Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Category: Soups

Smoked Haddock Chowder

Smoked Haddock Chowder

Is it that time yet? If you’re not quite ready to get your blender out just yet, then this is the perfect soup for you. This recipe is not overly thick or rich and is in fact the perfect mid-season option if you’re looking for a light fish dish to add to your repertoire. Get creative with this one, go ahead and add peas, baby spinach and asparagus. There’s no roux or cream required for this chowder, so it remains light in texture, and if you can refrain from adding cream, light on calories also.

Smoked Haddock Chowder
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Healing Chicken Soup Infused with Turmeric and Ginger

Healing Chicken Soup Infused with Turmeric and Ginger

Maybe you’ve noticed, but I’ve not written a post for a few weeks. It’s because I caught a virus which was bad enough, but then I went ahead got myself a nasty chest infection. The doctor calls it pneumonia. I haven’t baked for weeks and there are so many things I want to try like Honey and Co’s disassembled feta cheesecake and sour cream and pecan loaf. But for now all I’ve managed to muster is some chicken soup.

You might have heard chicken soup being called ‘Jewish Penicillin’ and after doing a bit of reading I discovered that it …

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

The first time I had French onion soup was in L’Entracte brasserie on 1 Rue Auber, opposite the Opera Garnier in Paris. I wrote about it here. The last time I ate French onion soup was this weekend, as the rain and wind swept away the promise of fun and relaxation this Easter weekend. Ok, so I’m exaggerating a little. There were ‘glimpses’ (I think is the term they use on the weather report) of sunshine, and I did manage to plant some sweet peas and go on a bike ride.

I did the obligatory Google-search, and read Felicity …



You probably don’t know what pozole is. I didn’t until recently. In fact I’ll admit that I’m embarrassed at how little I know about Mexican cuisine – despite the fact that I love Mexican-style food so much. Note I’ve used the word ‘style’ because it’s not Mexican food that I’ve always loved, it’s really something else. Call it Tex-Mex, call it what you like but it’s a match made in heaven and sadly the closest thing we’ll get to eating Mexican food outside of Mexico. Corn chips, cheesy dips, anaemic guacamole and Old El Paso packet mixes are about as …

Pease Porridge Hot

When I originally thought of posting a recipe for split pea and ham soup, I knew it was going to be problematic. Like dhal, pea and ham soup is not pretty, but worse, it’s not textured like dhal. In reality it’s one of the ugliest meals you’ll ever eat. I remember when my mum used to make it, she’d throw chunks of red kransky sausage in and it was like digging for treasure. It distracted us from noticing how this tasty soup looks in fact, like grey slop. So instead of showing you photos of this unattractive soup, I thought …

Healthy and Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Soup

It gets harder to be enthusiastic about salads when the weather turns. Fresh, raw vegetables suddenly don’t seem as appetising or satisfying when there’s a chill in the air. But don’t let a craving for comfort food be an excuse not to eat healthy, nutritious food. This chicken soup is an old favourite from a very long time ago when I was in the kitchen at our cafe back in Sydney. This soup is creamy and tasty but not loaded with cream or butter. It is not particularly low in calories mainly due to the creamed corn which is a …

Paleo Laksa

I know you’re probably sick of hearing about paleo recipes on what is essentially a diarised account of gluttony. But how do you think I manage to eat all those delicious goodies without turning into a 250 pound food blogger? Besides, I like to balance the good with the bad, the dark with the light, and the way I manage to stay the slimmest I’ve been in forever, is to stick to a liberal version of the paleo diet. This means taking my cues from the paleo rules of no grains, no potatoes, no dairy, no pulses, no sugar …

Caldo Verde (Green Soup)

I don’t usually buy cabbages like this. Winter cabbages are so hard and have a strong, almost bitter taste. I usually use the Chinese Cabbage which is a softer flavour and texture perfect for stir fries and light sauteing.

However, this winter cabbage is perfect for Caldo Verde, or translated Green Soup, or as interpreted by me, Cabbage Soup. Only sounds appetising if you love cabbage like I do, or are being forced to eat it because you are trying really hard to remove all grains and potatoes from the dinner menu. ; )

Seriously though, I do actually, thankfully, …

Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup

Here’s a mid-week quicky.

I have been eating soups for lunch for many months now and I am tiring of the same old, same old.

So, inspired by my friend L-Mac, I created a lovely little soup that you might like to try.

It is LOW fat, LOW GI and vegetarian.

Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup Recipe


1 smallish sweet potato

half a butternut pumpkin

1 carrot

1 cup of dry red lentils (or so)

2 leeks

2 stalks of celery

2 tsp minced garlic/ or 2 cloves

2 tsp minced ginger

1 large carton, or 4 cups of …

Minestrone Soup

In the southern hemisphere, things are cooling down for Winter.

And so I will post a couple of soups this week.

These soups are low in fat and carbs and make excellent lunches for those watching their weight!

That includes me, because I have been eating altogether too many puddings lately. It’s just not good. I blame the weather.

So this soup is a home recipe that ensures a hearty, flavoursome soup.

Minestrone Soup Recipe


(all ingredients should be chopped into small pieces)

smoked ribs, about a third of a rack or less (or bacon bones)

1 onion

1 …