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Soup-erlicious delicious :)

Firstly thank you so much for joining in with September's Scavenger Hunt - what a lovely lot of photos and stories, once again you have done me proud :) Thank you too to those who take the time to read and comment on all our posts, it certainly makes for a happy blogger!

On Sunday a precious friend spent the day with us.  She brought a most delicious home made soda bread to share with a soup I'd made.

The soup is a recipe that we all love and have regularly and seeing how the weather is today, thought I would share the recipe with you. Like everything in my life there is a back story to it, which I will share at the end of the post.

Butternut and red Lentil Soup

Oil - 1 teaspoon
Onion - 1 medium, peeled and chopped
Carrots - 2 medium, peeled and chopped 
Butternut - 250gms, peeled, deseeded and chopped
Red pepper - deseeded and chopped
Water - boiling, enough to cover your cooking vegetables
Stock cube - 1
Red lentils - 100 gms, rinsed
Seasonings (more on that later)

Gently fry the onions until transparent (and your eyes have stopped watering)
Add the chopped carrots and...
the peeled and chopped butternut
to the onions.
Stir well to coat all the veg with the oil.
Add the chopped pepper, stir well
Crumble in the stock cube
Pour on the freshly boiled water
and stir. You will need to add more once the lentils have been added.
Stir in the rinsed lentils, and if necessary, add additional water to cover.
Season to taste.
I chucked in the usual salt and pepper,
but also added curry powder,
paprika and mustard seeds - as we like hint of heat in our soups. 
Simmer for about 30 minutes - or when all the veg is soft. 
Zimmzimmzimm with a liquidiser,
return to a gentle heat and check seasoning.
Enjoy with crusty bread, soda bread or in this case naan bread.

Nom nom!

...And the back story?

Well, said friend and ourselves have both been to (during different holidays) the Isle of Skye Baking Co, Portree and loved the wholesome filling foods. When I knew she was coming to lunch (with her photos of her recent Skye holiday) it seemed fitting to have a soup we'd first eaten there!

Right, I've got things to do, coffee to drink and paintings to finish! Speak soon xxxx


  1. Looks absolutely yummy

    Julie xxx

  2. Sounds lovely Kate, except I'd have to leave out the capsicum as it doesn't agree with me, but think it would still be yummy anyway. Hope all goes well with TAM & you can relax a little soon. Take care & huggles.

    1. Hi Susan, the original recipe I found after a bit of research omitted the red pepper, I added it as the one we'd had at the bakery had included it. x

  3. I do love a good soup and I will definitely be trying this recipe. Thank you Kate. X

  4. Just added red lentils to my shopping list. Weather has definitely changed and is officially home made soup weather. XX

    1. PS. Did not need to buy any, had some in cupboard. As I had all the other ingredients I have made a large pot of delicious soup. Thank you. Now we just need the recipe of the home made soda bread. xx

  5. The soup looks very delish and warming. Looking forward to seeing this months Scav Hunt list. x

  6. We are having the perfect weather to go with soup. Must give this a go and also make some soda bread, when I have time!

  7. This sounds delicious! If I could find our liquidiser bits, I would give this a go! I love lentils!

  8. A delicious looking soup! Thank you for the recipe. The weather here is charging to cool so the making of soups starts in our house.

  9. Excellent. I have five butternut squashes ripening right now. Beyond butternut squash and chilli pizza this should should be another way of using them up. Thanksx

  10. That looks a very heart warming tasty soup to share with family and friends.


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