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tomato & zucchini soup

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Recipe

ingredients:

2 tbsp olive oil
2 medium onions
2 small zucchinis
1 garlic clove
2 large tomatoes
a handful of fresh coriander leaves
2 – 3 tbsp laban (sour yogurt)
salt & pepper, according to taste
1 cup water

preparations:

  • Give the onions, zucchinis, garlic, tomatoes, and coriander leaves a quick chop.
  • Heat the olive oil in a medium-sized sauce pan.
  • Add the onions, zucchini and garlic and sauté them over a medium heat for a few minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, and coriander. Cover the saucepan with a lid and cook further for about ten minutes, stirring from time to time.
  • Pour all ingredients into a food processor and grind them till as smooth as possible.
  • Return the ingredients to the sauce pan. Add the laban and whisk well till all of the soup is well mixed and smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Return to heat and cook for a few minutes further till desired soup thickness is reached (If you wish a thinner soup consistency, then gradually add some water, while stirring till desired consistency is reached. Then cook for a few minutes further).
  • Your soup is ready to be served 🙂. Enjoy!

chicken noodle soup

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Recipe

ingredients:

2 tbsp olive oil
3 spring onions, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, grated
1 potato, chopped into small pieces
2 carrots, chopped into small pieces
1 litre chicken stock
200 g cooked chicken breast, shredded
salt & pepper, to taste
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp chicken seasoning blend
1/2 cup fresh sweet peas
1/2 cup fine noodles
handful of fresh parsley leaves, roughly chopped
1 lemon, halved and sliced

preparation:

  • In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions, garlic, potato, and carrots. Sauté for a few minutes (about 5-7 minutes), stirring from time to time.
  • Add the chicken stock to the sautéd vegetables, bring to a simmer. Add the shredded chicken breast. Season with salt, pepper, paprika, coriander, and chicken seasoning.
  • Now add the peas and noodles and cook further for about 10 minutes.
  • Once peas and noodles are cooked, your soup is ready.
  • Serve the soup sprinkled with some parsley along with a slice of lemon.
  • Enjoy!

petit peas soup

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Soup! Who does not love soup! Other than my kids, that is 🙂 Well, unfortunately it is true and they are not all that crazy about soups. But when not left with much other choice, my little ones might tolerate having some soup for dinner. But I do (if that is of any importance to you :)). And I intend to share soup recipes more often, now that the beautiful weather in Dubai makes us fancy more and more soups.

Inspired from the Portuguese cuisine, this most delicious soup is quite simple and straight forward to prepare (with one main ingredient, I can’t see where this soup can go wrong). And, it is elegant and can make for a perfect entrée to a beautiful dinner. The soup is ideally served with garlic and coriander bread, but served on its own, it would make for a beautiful and rich gluten-free dish.

For the Recipe

Ingredients

1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
2 small onions, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 celery stalk, trimmed & chopped
500 g frozen peas, thawed
salt & pepper, according to taste
3 cups water

a generous handful of fresh coriander leaves, coarsely chopped
1 tsp butter, room temperature
1 garlic clove, shredded
some baguette bread slices to be served with the soup (optional)

Heat olive oil and melt the butter in medium pan. Sauté chopped onions for a couple of minutes. Add the garlic then celery and cook for about 2-3 minutes further. Add the peas. Sauté for about 7 – 10 minutes over low heat, stirring often. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the water onto the pan increasing the cooking heat and bring to a boil. Then lower heat and cook for about 15 minutes.
Using a hand held food blender, process the pea soup till it turns into a beautiful smooth and consistent soup.
Prepare the bread slices by toasting them (optional), then spreading them with some butter and a light sprinkle of garlic and coriander.
Divide the soup among the serving bowls, sprinkle with some chopped coriander leaves and serve along with the garlic and coriander bread.
Bon Appétit!