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There are times, especially during the cold winter months, when we all hanker after a chunky hearty filling soup that bursts with flavours, … and make it hot and spicy, like I did, or tone down the heat to your liking.

It’s well worth the little effort to create such a soup. It is filling and satisfying, and even delights guests!

Apart from the sausages plus chorizo you may well have the ingredients already in the kitchen, or adapt them to what you have.
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Rinderrouladen with Sweet Potaoes, Mushrooms and Steamed  Broccoli  (Click on all photos for full size)

Rinderrouladen with Sweet Potaoes, Mushrooms, Pickled Red Cabbage and Steamed Broccoli
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Finally, I made another German dish. It’s a classic one, however I added a little twist, rolling in even more yummy goodness.

Recipe:

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Cottage Pie – England
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A bubbling sizzling Cottage Pie is ready to be served. let me add to the age-old British debate, what’s the difference between Cottage Pie and Shepherds Pie? From what I understand, Shepherds Pie is made with minced lamb, whereas Cottage Pie is made with minced beef.

Traditionally, a British housewife would make a Cottage Pie the day after the Sunday roast. Of course the roast was beef with vegetables. So, she would cut up finely all the ingredients, make a little roux or use gravy left overs, mix it all up, and then spread a layer of mashed potatoes over it and let it all brown up in the oven.

I decided to check up a variety of top British chefs, such as Delia Smith and others, pick out all the ingredients they offered (meaning, I actually stuck to the *overall* British recipe), and assembled my own dish. Thus, for example, one of the chefs I consulted, mentioned tomato paste, others tomato ketchup, or a tin of tomatoes others just chopped fresh tomatoes. I decided to use both fresh chopped tomatoes and a tin of chopped ones. However, previously I used freshly chopped tomatoes and tomato purée. What I am saying is, what I am offering here is what I and my dinner guests enjoyed, however it’s just a guideline. Just like, for certain, most British housewives made their own variation the day after the Sunday roast.

I took this mini micro video just before serving. Next time I shall use the camera in the horizontal / landscape way 😉 (if you increase the volume, you’ll actually hear it sizzling)

Recipe:

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German lentil Soup

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The lentil soup is pretty much a family staple food in Germany. Although this is a classic soup / one-pot-dish, every family has their own variants re the ingredients, meaning every family develops their own traditions how they like their lentil soup best.

For some it’s just soupy with lentils and sausages, for others it’s a full blown meal with loads of veggies in it. Here is my version of it with suggestions as my Bavarian grandmother would cook it: with “Speck”.

(Although Wikipedia traces its origins to Austria and Italy, Speck is very traditional to Germany. It is not for the super lean cuisine conscious folk, but I challenge anyone who experiences the delicious and mouth watering cooking smells wafting enticingly through the home not to develop a very healthy and hearty appetite!!

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Ghanaian - West African - Peanut Soup

This recipe originally was given to me by my Ghanaian friend, Patricia, but I needed to tweak it to suit my taste buds (read: add more chillies and give it more oompf!!). My dear friend still thinks she should tone down the spiciness for her Caucasian food lover … not so, please! I prefer a wild taste bud party with fire!

I have also discovered that this dish is ideally suited for a large slow cooker and cooked for best part of a day on a low heat. That way the chilli spiciness is not harsh but mellows in beautifully and allowing all the flavours to mature and blend nicely.

If you’re up for an unusual peanut soup with chicken or any poultry, here is the recipe:

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Sep
08

Autumnal Vegetable Soup

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Autumnal Vegetable Soup


The other day my dear friend Simone invited me over to spend a lovely afternoon and evening with her. Ever the outstanding hostess and brilliant chef, she produced this delicious tomato soup from fresh ingredients. It was totally amazing. So tonight I decided to cook it lest I forget how she did it. I added a few other ingredients and did some small short-cuts to make it really simple, in fact you can use any autumnal veggies and play around with it.

Unfortunately the battery of my camera was dead, so I used my iPhone to take the pictures. The soup is delicious and quickly made … definitely a winner!

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Spanish Rice with Chicken

Well, Germany did not win the World Cup, yesterday, Spain did. Congratulations and well done for a great team performance! Actually, lucky me, I have more Spanish family than German family, so there was still a reason for celebrating!

So, here is my version of Spanish Rice

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Jul
04

Avocado Salmon Wrap

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Half munched wrap ... sorry! Was too delicious and forgot to take a pic of the finished (and uneaten) wrap ....

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This is ‘Dinner for One’. I fancied playing around with a food wrap and literally looked around my kitchen and fridge what I could use.

I tend to have a variety of home sprouted seeds, as a staple alfalfa and mungbean seeds sprouted. I love them, they are so cheap and easy to grow and there is always something fresh and nutritions in the kitchen.

Well, I decided to take pictures, stage by stage of my creation, but in the end I forgot to take a picture of the end result. Got carried away and started munching. I noticed it half way through my delicious wrap.

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Fortnum & Mason of Piccadilly, London - Christmas shop window decoration. The theme was 12 Days of Christmas

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Christmas time, to me, has a serene and serious meaning of remembering the joy of Christ pouring out His love to this world, whether He was actually born on the 25th of December is irrelevant ….. Christmas also has a certain childlike magic to me of fairytales and a lot of fun. In London there is a fabulous shop, one of my favourites, Fortnum & Mason at Piccadilly (very expensive, though!). It usually has spectacular window displays, so here is one I took a photo of. Granted it’s not a duck but a goose, but it will have to suffice.

Actually, in Germany, the traditional Christmas bird to roast is not a turkey but a goose. Sometimes people also use ducks, so this recipe is for a duck.

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Piping hot Cornish Pasty - nose and taste buds tantalizing pure West-Country delight!

Late Grandma Pengelly, my former mother-in-law, took great pains to teach me how to make a proper Cornish pasty as enjoyed generations back. In fact it must have been the first and most important Cornish family tradition to pass on to the then new daughter-in-law.

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Jul
01

Ghanaian Goat Curry

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Goat Curry Ingredients .... as I learnt them from my Ghanaian friend

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Since 1988, I’ve had strong connections with Africans and I am happy to say that some dear friendships resulted which have lasted till today.

Needless to say, I was also enjoying their generosity when it came to new and interesting foods. So here is one recipe I made many times at home and has become my own family favourite.

This recipe was graciously given to me by my Ghanaian friend Patricia.

 

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