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Leek and Potato Soup




There is nothing more warming after a day cheering the children from the sidelines in the cold wind and pouring rain than a steaming bowl of soup. To serve with warm crusty homemade bread you either neither to be ultra efficient or have a partner in crime to put in the oven as you are on your way home.   These days lots of places sell freshly baked so I am guilty of resorting to picking up a loaf on the way.


Many soups need to be made  early on and left to cook but this one I can get away with making and serving once all the potatoes are soft and falling apart.  Just time enough for them to get out of the shower as I throw the ingredients together and then I can shower and warm whilst it cooks.

Ingredients 
Oil
Onions chopped
Leeks sliced  lots I like it thick and warming
Potatoes cut into small pieces – again lots 
Sherry  – a good splash of this
Chicken stock
Cream and parsley for decoration



Heat the oil gently then add the onions and leeks .  Let them soften rather than fry.  It will not take long so be careful to keep an eye as they can turn quickly.

Add the potatoes.   Stir well then add the good splash of sherry – this is of course optional but the alcohol cooks off and the piquancy of the sherry brings out a fresh depth of flavour in the potatoes.   

Add the chicken stock and bring it to the boil.  If there is not enough liquid, water can be added or if you have some vegetable water add this.  Once boiling turn it to simmer and allow the potatoes to soften and fall apart when touched with a knife probably about 20 minutes.
I use my hand blender in the pan but some people prefer to liquidise and place in a fresh pan.   Serve it from the pan or add to your soup tureen and decorate with the cream and parsley.  Serve with a warm crusty bed and feel the warmth radiate from your insides.   Windy wet sports pitches will be a distant memory in no time.


Enjoy,  let me know what you do to your soups to enhance them. When do you enjoy a bowl of steaming soup?

I always try to make extra for the week ahead, unfortunately one bowl is never enough so there is never any left for my weekday lunches.


Tiggy 

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Oven Chips

Not everybody has a deep fat fryer in the kitchen or the luxury of a chippy in close proximity to their home.

This is an easy recipe that anyone can do.

Ingredients
Potatoes cut into large chips
Lard rather than oil
Paprika

Add the chip potatoes to a pan of water  and bring them to the boil

In the meantime melt the lard in a hot oven

When the potatoes are soft but still in shape drain them and add them to the melted lard sprinkle with paprika and put in the oven for about an hour.

Serve and enjoy.

Tiggy

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Simply Sausages

Sometimes I like to serve something different to sausage and mash, but in a family where they are all wary of anything different it is quite a challenge.  This disappeared of the table so quickly it became an instant hit.  I use cheap pork sausages, sometimes the thin ones so they all seem to be getting more.


Ingredients
Butter
Onions – sliced
Bacon lardons
Brown sugar a good generous sprinkling
Sausages – cut into half or even thirds if they are really big
Potatoes cut into 1cm diced squares 
Tomato puree again a good squeeze
Chicken stock enough to cover the whole dish 

I use a roasting dish to make this one but a casserole dish or even the slow cooker would work as well.



Melt the butter and add the onions cooking in a high heat, for about 5 minutes.  Watch them, stir if necessary.






Add the bacon lardons and a good sprinkling of brown sugar.  Give these about 10 minutes before adding the sausages and allowing them to brown slightly.





Add the diced potatoes, tomato puree and the chicken stock making sure the stock covers everything.  







Cook for at least an hour allowing the potatoes to be soft and the mixture to have thickened into a delicious tomato sauce.  If it starts to dry out add a little more water towards the end.  

Serve with vegetables of your choice.  I chose broccoli to give a splash of colour, but beans would go.  I have added eating apple to the dish which complements it.  See what you think!


The only reason my family didn’t help themselves to thirds and even fourths was it ran out.   I am thinking of doubling up next time, but this would make a great kids meal if you are not sure how many youngsters you have to feed.



Enjoy and let me know how you get on.

Tiggy 


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