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Recipe: Winter Warmer – Chunky Minestrone Soup

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I promise it is easy to cook, healthy and above of tasty – if this doesn’t help keep the winter blues away I don’t know what will!!!

Chunky Minestrone Soup
A delicious chunky winter warmer of a soup that is easy to prepare and cook. Best served with crusty bread, next to a roaring fire and a great book!!!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 large carrots, roughly chopped
  2. 2 large potatoes, roughly chopped
  3. 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  4. 2 tbsp tomato purée
  5. 1 tbsp olive oil
  6. 200ml vegetable stock
  7. 2 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
  8. 2 x 300g can cannelloni beans
  9. 2 large handfuls of macaroni or soup pasta
  10. 2 garlic cloves
  11. sprinkle of mixed herbs
  12. crusty bread, to serve
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large casserole pan, add the onions, garlic and herbs, and fry off for five minutes until softened
  2. Add carrots and potatoes, stir in the tomato puree, stock and chopped tomatoes. Bring to boil and then turn down the heat and simmer, covered, for 10-15 minutes
  3. Add the cannelloni beans, cook for a further 10 minutes, and then add the pasta and let it bubble nicely for another 10-15 minutes
  4. Season to taste and serve with crusty bread
Notes
  1. When cooled section off the rest of the soup for freezing - for a quick and easy fix when you are in need of a winter warmer
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Fashionista Barbie Bakes: My Summer Pavlova

Fashionista Barbie Bakes: My Summer Pavlova

I am a dessert junkie, I have such a sweet tooth that I get so excited about pudding, I am one of those who will skip starters so I have enough room for afters. Winter for me is all about anything dripping in custard, I love hot desserts, so it is always nice when the sun is shining to make a truly summer pudding and I don’t think you can get more summery than Fruit Pavlova, it is sweet and fresh with the added crunchy-yet-gooey vibe of the meringue that makes it perfection, well in my eyes anyway.

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Gizzi Erskine’s Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart

Gizzi Erskine’s Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart

For part one of my cooking with Gizzi Erskine I showed off her fabulous Sweetcorn Fritters, which I tried out again this weekend and they were just as easy to make as at the Nescafe Dolce Gusto event, I might have found my speciality!!! Well you can’t have brunch without finishing it off with something sweet, so Gizzi shared her delicious Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart, which I have to be honest isn’t an every weekend kind of dessert as it does take a couple of hours to prepare and make.

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Fashionista Barbie Bakes: Simple Blueberry Muffins

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Since I started my healthy kick, cutting out sugar, chocolate and generally everything I love, I have found it hard to find anything to bake that doesn’t stray me too much from the new healthy me. But as I find baking a stress reliever and I love cake I just couldn’t stay away so I have been trying to figure out what is the healthiest cake option and I came up with Blueberry muffins – well they can’t be that bad as they are filled with yummy fruit.

OK, so I am not sure they are that healthy, just healthier than say double chocolate chip muffins, and they have to count as one of your five a day – right??? Well that is what I am telling myself with these delicious beauties that are so easy to make. Plus, if like me you are obsessed with juicing and smoothies you will probably already have lots of blueberries to get baking these for a little afternoon snack.

I promise these are so simple to make, around 10 minutes prep work, then all you have to do is sit back and let them bake for around 30 minutes – if it helps you could use the time wisely and do a mini-workout.

Are you a fan of blueberry muffins?

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Ingredients:

375g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
200g golden caster sugar
125ml vegetable oil
1 egg
125ml milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
300g blueberries – I prefer fresh but frozen works as well
Granulated sugar, for sprinkling

Instructions:

Pre-heat oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4, and line the muffin tine with 12 paper cases.

Place the flour, baking powder and sugar in a bowl – gently mix. Then place the oil, egg, milk and vanilla in a separate bowl and whisk to combine.

Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined – then add the blueberries and mix.

Spoon mixture evenly into the muffin cases. Sprinkle the tops with sugar and bake for 30–35 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer.

Remove from muffin tin and cool on a wire rack.

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