This is my absolute never-can-be-beaten favourite soup. Ever.
Sweet Potato and Chorizo Soup is from the lovely Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food recipe book and is easy-peasy to make:
Peel and roughly slice 2 carrots, 2 onions, 2 cloves of garlic and 800g sweet potato. Roughly slice 200g chorizo sausage, 2 sticks of celerly, and chop a bunch of flat leafed parsley (stalks and all!).
Heat 2tbsp olive oil in a large pan and add all the ingredients, plus 1 heaped tsp of curry powder (sounds crazy, but the soup isn’t the same without it!). MIx all the ingredients together and cook for around 10mins with the lid askew until the carrots have softened but are still holding their shape. Add 1.8ltr of stock (chicken or veg), give the soup a good stir and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 mins until the sweet potato is cooked through.
Season with salt and pepper, blend the soup with a hand blender or liquidizer until smooth and serve! (Jamie suggests serving with a little shopped chilli on top - but I like it just the way it is!).
The Bath Good Food Awards 2011 were held in the sumptious surroundings of the Bath Guildhall and were well attended by people from all over the food industry in Bath. Organised by Guide2Bath and The Pig Guide, businesses and individuals were celebrated and presented with awards in over 20 different categories. The evening was fabulous, with wines provided by Great Western Wine and great foodie conversation all night! The awards were a brilliant way to celebrate and recognise the amazing work that producers, chefs and business owners do in Bath and hopefully this will now become an annual event! Look out for the Bath Good Food Awards stickers in the windows of the nominees and winners - if you see one you know you’re in for a treat!!
Our two favourite dishes from a delicious meal at The Gylly Beach Cafe, Falmouth. Gourmet Gylly Burger: West Country Beef, Parma ham, taleggio cheese, crispy, fluffy-centred fries and smoked paprika mayo; and a fruit jelly sandcastle with gingerbread spade!
We have recently purchased some beautiful new bicycles, and exploring countryside pubs within cycling distance of Bath is quickly becoming a favourite activity for the weekends! Our first stop, after much deliberation was The Swan at Swineford. A beautiful old pub, part of the Bath Ales group, with a large grassy garden, close to a fast road, but as we found, you end up enjoying yourself too much to hear the sound of cars whizzing by!
We chose pints of Bounders to refresh ourselves after a speedy cycle along the Bath-Bristol cycle path, and browsed the small menu in the lovely sunshine. Mr L selected ‘Honey roast Wiltshire ham with a brace of peppered fried eggs’, and I the ‘Swan steak mince burger topped with smoked bacon & cheddar’, both were served with chunky chips, and the burger was also served with a rather sad looking salad garnish…
The ham was thick-cut and the eggs deliciously runny; the burger was lightly spiced, clearly handmade from good quality ingredients - seriously tasty!
For dessert we ordered the chocolate brownie and a slice of gooey pecan tart, both really rich, delicious and served with proper vanilla icecream - a proper treat! (justifiable if you cycle from Bath!!)
The Swan is a brilliant gem in a tiny village, the perfect venue for a lazy lunch in the sunshine, we’ll be back…