Chant it like a mantra: 'this is easy, this is easy'. Yes, it really is becoming the theme of anything vaguely home-made that I do- I'm all about the simplicity!
Pea and Mint Soup:
1. Full of taste
2. Tastes better second day
3. Few ingredients (most are store cupboard)
4. VERY low fat
1. Rubbish if you don't like pea... or mint!
1. Salt and pepper to flavour
2. 600g Frozen peas
3. 4 tablespoons mint (I used fresh)
4. 3 tablespoons basil (I used dried)
5. Stock (I used a mix of veg and chicken but either will do)
6. 5 Shallots (I'm sure onions would work too)
7. Fat-free natural yogurt or creme- fraiche
NOTE: this recipe lends itself to variation: I've put more/ less peas/ basil/ shallots etc in and generally it makes no difference!
To make it:
1. Chop everything except peas and yogurt/ creme-fraiche and pop it in a pan.
2. Pour over about 1.2 pints of stock made with boiling water and boil for ten minutes.
3. Add frozen peas and cook for another five minutes.
4. Turn off the heat. Using a hand blender, er, well, blend it!
5. You're done! Now wasn't that easy? Serve up with a nice dollop of yogurt/ creme-fraiche (note- I keep this on the table as it's great to add more as you go). If you're feeling fancy pants, add a mint leaf to garnish.
A hit with the whole family and whole thing completed in twenty minutes.
For more ideas, check out the blog where this started here-link! Today is a yummy looking sauce.
Tonight we're off out for dinner (it's the first night we were all free to celebrate my dad's birthday). I have a banging headache so have been lying in a dark room for the past two hours, it doesn't appear to be shifting so I've just had aload of painkillers and am hoping it goes before I need to get ready for the meal. Fingers crossed and Happy Friday folks! xxx