A good soup by (and for), a cuddly bloke on a diet…

And both are yours truly…

I make this a hell of a lot, a veggie friend is quite fond of it too, but it’s one of those recipes that exists only in my head. Not necessarily a bad thing – that’s where the vast majority of my recipes live – and only about 70 or 80 have ever been written down.

And when I say “my recipes” that’s exactly what I mean though, admittedly, outside the overhyped world of Continue reading

A Recipe: Vegetarian Sausage and Cannellini Bean Casserole – Warning…

Well, I made this, exactly as described. And I don’t think I’ve ever cooked anything so irredeemably awful.

The sausages were insanely salty and, after I’d fixed that, tasted of bugger all! They also had the texture of boiled, stale, bread.

As they contributed Continue reading

A Recipe: Vegetarian Sausage and Cannellini Bean Casserole…

Note: This is a provisional recipe, to be made tomorrow or Monday, depending on how well I am. I’m confident in it, though, and any changes will be minor. I’ve spoon-rated it, as I’ve already made the meaty version of it.


Tomorrow, spoons permitting, there will be cooking perpetrated. My leg is healing, and I can finally stand without excruciating pain – for a little while, anyway. It still complains if I take liberties.

The week before last I made a Continue reading

Bottom of the Fridge Soup…

Well, sort of… It’s Tomato and Cannellini Bean Soup, flavoured with some really excellent dried basil – just a little – and spiked with sweet paprika (of which, as it turned out, I didn’t have enough – the recipe reflects what I should have had), and ground coriander.

Bottom of the fridge because it’s using up some onions, shallots and carrots that have been lurking there for a while, plus some canned cannellini beans I opened by mistake, and immediately bagged and froze (unlike Matthew Fort, I tend not to find overlooked whole salmon, or half a roast goose, in my fridge!). Not as bad as it sounds as my veg drawer is just a degree or two above freezing and, tightly wrapped to avoid dehydration, veg keeps extremely well. This is also good with canned flageolet beans, but I like cannellini as they break up a little when cooked, even the canned ones, allowing them to take up the flavours of the soup.

When it comes to canned tomatoes, Continue reading