Fresh and ground coriander really adds to this flavoursome and healthy soup which served with cheese and bread can really warm you up on a Winters day.


1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 onion, sliced
450g/1lb carrots, sliced
1 tsp ground coriander
1.2 litres/2 pints vegetable stock
large bunch fresh coriander, roughly chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the onions and the carrots. Cook for 3-4 minutes until starting to soften.

  2. Stir in the ground coriander and season well. Cook for 1 minute.

  3. Add the vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Simmer until the vegetables are tender.

  4. Whizz with a hand blender or in a blender until smooth. Reheat in a clean pan, stir in the fresh coriander and serve.

How about trying a refreshing, non-alcoholic, cool beveridge on a warm summer day, the perfect alternative to cocktails!


large handful fresh mint, leaves picked
6 lemons, juice and zest of 3
3 tbsp sugar cane syrup
sparkling mineral water, to top up


  1. Place the mint leaves into a tea towel and bruise with a rolling pin.

  2. Add the mint to a pitcher, with the lemon juice and zest and sugar cane syrup.

  3. Top up with sparkling water. Mix the cocktail well and add more sugar cane syrup, to taste.

  4. Chill in the fridge.

This is the perfect little recipe for some sautéed potatoes to compliment a nice meal but if you are making them ahead of time, keep warm in the oven at a low temperature and add a dash of lemon prior to serving.


2 tbsp olive oil
knob of butter
200g/7oz new potatoes, halved lengthways
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
2 garlic cloves, peeled, crushed
1 lemon, juice only
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat the oil and butter in a deep frying pan. Add the potatoes and fry for 5-6 minutes.

  2. Add the rosemary and garlic to the pan and continue to fry, turning occasionally, over a medium to high heat for 5 minutes, or until cooked through.

  3. Squeeze over the lemon juice and season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.