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Green leaves and potato soup

These sunny-but-cool days & lengthening nights sing to me of soup, soup and more soup – and this is a great way to use up any bolting rocket or snaily kale!

Fresh from the garden: rocket, silverbeet, kale, potatoes, basil
Recipe source: Melissa
Serves: 6 or 24 tastes

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Equipment:

  • Kettle
  • Scales
  • Chopping boards & knives, scissors
  • Peelers, garlic press
  • Bowls – big
  • Salad spinner
  • Large stockpot
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measures –jug, tablespoon
  • Stick blender/ handheld mixer
  • Ladle
  • Serving bowls
Ingredients:

  • 500g waxy potatoes like Kipflers
  • A small bunch of spring onions
  • A small bunch of rocket
  • A handful silverbeet
  • A handful kale
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 1 litre water
  • 1 tablespoon bouillon
  • Black pepper
  • A bunch of basil

What to do:

  • Fill the kettle and, making sure you have dry hands, set it to boil.
  • Scrub the potatoes under running cold water (do not peel!) & cut into 2cm cubes.
  • Peel the garlic cloves and squeeze them through the garlic press. Wash & trim the spring onions and slice into finger-width pieces.
  • Melt butter in the large stockpot over medium heat and sauté the spring onion and garlic for a minute, and then add the potato cubes and turn so that the potato cubes sweat in the butter.
  • Meanwhile wash the rocket in several changes of water and spin dry. Roll up and slice into thin ribbons. Wash the silverbeet in several changes of water and shake dry. Slice or cut the leaves up the middle to remove the stems, then chop them into 1cm pieces. Roll up the leaves and finely slice them into ribbons.
  • Wash the kale leaves and shake dry. Cut or tear the leaves from the stalks, chop the stalks into half-finger-width pieces, and slice up the leaves into ribbons.
  • Carefully measure the boiling water and the bouillon into the pot of potatoes and stir. Bring it to a boil, then turn down to a simmer, cover and cook gently over low heat for 10 minutes, then add the silverbeet and kale stalks.
  • Cook for 2 minutes – check that the potato is tender, then stir in rocket, silverbeet and kale leaves. Increase heat to medium and simmer for another 2 minutes. If it’s really thick you may need to add another cup of hot water and pinch of salt.
  • Wash the basil and pick the leaves from the stalks, spin dry.
  • With dry hands, plug in the stick blender and carefully blitz the soup until it is silky smooth. Add the basil leaves and blitz again.
  • Taste for correct seasoning and ladle into bowls to serve.

Notes: How many different procedures are there here? Why do we want the potato to ‘sweat’?

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Moroccan chickpea hotpot

As soon as the weather starts to chill, our thoughts turn to hearty veggie soups and stews…

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From the garden: onion, garlic, celery, carrot, coriander
Recipe source: Melissa
Serves: 6 at home or 24 tastes

Equipment:

  • Kettle
  • Chopping boards and knives
  • Stockpot
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measures – jug, tablespoon, teaspoon, ¼ teaspoon
  • C0lander
  • Paper towel
  • Scissors
  • Serving bowls
  • Ladle

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 litre boiling water and a tablespoon of bouillon (or 1 litre stock)
  • 1 brown onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • A pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 2 tins diced tomatoes
  • 1 tin chickpeas
  • A small handful fresh coriander

What to do:

  • Fill the kettle and set it to boil.
  • Peel and coarsely chop the onion. Peel and crush the garlic.
  • Wash and trim the ends from the celery and thinly slice. Wash, peel and finely chop the carrot.
  • Heat the oil in the stockpot over medium-low heat. Add the onion, celery and carrot and cook, stirring occasionally, for 7 minutes or until the onion is soft. Add the garlic, ground cumin, sweet paprika, ground ginger and the ground cinnamon and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until aromatic.
  • Add the tomato and hot water and bouillon (or stock) and bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, partially covered, for 10 minutes.
  • Rinse and drain the chickpeas and add to the pot, cooking for 2 minutes or until heated through. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Wash and pat the coriander dry and finely snip with scissors into tiny pieces.
  • Ladle the soup among serving bowls. Sprinkle with coriander and serve immediately.

Notes: What does cumin smell like? Where does the bouillon live? What is a hotpot?

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Green herb soup

You can use any herbs here depending on what you have fresh – we use a combination of mint, sage, tarragon, thyme, rosemary, basil and marjoram. Herbilicious!

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Fresh from the garden: potatoes, spring onions, lettuce, lemon, herbs
Recipe source: adapted from a recipe by Delia Smith
Serves: 6 or 24 tastes

Equipment:

  • Kettle
  • Scales
  • Chopping boards and knives
  • Scissors, colander
  • Bowls – big, small
  • Large stockpot
  • Wooden spoon
  • Salad spinner
  • Citrus juicer
  • Measures – jug, tablespoon
  • Stick blender
  • Soup bowls or cups
Ingredients:

  • 1 litre boiling water and tablespoon of bouillon or 1 litre light stock
  • 350g potatoes
  • 10 spring onions
  • 300g lettuce leaves
  • 50g butter
  • A large handful of fresh herbs
  • A lemon
  • 150ml cream
  • Flaked salt and fresh black pepper

 

What to do:

  • Fill the kettle and set it to boil.
  • Scrub the potatoes until they are absolutely clean and then cut into thick slices and then cubes.
  • Snip the very end of the spring onions so that there are no roots remaining. Wash under cold water and then thinly slice the whole onion, green ends too.
  • Melt the butter in the stockpot, and stir in the thinly sliced spring onions and the cubed potatoes. Stir and cook over a gentle heat so the vegetables soften gently without browning.
    Meanwhile wash the lettuce leaves in several changes of water and shake dry. Roll up a handful of lettuce leaves at a time and then cut into thin ribbons. This is called shredding.
  • Wash the herbs and spin them dry. Pick off the leaves and chop any coarse leaves into small pieces. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the halves.
  • Now stir in the shredded lettuce. Get it all nicely coated with butter. Then add the stock or hot water and bouillon, bring to simmering point, cover and cook gently for about 10 minutes or just long enough for the potatoes to soften.
  • Carefully remove the pot from the heat, add the chopped fresh herbs and cream and blend it all together with the stick blender until smooth.
  • Add lemon juice to taste, a little at a time, and checking seasoning as you go.
  • Ladle into soup cups or bowls and serve!

Notes: What are coarse leaves? How do you shred lettuce? Where is the bouillon stored?

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Minestrone

Jamie says, “Save the rinds from your Parmesan cheese and pop into your soup for some extra flavour, just remember to remove before serving – those little piece of rind that you’d normally throw away are super tasty and not to be wasted.”

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Fresh from the garden: loads!
Recipe source: adapted from a recipe on Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution
Serves: 8 or 30 tastes

Equipment:

  • Chopping boards & knives
  • Peeler
  • Large stockpot
  • Measures: jug, ½ cup, tablespoon, teaspoon
  • Scales
  • Salad spinner
  • Mixing bowls – big, med, small
  • Grater
  • Scissors
  • Wooden spoon
  • Ladle
  • Serving bowls

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 red onion
  • 1 large potato
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 small leek
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • A teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 litre vegetable stock or boiling water and 1 tablespoon bouillon
  • Large handful kale
  • ½ cup small pasta
  • A bunch of basil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 50g parmesan cheese

What to do:

    • Peel and finely chop the onion. Peel the potato under running water and then dice. Peel and chop the garlic. Wash and finely chop the carrots. Wash and finely chop the celery, including the leaves. Wash and finely chop the zucchini. Wash the leek thoroughly, peeling back the layers under running water, and finely slice.
    • Heat a large pot over a medium heat and add a lug of olive oil. Throw in the onion and fry it gently until it starts to smell fantastic. Add the garlic, carrots, celery, zucchini, leek, oregano and bay leaf and cook slowly for about 10 minutes, stirring now and then, until the vegetables have softened.
    • Add the tomatoes, potato, drained and rinsed chickpeas and vegetable stock or hot water and bouillon, then cover with a lid and bring everything slowly to the boil. Simmer for another 5 minutes.
    • Meanwhile wash the kale and shake dry, then remove the stalks (and discard) and chop the leaves into thin ribbons. Wash the basil, pick the leaves and spin them dry. Measure the parmesan and grate it.
    • Add the kale and pasta, and cook for 10 more minutes, until the pasta is cooked. If the soup is too thick for you after cooking the pasta, thin it with a little more hot water.
    • Snip the basil leaves with scissors into thin ribbons and then stir into the soup with a grind of black pepper. Taste to check the seasoning and add more salt or pepper if needed.
    • Finish by ladling into soup bowls and sprinkling a little Parmesan on. Serve!

Notes: Where does minestrone originate? What is parmesan rind? What is another name for chickpeas?

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Spinach and parsley soup

This is such a lovely soup, full of flavour, verdant and vibrant! And made even more delicious by the addition of sour cream and snippets of chives at the end. We also add silverbeet, rainbow chard & even tatsoi to the spinach if we have it.

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Fresh from the garden: potatoes, spinach, parsley, onion, celery, chives
Recipe source: Melissa
Serves: 6 or 24 tastes

Equipment:

  • Kettle
  • Chopping board & knife
  • Bowls – large, med, small
  • Colander
  • Garlic press
  • Potato peelers
  • Large stockpot
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measuring: jug,1/2 cup, tablespoon, teaspoon
  • Salad spinner
  • Paper towel
  • Scissors
  • Stick blender
  • Ladle
  • Serving bowls
Ingredients:

  • 1 brown onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 large all-purpose potatoes
  • 2 bunches spinach
  • Small bunch celery
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1½ litres stock or boiling water and 1½  tablespoons bouillon
  • A large handful parsley
  • Flaked salt & black pepper
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • A small handful chives 

What to do:

  • Fill the kettle and set it to boil.
  • Peel, halve and coarsely chop the onion.Squeeze the garlic through the garlic press. Peel the potatoes under running water and chop into 2cm cubes.
  • Wash the spinach in several changes of water and shake dry. Trim the stems and then slice stems and leaves into pieces 1cm wide.
  • Wash and drain the celery and chop the stalks and leaves into small dice.
  • Heat the oil in stockpot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until soft. Add the garlic, cumin,celery and potato and sweat for about a minute until aromatic.
  • Increase heat to high. Add the stock or hot water and bouillon to the pot and bring to the boil. Add the spinach stalks and reduce heat to medium. Simmer gently for 10 minutes until the potato is tender.
  • Meanwhile wash the parsley and spin dry. Finely chop and reserve. Wash and dry the chives carefully in a piece of paper towel, then snip into TINY 1mm-long pieces with scissors. Reserve.
  • Add the chopped spinach leaves to the soup and cook for 2-3 minutes until the spinach wilts.
  • Remove the pot from the heat, add the parsley and using the stick blender, whizz the soup until smooth. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.
  • Swirl in the sour cream, ladle among serving bowls and add a sprinkle of chives.

Notes: What is an all-purpose potato? What does cumin smell like?

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Purple carrot soup

Carrot soup? Why not?! And this one is made with our beautiful purple variations – although our normal orange carrots will taste just as delicious – but I wonder if the soup will be purple too?

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From the garden: purple carrots, leeks, celery, potatoes, chives, coriander
Recipe source: Melissa
Serves: 6 or 24 tastes

Equipment:

  • Chopping board & knife
  • Small paring knife& scissors
  • Bowls – large, medium
  • Potato peelers
  • Kitchen paper
  • 1 heavy-based stockpot & lid
  • Wooden spoon
  • Stick blender
  • 2 teaspoons
  • Serving bowls

  

What to do:

Ingredients:

  • 1.5lt boiling water and 1.5 tablespoons bouillon (or vegetable stock)
  • 4 large purple carrots
  • 1 large leek
  • 1 onion
  • 3 large stalks of celery
  • 3 medium potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 50g butter
  • Small bunch chives & coriander
  • 150ml sour cream
  • Flaked salt and black pepper
  • Fill the kettle and set it to boil.
  • Scrub the carrots under running water but don’t peel. Grate & reserve into a medium bowl.
  • Wash the leeks well, inserting a slit down the middle of each and rinsing out any dirt. Trim and chop finely. Peel and chop the onion. Wash the celery and shake dry, and snip into fine slices.
  • Peel the potatoes over the sink and wash thoroughly. Chop into 2cm cubes.
  • Melt the butter in the large thick-based saucepan, then add the prepared leeks, onion, celery, potato and carrot and sprinkle in the spices. Stir them around so that they’re coated with the melted butter.
  • Next sprinkle in some salt then cover with a lid and let the vegetables sweat over a very gentle heat for about 15 minutes, giving the mixture a good stir about halfway through.
  • After that, add the hot water and bouillon, bring everything up to simmering point and simmer, covered, for about 10-15 minutes or until the vegetables are quite tender. Then remove the pan from the heat and when it has cooled a little, liquidise the soup with the stick blender and check to see if seasoned correctly.
  • Wash the chives and coriander, carefully shake dry & roll up in a piece of kitchen paper to dry. Snip or chop finely.
  • When ready to serve, stir the soup and then swirl in the sour cream. Then ladle in to bowls and garnish each one with the snipped chives and coriander.

Notes: Why don’t we peel the carrots in this recipe? What does to sweat vegetables mean?

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Leek soup

The classics keep coming back, and for good reason! Here’s another 70’s soup…

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Fresh from the garden: leeks, celery, onion, potatoes, garlic, thyme
Recipe source: Melissa
Serves: 6 or 24 tastes

Equipment:

  • Kettle
  • Chopping boards and knives
  • Bowls – big, medium
  • Peelers
  • Paper towel
  • Scissors
  • Stockpot, wooden spoon
  • Measures: jug, tablespoon
  • Ladle
  • Stick blender
  • Serving bowls
  • Teaspoons

 

Ingredients:

  • 50g butter
  • 3 leeks
  • 1 brown onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 3 medium potatoes
  • 1.5 litres water with a tablespoon and a half of bouillon (or 1.5 litres stock)
  • A small handful of thyme sprigs
  • 100ml single cream

 

What to do:

  • Fill the kettle and set to boil.
  • Wash the leeks, slicing open half way to wash off all the dirt, slicing off the very end of the roots and the really spiky green parts of the leaves and discarding. Chop into 1cm rings or slices.
  • Peel and chop the onion and garlic cloves.
  • Peel the potatoes under running water and chop into 2cm cubes.
  • Wash and shake the celery dry and chop into thin slices, including the leaves.
  • Wash the thyme and gently dry it in a piece of paper towel.
  • In the stockpot over medium heat, place the butter and melt. Add the onion and gently cook for a few minutes, and once translucent add the leeks, garlic and celery. Cook for a few minutes until everything softens slightly.
  • When the kettle has boiled, carefully measure the boiling water into the jug and stir in the bouillon. You may need to do this in 2 lots.
  • Add in the potato, the bouillon (or stock) and the sprigs of thyme. Bring to the boil and simmer for about 10 minutes until the potato is tender and cooked through.
    Remove from the heat, and remove the sprigs of thyme from the pot.
  • Blend until the soup is velvety smooth and perfect. Stir through the cream and ladle into bowls.

Notes: What does translucent mean? What is bouillon and what is it made of?

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Cream of celery soup

The classics keep coming back, and for good reason! We love our 70’s soups…

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Fresh from the garden: celery, onion, potatoes, garlic, chives
Recipe source: Melissa
Serves: 6 at home or 24 tastes

Equipment:

  • Kettle
  • Chopping boards and knives
  • Peelers
  • Paper towel
  • Scissors
  • Stockpot, wooden spoon
  • Scales
  • Measures: jug, tablespoon
  • Microplane grater
  • Garlic press, ladle
  • Stick blender, mouli
  • Serving bowls
  • Teaspoons

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 litres boiling water and 1.5 tablespoons bouillon (or 1.5 litres vegetable stock)
  • 1 brown onion
  • 1kg white potatoes
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • A large bunch of celery
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 100ml single cream
  • A small handful chives
  • Freshly ground black pepper
    What to do:
  • Fill the kettle and set it to boil. Measure the bouillon and boiling water into the jug and stir.
  • Peel the potatoes under running water and then coarsely chop into 2cm cubes.
  • Peel and coarsely chop the onion.
  • Wash and finely chop the celery, including leaves.
  • Heat the oil in the stockpot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes and then add the chopped celery and cook for another few minutes.
  • Meanwhile peel and crush the garlic, and then add the garlic and potato cubesand stir together.Sweat for a minute until aromatic.
  • Increase heat to high. Add the prepared stock and bring to the boil, then simmer gently, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until the potato is almost tender.
  • Remove from heat, add the cream and using the microplane, grate 1/2 a nutmeg into the soup.
  • Blitz the soup with the stick blender. You may want to pass the soup through the mouli to make it super-smooth.
  • Taste and season if needed.
  • Wash the chives and then roll them in a piece of paper towel. Snip into tiny pieces and reserve.
  • Ladle soup among serving bowls and sprinkle with the snipped chives.

Notes: What do celery leaves taste like? Where does nutmeg grow?

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Silverbeet soup

Slurpy, slinky soup chock-full of healthy stuff, and a bit of creamy goodness too. Heaven.

Fresh from the garden: silverbeet, onion, potatoes, celery, chives, garlic
Recipe source: Melissa
Serves: 6 or 24 tastes 

Equipment:

  • Kettle
  • Chopping boards and knives
  • Peelers
  • Paper towel
  • Scissors
  • Stockpot, wooden spoon
  • Scales
  • Measures: jug, ½ cup, tablespoons, teaspoons
  • Garlic press, ladle
  • Stick blender, mouli
  • Serving bowls
  • Teaspoons

What to do:

Ingredients:

  • 1 brown onion
  • 1kg Sebago potatoes (or other white fleshed all-rounder)
  • 2 large or 3 small stalks celery
  • Small handful chives
  • A large handful of silverbeet
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1.5 litres vegetable stock or 1.5 litres boiling water and 1.5 tablespoons bouillon
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tub crème fraiche
  • Fill the kettle and set it to boil.
  • Peel and coarsely chop the onion.
  • Peel and coarsely chop the potatoes into 2cm cubes.
  • Wash and finely chop the celery, including leaves.
  • Wash the chives and then roll them in a piece of paper towel. Snip into tiny pieces and reserve.
  • Meanwhile wash the silverbeet stalks and shake dry. Slice off the stalks and finely chop, then roll up the leaves into a cigar shape and finely slice into ribbons.
  • Heat the oil in the stockpot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes and then add the chopped celery and cook for another few minutes.
  • Meanwhile peel and crush the garlic, and then add the garlic and ground cumin and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds or until aromatic.
  • Increase heat to high. Add the stock (or hot water and bouillon) and bring to the boil. Add the potato and reduce heat to medium. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until potato is almost tender.
  • Add the chopped silverbeet stalks and cook for a few minutes and then add the sliced ribbons and simmer for a further 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and blitz with the stick blender. You may want to pass the soup through the mouli to make it super-smooth.
  • Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.
  • Ladle soup among serving bowls. Using 2 teaspoons, top with a wee dollop of crème fraîche and sprinkle with chives.
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Beetroot soup with creme fraiche and chives

This recipe is our version of Borscht – it’s a favourite with the children as it’s so beautifully vibrant in colour and sweet as well as earthy – and one also might be seeing its effects for a good while afterwards…!

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Fresh from the garden: beetroot, onion, garlic, thyme, chives
Recipe source: Melissa
Serves: 4 at home or 20 tastes

Equipment:

  • Chopping board and knife
  • Garlic press
  • Kitchen paper
  • Graters
  • Measures – jug, tablespoon
  • Stockpot
  • Wooden spoon
  • Stick blender
  • Teaspoons
  • Serving bowls
Ingredients:

  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • Small bunch chives
  • 3 large beetroot
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 litre boiling water with 1 tablespoon bouillon (or 1 litre stock)
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • Flaked salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small tub crème fraiche or sour cream

What to do:

  • Fill the kettle and set it to boil, then measure a litre of boiling water into the jug and stir in a tablespoon of bouillon. Reserve.
  • Peel and chop the onion. Peel and squeeze the garlic through the press.
  • Wash and peel the beetroot and carefully grate.
  • Warm olive oil in the stockpot over medium heat. Stir in the onions and garlic and cook until soft but not browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in the grated beetroot and the thyme and cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in the tomatoes and the stock and season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil and then cover and simmer until the beetroot is tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  • Meanwhile wash the chives and lay out on a piece of kitchen paper to dry, then snip or chop finely. Wash and dry the thyme and pick the leaves, then chop finely.
  • Whizz the soup with the stick blender, stirring to get all the solids mixed in.
  • Check the seasoning, then ladle into bowls and garnish with a little dab of the crème fraiche or sour cream and sprinkle of chives.

Notes: What other dishes have their original names in a different language?

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