I must admit I’m a bit of a fussy eater so when I find something I enjoy I usually eat it to death. My current fad is Cauldron Falafels. To me they taste like a cross between onion bhaji’s and stuffing! My aim is to learn how to do make them myself. In all my holy domestic goddessness I slipped tonight with the evil that is Angel Delight. I swear it used to taste alot better when I was 6. I think what put me off was that when I was trying to whisk it I was reading the ingredient list and though “hmm, so I’m technically making additive laden, rasberry flavoured, whipped potato starch”….nice

I find lunch one of the most boring, uninspiring meals of the day. Since trying to cook most of my meals from scratch, I’m finding usual “work” lunches like tinned soups and ready made sandwiches from the canteen far too salty. I’m a big fan of soups especially minestrone. They are harty, fill you up, low in calories & additives and tasty. My fave has to be this adapted recipe from the Good Food Mag – Feb 2006.

Minestrone Soup
(Serves 4)

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion
100g/oz chopped streaky bacon
2 large carrots, chopped
2 sticks of celery, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 can of chopped toms
1L / 1 3/4 pt veg stock
few cabbage leaves shredded
1 can of haricot beans
healthy handful of pasta

1) Heat oil, add onions and bacon. Fry for 5 min until brown. Tip in carrots, celery, potato and garlic. Cook for a few mins.

2) Add toms, stock and bring to the boil. Simmer partially covered for 30 min. Stir in cabbage after 15 min. Also add pasta.

3) Drain and rinse beans. Add to pan. Cook for an additional 3 mins.

It keeps for about 3 days in the fridge.

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