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Smoked Paprika and Lentil Soup

You will need:
30g butter
4 stalks of celery, diced
1/2 red pepper, diced
3 potatoes, diced
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
150g red lentils, washed
7.5ml smoked paprika
2.5ml ground pepper
125ml cream
2 litres home made chicken stock (click here for recipe)

Saute the celery, red pepper, potatoes and garlic in the butter for 10 minutes stirring continuously. Add a ladle of stock to the veggies is the pan starts to brown. Add the smoked paprika, pepper and salt and continue to sauté for another 2-3 minutes. Add the remaining chicken stock and red lentils and simmer on low heat for 1 hour. Taste and add more salt if necessary. At this point I turn the stove off, add the cream, stir and replace the pot lid. Leave the soup for about half an hour to rest before liquidizing. Serve with fresh crispy rolls or bread.


Baked Potatoes

This blog post doesn’t have a formal recipe but rather I am sharing a few tips to baking the perfect potato. A baked potato is a quick, wholesome and nutritious meal that one can top with a variety of different fillings. It is a meal that takes very little effort to prepare with some important guidelines to remember:
1.  wash and scrub the potato well and ensure all growths (eyes) and  blemishes are removed
2.  prick all around with a fork to allow steam to escape
3.  coat in olive oil and place on a baking tray.
4.  sprinkle with Maldon salt
5.  if you cover the spud in foil, moisture will be retained but if you bake uncovered, the skin will become crispy (personally what I prefer)

Bake your potato at 180 degrees for about an hour (depending on size). To check if your spud is done, insert a thermometer and if the temperature has reached 210 degrees Celsius its ready otherwise insert a skewer and if it glides through easily, its also ready.

Some of the more popular fillings are savoury mince, garlic butter, cream cheese, sour cream and fresh chives, crispy diced bacon and melted cheddar cheese…….the list goes on so whatever your choice, enjoy your spud and remember its piping hot inside!

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