Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup (v)

This is from French Polynesia apparently. It smelt very strange whilst it was cooking but actually tasted suprisingly good. It’s a quick and healthy recipe that can easily be thrown together after work.

For 4 portions you need:
750g sweet potatoes, diced
2 medium onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, whole
1/2 tsp each of cinnamon, paprika, nutmeg, cayenne, ground black pepper
handful chopped coriander
600ml veg stock
can coconut milk

Begin by frying the onion in 1 tbsp oil. After about 5 mins add the spices and garlic. Then add the sweet potatoes, coconut milk and stock. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 15-20 mins till the potatoes are cooked. Blend till smooth, reheat and serve garnished with the coriander. Some crusty french bread is good with it too.

Guacamole (v)

Yummy, creamy, green gunk! L told me today he wouldn’t eat anything beginning with ‘gwa’ so he missed out on this luscious dip! I like mine sort of chunky, but you could blend it all for a smoother dip, or leave it all chopped for a rougher one. Either way it’s great with tortilla chips!

For 4 portions you need:
4 avocados, halved, stoned and roughly chopped
2 tomatoes, pulverised in a food processor
1 chilli, blitzed (with the toms)
1 red onion, diced
juice 1 lime

Mix everything together, blitzing half of the mix if you want a smoother texture. Scoff. Dead easy!


There are infinite variations on what you can put in to these, this is just one suggestion. They’re a fab snack, quick lunch or a side with other Mexican food.

For each quesadilla you need:
1 tortilla
1/4 cup grated cheddar
1 sliced spring onion.

Heat a large frying pan and place the tortilla on it. Sprinkle the cheddar over the surface of the tortilla and add the onion to one half. Heat. Fold in half to make a semi circle and then flip over. Serve cut into wedges. They’re nice cold too!

Beans in Beer aka Frijoles Borrachos (v)

Fiesta baby! Today we had a Mexican feast, partly due to the surfeit of avocados in the fruit bowl that ripened together and partly due to watching Mark Beaumont Cycling the Americas where it looked like he’d had some yumsome food in central and south america. This recipe, for beans cooked in beer, is an adaptation of a Celia Brookes-Brown recipe.

For 2-3 portions you need:
2 large onions, chopped
1 red chilli, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 can chopped toms
1 can canolleni beans, drained and rinsed
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 bottle corona beer
juice 1/2 lime
salt and pepper
1 tsp sugar
large handful chopped coriander
olive oil

Begin by sauteeing the onions in 2 tbsp oil till translucent. Then add the chilli, cumin and garlic. Fry for a further 5 mins or so. Then add the beans, toms, beer, seasoning and sugar. Bring to the boil and simmer over a medium heat till the sauce is reduced by about half. Reduce the heat and keep warm till you’re ready to serve. They’re nice with quesadillas and sour cream. Omit the dairy to keep it vegan.