mediterranean climate, history and great food, it sounds [...]

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Chicken consommé

In the summer months I am all about light food, tending to steer away clear from soups because they leave me feeling ‘stodgy’. Not all soups are like that, though. For example chicken consommé—which I will always remember as it was the first soup we were taught when I was training as a chef—makes a [...]

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Spicy chorizo, chickpea and tomato soup

Winter for me starts with soup-making motivation stirred by the first sight of the new season veggies. I make a huge batch which is then either eaten as lunch and dinner for the next few days, or frozen in an assortment of plastic containers. I find the trouble with freezing a large quantity of the [...]

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