Monday, 30 June 2008

Pumpkin Soup

I make soup a lot but have never made pumpkin soup before so when it was put as one of the challenge recipe's on I decided the time was right to give it a go. as its something I've been meaning to make for ages its my entry to Ruths bookmarked recipes for this week!

the recipe's from Australian good taste magazine

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 medium brown onions, diced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1kg peeled, deseeded, butternut pumpkin, cut into 2.5cm pieces
  • 1L (4 cups) vegetable stock
  • 125mls (1/2 cup) thin cream (optional)
  • Salt & ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large wide-based saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 4 minutes or until softened.
  2. Increase heat to medium-high, add the cumin, coriander and cinnamon and cook for 1 minute or until aromatic. Add the pumpkin pieces and stir to coat well in the spice mixture.
  3. Add the stock and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes or until the pumpkin is soft.
  4. Use a potato masher to mash together the pumpkin and stock until the soup is almost smooth. Stir the cream through the soup (if using) and season with salt and pepper and serve!

Saturday, 28 June 2008

An Award :-)

I recently received the I love you this much award from the very sweet Ruth of Ruths Kitchen Experiments, a truely great blog, if you've not visited yet please do!. thanks so much Ruth it was so lovely of you & the feelings mutual. I really appreciate all your encouragement!

I would like to pass this award on to Priscilla from a Peek in Priscilla's Kitchen. Priscilla is only 16 years old & has a super blog full of delicious treats and fun pics of her family, cute animals and her life in general. please check out Priscilla's blog if you haven't yet done so!

Monday, 23 June 2008

Tartiflette (cheese & potato bake)

I'm not sure if this version I found on is close to the original tartiflette or not, but it is delicious, (once I started eating it I couldn't stop ;-). I've had it bookmarked to try for some time so am sending it to Ruth for her bookmarked recipes event :-)

here's a link to the recipe

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Chicken With Herbes De Provence

I haven't done much cooking recently but I did manage to fit in time to make this lovely chicken with herbes de provence. its from Bill Granger's book holiday & tho very simple its also very delicious. there's hardly any work to it at all. I've been meaning to make it for ages, so finally having gotten around to it I'm sending it to Ruth for her bookmarked recipes event.

1 free range chicken (or pieces)
olive oil to drizzle
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
2 tea spoons herbes de provence

wash chicken inside out & pat dry with kitchen paper. if using whole chicken you can spatchcock it (remove back bone and flatten chook)

cut deep slashes in the flesh of chicken (or pieces) drizzle with olive oil season with salt & pepper and sprinkle with the herbs.

put chook in large roasting tin, breast side up and roast untill cooked. leave to rest 5 minutes before carving.

Chocolate banana muffins

I love muffins, so quick and easy to mix up and always delicious.  try these chocolate and banana muffins, you will love them! linking to ...