I was asked last week if I’d like to participate in Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day. Well, um, yes! Like Jamie, I’ve always believed that food and the cooking of it need not be scary, boring or intimidating. Nor need it be hard. It is however, necessary, so why not learn to enjoy the growing, preparing, cooking and eating of it? It can even be great fun when you get kids involved….
So here we are at 17 May and today is Food Revolution Day. It’s an opportunity for me to share my love of fresh, seasonal food, cooking and then eating, as Jamie puts it, “good grub“. I’ve been asked to devise a hearty seasonal soup to help encourage others to get into the kitchen and have a go…
When I think of winter and food, I am instantly transported back to the kitchens of my childhood. There, every weekend without fail, my family would come together for Sunday Roast. This involved Grandma and Mum cooking for anywhere up to 20 people. Each of us kids were given a task in the kitchen. There were vegetables to chop, sauces to make, garlic bulbs to peel, tables to set, herbs to gather from the garden and subsequently a mound of dishes to wash up. So I’ve decided to capture the Sunday Roast of my childhood in a soup. Here’s how my kids and I did it….
Delicious and totally evocative of Sundays with my family.
And finally, another soup I HAD to make last night because my greengrocer had just taken delivery of a box of first-of-the-season Chestnuts. Chestnut Soup sings of winter and sweet, nutty warming goodness. They aren’t as popular in Australia as they are in Europe which is a shame as they are dead easy to prepare. I couldn’t go past Andy Harris’ (Jamie Oliver’s wingman) recipe which you’ll find here. Only difference with mine is I roasted my chestnuts. I seriously urge you to give it a go. You can have it on the table in under an hour. The added bonus of this soup is that kids LOVE it, I promise.
Huge thanks to the team at Aussie Farmers Direct for supplying me with a box overflowing with perfect seasonal vegetables for my Sunday Roast Soup. Fabulous to know that they’re also supporting Food Revolution Day.
And to Appliances Online for putting me in touch with Breville. I am having a huge love-in with their All in One and encourage you to buy one. You won’t regret it.
So, what are you going to cook today and if you made a soup, which one would it be?
Until next time….
(This is not a sponsored post ~ it comes from the heart.)