When I’m feeling a little run down and need nourishing comfort food, I head to the kitchen and make my congee. Slow Cooked Brown Rice Congee With Ginger + Shallots which is featured in my cookbook Purely Delicious is the perfect warming dish to keep you healthy this winter. Serve steaming hot in generous bowls, enjoy the goodness and instantly feel the healing benefits of this magnificent yet simple soup. What’s Great About It: Ginger is a potent detoxifying and antiviral herb that helps the body get rid of toxins, stimulate circulation and boost your immune system. It’s regarded as a natural antibiotic for the body and helps to reduce congestion and mucous production. Brown rice is kind to the digestive system and great […]
When I’m feeling a little run down and need nourishing comfort food, I head to the kitchen and make congee. Congee is a delicious medicinal porridge that helps nourish the body and promote good health. It’s a very grounding and comforting soup that only takes a few ingredients to prepare. You can use water or any stock as your base for the soup, but for my simple no fuss version I’ve used water to simmer my rice. Finish off your congee with healing aromatics such as turmeric and ginger before eating it. I also love to switch between using brown rice, quinoa and even whole barley or oat groats that adds a delicate chewiness. Serve in generous bowls and instantly feel nourished […]
A bone broth is simply a stock. We’ve been making stocks for centuries to use them in soups as well as the most magical-tasting sauces. As a chef, I like to slowly simmer my stock to extract all the wonderful flavours and goodness from the vegetables and bones I use. Stocks are super nutritious when they are homemade with quality ingredients such as grass-fed meat, organic chicken or wild-caught fish and have amazing healing effects on the body. Benefits include reducing inflammation, nourishing your digestive and immune system and nourishing your body with essential minerals including calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, all in a form that is easy to digest and assimilate. The base ingredient for a bone broth or stock is […]
This soup is packed with antioxidants and superfood goodness that will nourish your body from the inside out. It comes from my new book Perfect Digestive Health and you can feel the healing benefits as soon as you eat it. The quick cooking time allows for maximum nutrition and flavour so enjoy and be nourished. What’s good about it. Carrots are the richest source of beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is essential for tissue growth and repair, thyroid function and iron mobilsation. Carrots are also a great source of vitamin C, B6, potassium and fibre and their consumption has been linked to lower rates of cancer, heart disease, stoke and cholesterol related illnesses. Curcumin is […]
It’s been freezing cold here in Sydney over the past week and it’s inspired me to create my simple garden vegetable soup that you can easily whip up in 30 minutes. The recipe consists of classic garden vegetables that are gently simmered with a hint of thyme. There are no stocks or fancy ingredients, – it’s just pure simple honest food that tastes really good. This soup is just loaded with vegetables and it’s one of those meals that you could enjoy anytime of day and feel nourished. What’s great about it: Carrots contain vitamin A precursors called carotenoids (Beta carotene) that help promote vision and support a healthy immune system. Beans are a good source of protein that is […]
This is my Purely Delicious slow cooked broth with clean nourishing flavours that helps to revitalise the body and restore good health. In cookery terms bone broth is basically just good home made stock. We’ve been making stocks for centuries to be used for soups as well as the most magical sauces. As a chef, I like to slowly simmer my stock to extract all the wonderful flavour and goodness from the bones and vegetables I use. I love serving them in large bowls as main course meals and add seasonal vegetables of the moment. I’ve used delicious Savoy Cabbage for this recipe, but it goes delightfully well with other garden vegetables such as baby carrot, wilted cavolo nero, snow pea […]
Knowing how to make a basic stock should be part of everyones cooking repertoire. A chicken stock was one of the first recipes I ever cooked as a chef and once you get the hang of making your own, you’ll never go to store bought versions again. I remember making large pots of delicious stock with my great Aunt as well as in the hotel kitchen where I worked. This wonderful stock was used to make soups or glazes that made the most magical sauces. I always make large batches of stock and freeze it in 500 ml portions, so I always have stock on hand if I need to whip up a quick soup or classic risotto. The water […]
A delicious and warming main course style soup that originated from Tuscany – but somehow found it’s way onto our Polish dinner table.
As a young girl I remember my great Aunt cooking large pots of this soup from ingredients sourced from her back yard garden. It was a staple Cold weather dish that was more like a stew than a soup and consisted of a heap of vegetables slowly simmered with beans and fresh garden herbs. Sometimes Savoy cabbage or Silver beet was used in place of the tuscan cabbage and a ham hock would be thrown in every now and again. Low GI, high in protein, fiber and goodness that was the perfect Budget Friendly recipe to nourish a healthy body.
Rosół is a nourishing Polish soup that was regularly made by my mum when I was growing up. It was the first line of defence if one of our family members got sick, but most of the time she made it because it was so delicious and made us feel comforted and warm when the weather was a little colder outside. Mum served hers with fine home made noodles, but I like to change it around a little and use vegetable spaghetti. I’ve made my soup using skinless organic chicken thighs, but you can also use thighs on the bone for a richer flavour – if doing so…just increase the weight by about 200 grams to allow for the weight […]
This is a wholesome nourishing soup that I love to make when I need extra goodness for my body. It’s very economical and fuss free to make and I always cook up extra to last several meals. I love the simplicity of the ingredients and the light touch of star anise just makes this soup purely magical on the taste buds. What’s great about My Goodness Soup. Tuscan kale is part of the cabbage family and this wonderful vegetable is a good source of all three antioxidants: beta-carotene and vitamins C and E. It is also rich in naturally occurring glucosinolates, which help in the fight against cancer. Savoy and other cabbages also contain similar anti-carcinogenic phytochemicals and this wonderful […]
If you want something nourishing and healthy for lunch or dinner this soup hits the spot. Chock full of antioxidants, protein and fiber for optimum health and well-being.
One of my favourite quick soup recipes of the moment is my delicious cauliflower and leek soup. There is something magical when you combine cauliflower and leek and you instantly feel satisfied and nourished after eating it. The most important thing to remember when making this magnificent soup is not to cook it for too long. A brief 5 – 10 minutes is all you need otherwise the freshness is lost. The parsley oil is my little finishing touch to this soup and compliments the clean flavours perfectly. What’s good about it: Cauliflower is rich in sulphur which works as an anti-inflammatory as well as support digestion and boost your immune system. Leeks are part of the vegetable family called […]
Over the next few months I’ll be posting some of my favourite winter warming recipes to nourish and heal over the cooler months. A soup that I regularly make is my roasted pumpkin and carrot soup. The roasting intensifies the delicious flavour, allowing a delicate sweetness that comes through the finished dish. I vary how I serve my soup depending on what I feel like at the time or what I have in the fridge. One of my favourite toppings is a green goddess pesto made from coriander, garlic, lime and pumpkin seed that allows for that extra flavour punch and anti-inflammatory benefits. For a creamy soup you can also serve with a light drizzle of coconut cream or organic […]
The secret to a making a good soup comes down to using a good stock. I love making my own vegetable stocks at home as they are much healthier than store bought versions that are normally reconsituted powders loaded with salt, MSG, flavours and dextrines. Making your own stock is also a great way of using up left fresh vegetables you may have lying around in the fridge. My basic stock recipe consists of onion, carrot, celery, mushroom, peppercorn,garlic and herbs such as parsley or thyme that are simmered in a large pot for 1 hour and then strained. I also love to add leek, corn cobs, sweet potato or pumpkin to add a sweeter note to the final dish. If I’m […]
I have designed a lovely fresh approach to a traditional Caesar minus the bacon, fatty dressing and white bread croton that normally accompanies this salad and instead topped the delicate cos lettuce leaves with pan roasted mushroom, organic chicken and bio yoghurt dressing.
When I was a little, my great Aunt used to make this amazing Polish chicken soup called Rosół to help fight a cold or flu. It was amazing and you could instantly feel it’s healing effects with every mouthful. If we wanted noodles with our soup, she would instantly beat up a few fresh eggs and slowly pour the mix in a thin stream into the simmering stock which made the best egg noodles. With a few tweaks to her original recipe, the ingredients in my chicken soup have been specifically selected to help fight cold + flu. Don’t be scared off by the amount of garlic in the recipe – after a few minutes the flavour will infuse […]
When it’s cold outside, one of my favourite all time recipes is a simple, home-style pumpkin soup, made from roasted chunks of pumpkin and caramelised onion. What I also love to do is vary my aromatics for the soup such as adding a little ginger or coriander (cilantro) or drizzling with parsley + mint salsa verde. Today I’ve made this soup with seasonal beurre bosc pears that are wonderful roasted in the oven with a little cinnamon until the natural caramel flavours penetrate the surface. Serve warm with the pumpkin soup and enjoy with pleasure and delight. What’s good about it: Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A which is an antioxidants to help fight stress and boost the immune system. […]