Chunky Ginger and Black Eyed Bean Soup

Gavin WrenRecipes, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian

Today I'm making a vegan black eyed bean soup which is crammed full of healthy vegetables, making a chunky soup that will fill the emptiest of bellies but also bursting with bold flavours to satisfy the most demanding of taste buds. It's easy double or triple up the quantities to make ahead and freeze for next week's lunches.
About 10 years ago I lost a lot of weight. Over 4 stone to be exact, it also proved to be a turning point in the food history of my life, it was a time when seismic change occurred to some of my most deeply ingrained, English eating habits. Soup became my new lunchtime God, eschewing the bread it replaced, leading me to hunt high and low to find or create the perfect, filling, tasty soup. This vegetarian ginger and black eyed bean soup is my latest effort, and boy, it’s a good’un. Death of the Sandwich. I gave up eating sandwiches. That stalwart of the lunch table, which had filled my boots and nurtured me through my childhood, adolescence and twenties, into the tall, strong and fat man I became by the age of 30. Bread had been so integral to my life that I had barely chosen…

Chunky Butternut Squash and Lentil Soup

Gavin WrenRecipes, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian

A filling and sustaining chunky soup loaded with goodness and hearty ingredients. This chunky butternut squash and lentil soup is a meal-in-a-bowl which virtually becomes a stew as the liquid is almost entirely soaked up by the lentils, chickpeas and squash. The Indian influenced spices have come in to play, featuring a warming host of flavours which will warm your cockles even when the temperature's so cold that the central heating doesn't. It's so good that it's my lunch bowl for the next three weeks, yes, I've just made a triple batch of this, giving me a happy fridge and freezer full of lunchtime joy.
Today I’ve got a fantastically filling, Indian influenced, chunky butternut squash and lentil soup with chickpeas that will keep your tummy filled, your body fuelled and your cockles warmed throughout the coldest days of the winter. Fantastic India. I’ve just returned from a truly beautiful holiday in Goa, India, where I spent three weeks doing yoga, laying by the sea, reading and travelling across the width of the country to the eastern city of Ranchi, to visit my 93 year old, Canadian resident great uncle. I rarely see him, as we’re separated by 4,368 miles and the Atlantic Ocean, but we had both travelled to India for our Christmas breaks this year, so travelling a mere 1,200 miles across India to see him was the itinerant equivalent of popping down the road to meet for a coffee. We had a lovely time and I hope I’m still flying to the…

Supergreen Wholegrain Miso Soup

Gavin WrenRecipes, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian

An amazingly wholesome supergreen wholegrain miso soup rammed full of hearty, warming, nutritious wholegrains and micronutrients, it’s a fully rounded one-pot meal in a bowl that gives you all the energy you need to live a healthy, happy life. It makes the prefect vegetarian lunch or dinner meal soup for autumn and winter when the mornings are cold and you need something to look forward to, plus it's an easy make, you just need to leave it simmering away while you go about your life. Find the full recipe on lepetitoeuf.com
I hope you’re ready for the most wholesome, healthy, winter-warmer, one-bowl-meal of a recipe I’ve ever published. This recipe is packed full of supergreens plus it’s a wholegrain miso soup, taking the often light miso soup and making into a hearty, balanced meal soup. It even looks healthy! Just looking at this recipe makes you lose a few kilograms, making and eating it is the equivalent of visiting Lourdes whilst running a marathon and getting blessed by the pope. It’s like the 3 in 1 Cilit Bang of healthy soups. Inspired by my eternal search to create lunch recipes that are one-pot wonders and can sustain me through the afternoon, I pulled together all the things I wanted in a soup; healthy, filling, low fat, tasty, nutritious and piled them into a bowl. The result is this spectacular soup which I’ve just made four litres of, which will take care…

Celeriac Soup with Apple and Rosemary

Gavin WrenRecipes, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian

Roast celeriac soup with apple and rosemary
An Inspired Decision. Today is another post that’s been inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi, this time in collaboration with the head chef of his restaurant NOPI, Ramael Scully. The inspiration for this roast celeriac soup recipe came off the back of being gifted the NOPI cookbook, which is an utterly fabulous compendium of gastronomic delights garnered from the hallowed kitchens of NOPI, that mirage of a restaurant nestled just North Of PIccadilly. In the book, they take a single, whole celeriac and treat it to a particularly extended stint in a hot oven, then slice it into wedges and serve. It’s the kind of mind blowingly simple food preparation which I utterly adore and seek to involve in my day to day life more often. It also served as the inspiration for my fledgling series of videos ‘Will It Roast’, whereby I take large, whole vegetables and…

Rye Croutons with Garlic and Mustard – Video Recipe

Gavin WrenBasic Ingredients, Recipes, Soup, The World of Food, Vegetarian, YouTube Food Videos

rye croutons with garlic and mustard
Add Some crunch to your lunch Croutons are those crunchy, munchy accoutrements of soup which I have to say, rarely get much sway from me. They seemed like an unnecessary adornment to my soup, because I’m often going to get a large doorstep of toasted bread to suck the liquid life out of my soup and transfer it into my mouth, or I just want to eat/drink/slurp the soup, so adding some small bits of bread seems unnecessary. After all, surely croutons are just small, fiddly bits of dipping bread which disappear into your soup, to be lost forever. If you transferred the concept of croutons into another aspect of food and drink, the nearest comparison I can think of is dunking rich tea biscuits into a mug of tea. Now I’m not a ‘two sugars love’ kind of guy, generally eschewing a good ol’ cuppa whenever it’s proposed in…

Spicy coconut and beetroot soup

Gavin WrenRecipes, Soup, Vegetarian

Spicy coconut beetroot soup
A month or so ago I promised you Beetroot soup ‘v2’ and that soup has finally made it’s way from the shelves of the corner shop, via my shopping bag, with a brief stay in the fridge before being nestled in various pots and pans and ultimately ending up in my stomach. Along the way, I took a few photos of the journey to share with you all. This coconut and beetroot soup ended up being quite a treat as well, because like the ugly duckling, this soup was the one which didn’t make the grade, it fell at the first hurdle and was rejected in it’s original form, poor thing. But I stripped it back, looked for it’s essence and did some personal development on it with a singular direction of flavour and it really has blossomed into the beautiful swan. I’m tempted to say it has Caribbean influences,…