BBQ charred pepper, onion and lentil soup

Gavin WrenRecipes, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian

red pepper onion and lentil soup with parsley

So the season of soup has swerved surreptitiously into softer summer styles. I would love to continue this entire post with such extravagant alliteration, however I don’t think my mind, or thesaurus for that matter, is quite up to it today. Alliteration n. the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.But, if such a thing as culinary alliteration exists, in the form of repeated use of similar sounding ingredients, then this soup would be a perfect example. You’ve got red peppers, red onions, red lentils and one of the best spices out there (in my opinion), which also happens to be red, smoked paprika. All of these red ingredients combine to make a really wholesome soup that’s got …come and read more!

Beetroot, apple and horseradish soup

Gavin WrenRecipes, Soup, Vegetarian

A mountain of cooked beetroot

Bee’roo. Bee’root. B’root. Beet. Root. I just can’t seem to say it right. The first person to point this out was my girlfriend, who regularly sends up my pronounciation of the word beetroot. A typical* conversation at home might go like this: Me: “Do you fancy some bee’roo soup for lunch” Gf: “B’ROO?” Me: “OK, let’s try again. Would you like a bowl of homemade beeTrooT soup?” Gf: “B’ROO?” Me: “I’ll take that as yes.” (* Grossly exaggerated) This linguistic laziness seems to be quite a common English tradition where people regularly drop letters from words. All over the country, people drop their h’s and t’s when …come and read more!

Hearty roasted garlic and squash soup with kale

Gavin WrenMain Dishes, Recipes, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian

Roasted garlic and butternut squash soup with kale in the saucepans

Winter = Soup. Summer = Salad. If there were ever two dishes that were clearly defined by the seasons, then these must be the top contenders. And in case anyone starts shouting “what about winter salads and ‘slaws”, I’m a fan of winter salads (Check out my roasted kale and goat’s cheese salad if you’ve not seen it already!), BUT, nothing beats super fresh, flavoursome summer salads that have gone from plant to plate in the shortest time possible. They’re just magical. And whilst we’re revelling in this joyous abundance of fresh produce in the summer, you’ll find the soup section in your local supermarket almost completely curls up and goes into hibernation. But, …come and read more!