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  • Potted prawns

    Potted prawns

    Ingredients (Serves 4) 400g/14oz Young’s Greenland Prawns Generous pinch of cayenne pepper Generous pinch of mixed herbs Generous pinch of ground…

  • Tiger prawns with herb mayo

    Tiger prawns with herb mayo

    Ingredients (Serves 6) 1kg/21⁄2 lb cooked tiger prawns Lemon wedges to serve (optional) For the herb mayonnaise 2 egg yolks 1 tbsp freshly squeezed…

  • Cauliflower and Emmental soup

    Cauliflower and Emmental soup

    Ingredients (Serves 4-6) 50g/2oz unsalted butter 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped 1 leek, trimmed, finely chopped and well rinsed 1 carrot, peeled…

  • Minestrone soup recipe

    Minestrone soup recipe

    Ingredients (Serves 4-6)2 medium carrots, peeled1 tbsp olive oil1 medium onion, peeled and chopped1-2 cloves garlic, finely chopped3 sticks celery,…

  • Spicy parsnip soup recipe

    Spicy parsnip soup recipe

    Ingredients (Serves 4)50g/2oz Organic lightly salted butter1 onion, peeled and finely diced500g/1lb 2oz parsnips, trimmed, peeled and dicedSalt and…

  • Kim's beetroot and orange soup

    Kim's beetroot and orange soup

    Ingredients (Serves 4) 450g/1lb fresh raw beetroot Olive oil for frying 225g/8oz onion, peeled and finely chopped 1.2ltr/2pt vegetable stock Salt and…

  • Watercress soup with goat's cheese

    Watercress soup with goat's cheese

    Ingredients (Serves 4) 1/2 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, peeled and chopped 150g/5oz cooked potato, cut into chunks 250g/9oz fresh watercress, plus sprigs…

  • Chicken and corn chowder

    Chicken and corn chowder

    Ingredients (Serves 4) 1 tbsp butter 1 large shallot, peeled and finely chopped 200g/7oz potato, such as Desiree, peeled and diced into 1cm/1⁄2in…

  • Ajo Blanco

    Ajo Blanco

    Ingredients (Serves 4 as a main course) 2 thick slices stale white country-style bread, crusts removed 3 cloves garlic, peeled 150g/5oz blanched…

  • Honey roast pumpkin soup

    Honey roast pumpkin soup

    Ingredients (Serves 6-8) 1kg/21⁄2lb fresh pumpkin, peeled and diced 50ml/2fl oz runny honey 75ml/3fl oz olive oil 500g/11⁄4lb onions, peeled and…

  • Chestnut mushroom soup

    Chestnut mushroom soup

    Ingredients (Serves 4) 50g/2oz butter 1 shallot, peeled and finely chopped 450g/1lb chestnut or large, white flat mushrooms, wiped and sliced…

  • Cod and tomato chowder

    Cod and tomato chowder

    Ingredients (Serves 4) 3 tbsp olive oil 2 medium onions, peeled and roughly chopped 2 sticks celery, trimmed and roughly chopped Sea salt and freshly…

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