Drizzly cold weather calls for warming leek, chick pea and potato soup….

Delicious soup for cold days from my clever sister!


This is one of those soups that came from what was available in the fridge/larder on Monday as the cold weather set in and I woke to the first real frost of the winter. I think it’s a version of a Jamie soup I had years ago but couldn’t find the recipe so made my own. Alongside my wonderful new log burner that is making my chilly study finally habitable (just as well as I’ve got a new book to write this winter!), this soup is now added to my list of tips on how to work at home without running the heating too high! Easy warming recipes and plenty of dry logs make for happy me and contented dogs. And hopefully time to blog here as well…..

PB130193Leek, chickpea and potato soup with rosemary

Serves 4/Prep 10 mins/Cook 25 – 30 mins

2 tbsp olive oil
3 large leeks…

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A bag of spinach – 4 more dishes

My clever sister Mary’s great recipes – you need never go hungry again.


So this weekend it was a large bag of spinach that’s sitting in my fridge asking to be used up….

Dish oneFriday night salmon and spinach fish pie (with lovely sweet potato mash!)

Salmon and spinach fish pie
It freezes really well as long as you don’t use frozen prawns (as they shouldn’t be refrozen)….

Serves 4 – 6|Prep 30 minutes|Cook 1 hour

250ml semi-skimmed milk
200ml fish stock (you can use water)
500g skinned salmon fillet
200g cooked and peeled prawns
250g fresh spinach
75g butter
50g plain flour
2 tbsp chopped fresh dill, or parsley will do
150ml soured cream
750g large floury potatoes such as Maris Piper, scrubbed and halved
750g sweet potatoes, scrubbed and halved
salt and white pepper

1 Preheat the oven 200C gas mark 6. Put the milk, stock and salmon together in a large roasting tin. Cover with foil and cook in the oven for…

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