Boston Bean Soup

Serves 4   Ingredients: 850g/13⁄4lb canned cooked pinto beans, drained 2 tomatoes, chopped 1 celery stick, sliced 1 medium onion, chopped 1 bay leaf 450ml/3⁄4pt beef stock salt and freshly ground black pepper Method: Put the beans, tomatoes, celery, onion, bay leaf and stock in a medium saucepan. Cover the pan, and bring the mixture...
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Borscht

Serves 6   Ingredients: 900g/2lb large raw beetroot 225g/8oz onion, diced 225g/8oz leeks, sliced 2 celery sticks, chopped 50g/2oz butter 600ml/1pt chicken stock 1 bay leaf 150ml/5fl oz soured cream salt and freshly ground Black pepper Method: Boil the beetroot whole in salted water for 15 minutes. Drain and refresh in cold water. Peel and...
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Bacon & Split Pea Soup

Serves 4 Ingredients: 50g/2oz dried split peas 25g/1oz butter 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 1 onion, thinly sliced 175g/6oz long-grain rice 2 tablespoons tomato puree 1.2 litres/2pt vegetable stock 175g/6oz carrots, diced 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 4 tablespoons single cream 100g/4oz streaky bacon rashers salt and ground black pepper Method: Cover the split...
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Chilled Avocado Soup

Serves 4 Ingredients: 2 ripe avocados 600ml/1pt chicken stock 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives 1⁄2 teaspoon chilli powder Salt 2 tablespoons sour cream, to serve Method: Peel and stone the avocado. Blend or process the flesh into a puree. Add the remaining ingredients, except the sour cream, and blend until smooth...
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Jerusalem Artichoke Soup

Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 onion, sliced 50g/2oz butter 700g/11⁄2lb Jerusalem artichokes, peeled and sliced 600ml/1pt milk Salt and ground white pepper Method: In a heavy saucepan over a low heat, gently sweat the onion in the butter until soft and translucent. Add the artichokes to the onion. Cook, covered, for 10 minutes, stirring a few...
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Almond Soup

Serves 4 Ingredients: 225g/8oz blanched almonds, minced 3 egg yolks, hard-boiled 1.2 litres/2pt chicken stock 25g/1oz butter, softened 25g/1oz plain flour 125ml/4fl oz single cream salt and freshly ground black pepper Method: Using a mortar and pestle, reduce the almonds to a paste with the egg yolks and 1 tablespoon of the stock. Set aside...
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