Thursday, 12 July 2012

Bacon and Vegetable Soup

One of the good things about cold weather is the food. Hearty stews and casseroles, slow cooked meals and delicious soups.

Bacon and Vegetable Soup 

Ingredients: (these may vary slightly) 

2 teaspoons of olive oil 
1 leek, trimmed, halved, washed and sliced 
2 or 3 garlic gloves, crushed 
4 rashers of bacon, chopped 
1 celery stick, trimmed, chopped 
1 large carrot, peeled, chopped 
1 small swede, peeled, chopped 
1 parsnip peeled, chopped 
1 medium zucchini, halved, sliced 
1 medium potato, peeled, chopped 
1/2 sweet potato, peeled, chopped 
1/3 cup of pearl barley 
400 g can Crushed tomatoes (crushed is better  but if only have diced that's ok
6 cups chicken stock 
1 tablespoon of fresh herbs eg basil 


1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook leek and garlic Stirring for a few minutes before adding bacon to brown slightly 

2. Add veggies 

3. Stir in barley, tomato and stock 

4. Simmer until vegetables are tender 

5. Add fresh herbs, Stir.

6. Serve

I made damper to go with mine, but any crusty bread would be perfect!


Monday, 2 July 2012

Smoked Salmon Penne

A Sunday night favourite of ours is Smoked Salmon Penne. Its quick and delicious.

  • 2 tbl olive oil
  • 2 sliced shallots
  • 300g smoked salmon 
  • finely grated rind of a large lemon
  • 2 cloves of crushed garlic
  • 1 fresh red chili chopped
  • thinly sliced red capsicum (1/4 -1/2)
  • 4 tom tomatoes cut in half
  • asparagus sliced thinly (optional)
  • 400g of penne
  • 400g 95% fat free carnation milk
  • chopped parsley and or coriander 
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • an egg whisked 
1.Cook penne in boiling salted water.
2.In a pan, fry chili, shallots and garlic for 1-2 minutes in 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
3.Add sliced capsicum and fry for a further 2 minutes. 
4.Add tin of carnation milk, salt and pepper to taste, asparagus and grated rind of the lemon and simmer for a further 2 minutes. 
5.Add sliced salmon and chopped parley and or coriander and simmer for a further 2 minutes.
6.Drain pasta and add to the salmon mixture in fry pan. Stir in a raw whisked egg to thicken.

Serves 4

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