Some of you may have noticed that we have recently added a soup of the day option to the menu at CWTCH. Perfect for these frosty winters mornings and lunchtimes! It is also a healthy alternative to our very tasty but a little bit naughty breakfast baps, if you are trying to cut down on your fat intake this year.
My girlfriend Jordan is trying to reduce her carb intake, so to keep her motivated and just because I like a bit of a challenge I decided to attempt to make some low-carb dishes that would keep both of us happy!
I had never made a soup before and I think this one turned out pretty well!
HOW TO MAKE IT ...
To start I heat some olive oil in a pan and add chopped onions, garlic and celery. Leave them to cook and soften for about 8 mins then add a good amount of turmeric and cumin. Cook for another 2 mins until it starts to smell amazing!
While this is going on you can be peeling a sweet potato and chopping into roughly 1cm thick slices. Also quarter 5 or 6 large tomatoes. Make about 1L of veg or chicken stock, then throw it all in with the sweet potato, tomatoes and 320 g of red lentils. Give it a good stir so that the potatoes are covered, bring to the boil then turn the heat down and leave it to simmer for about 25 mins.
At this point I realised I had a lonely courgette lying around, so I quickly sliced that up and threw it in!
I like to throw a good tablespoon of chilli flakes in towards to end to add a bit of heat, but make it as spicy as you like! Add a large handful of spinach and mix in so that it wilts. Then, blend up in a food processor, I like mine to have a combination of different textures, so whizz up a third very smooth, then the next third not so smooth then leave the last part quite chunky!
Top with some fresh coriander and serve, et voila! Be sure to check back for more of my adventures in the kitchen!
NOTES ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Freddie is a CWTCH veteran and has worked with us since our days under a marquee. He is full of beans (usually the coffee variety) and can geek about coffee with the best of them. He studies sound engineering and also DJ's on request. His enthusiasm is infectious and it was no surprise he was the first to put his hand up and write a CWTCH blog - I think its great!!