January 14, 2012 by potatoface
It’s winter. It’s cold and dark outside, quite miserable really, with occasional heavy winds. To cheer yourself up and make yourself feel warm you’ve got two options: 1. start heavily drinking or: 2.have some soup. I know what you are thinking – first option seems somehow very, very tempting. But think about your liver. Think about all the money it would cost you. Soup is so much cheaper.
So here you go. A recipe for a nice, warming soup. It’s nothing like a glass of wine but trust me, it does the trick.
can of chopped tomatoes
cup of red lentils
pinch of cayenne pepper
basil, oregano, thyme, bay leaf
1 spoon of olive oil
knob of butter
1. Boil 1.5 litres of water.
2. Peel, wash and dice parsnip, carrot and potatoes, add to boiling water.
3. Add salt, olive oil and lentils. Cover and simmer till vegetables and lentils are soft.
4. Using blender turn everything into a creamy soup but don’t go crazy, it’s nice to have chunks here and there.
5. Heat up your soup, add chopped tomatoes and simmer for a while. Add herbs and cayenne pepper. At the end add a knob of butter. Serve with some nice bread.
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June 9, 2011 by potatoface
My love of risotto runs deep. It is a dish with character and personality. It is almost like me – it needs attention, if you can’t give enough, it turns nasty.
I mentioned before that you can hardly ever have good risotto in a restaurant or a pub if it’s not run by a devoted Italian family.
I was embarrassed by Boyfriend’s father once in a very nice pub. As it happens, the only vegetarian option was mushroom risotto and based on my experience I expected it to be horrible. And it was. You couldn’t find mushrooms in it with a magnifying glass, tasted of nothing and it was overcooked. I bitched about it for 5 minutes, just because I love bitching. Then the waitress came and asked if we liked the food and Boyfriend’s dad said : ‘Yes, food was really good, apart from risotto, but that’s just because she can make it better’. I was afraid to have a desert because I expected them to spit in it. And who can blame them.
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