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winter warmer

Megan’s Parcel From Heaven

Here is a quick winter warming recipe from a friend that I had to post, seeing as it is winter and we need good fast fuss free winter warming food. One of our nation favourites to share lately is dipping bread in a soft gooey cheese and accompanied by an onion sweet and savoury relish, a comforting treat for those  frosty winter evenings.

Here is an ever so slight twist and a simple recipe to make your own oozing parcel.

Ingredients:

2 sheets ready made filo pastry

250g Camembert

2 slices of cooked chopped bacon

1 egg

2tbsp onion relish

Pinch of basil leaves roughly chopped

Method: 1) Lay out two sheets of filo pastry and lay Camembert on pastry. 2) Place the Basil, Bacon and Onion chutney on top of Camembert. 3) Gently wrap pastry around the cambert gently tucking in as you wrap. 4) Brush the pastry all over with mixed up egg wash for a nice golden shine. 5) Bake in the oven on gas mark 5 for 20 minutes and serve with a crusty baguette to dip.

The pastry will remain crispy but soften slightly inside as the cheese melts making an irresistible Moreish snack.

Camembert Parcel

Bon Apetit!

 

 

Simple Sumptuous Soup

Here is a recipe that i experimented with today, for a simple and luxurious soup which can be used as a starter or a meal in itself, served with a wedge of crusty bread.

Ingredients:
1 onion
1 leek
1 head of broccoli
100-150g Stilton (to taste)
2tbsp rapeseed oil
2tbsp porcini olive oil
Knob of butter
1 litre chicken or veg stock
Favourite bread cubed
Salt and Pepper
1 potato large
1 celery stick

Prep

1) Firstly chop the leek, onion, Celery, take the head away from the thick broccoli stalk and break apart then chop the potato into roughly 2cm cubes.

2) Heat up the rapeseed in a large saucepan add the onions on a medium heat and put on lid. Leave for five minutes allowing onions to steam and soften.

3) Add a small cup of water so the onions don’t burn on the pan then add in the celery leek and potato with a knob of butter. Leave on a low medium heat covered to sweat for five minutes.

4) Add the stock and leave to simmer on the same heat level for 15 minutes.

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5) After that time add the broccoli heads minus any chunky stalks and cook for five minutes.

Stilton

6) Blitz mixture with a blender until it’s as smooth as desired. Then crumble in Stilton and stir in it will melt and slightly thicken the soup. Taste and season until you are happy with the final flavour of the dish, remember the Stilton will provide a salty element to the dish.

For the croutons just heat cubed bread on a warm pan drizzled with your desired oil. I chose porcini infused mushroom olive oil for an earthy wild mushroom kick but you can use normal olive oil, garlic etc. Be careful not to have the heat to high they will burn easily.

Broccoli & Stilton Soup

Good luck!