Monthly Archives: March, 2017

The Best Tzatziki

Here’s my Tzatziki recipe.  Whenever I make this there are lots of happy faces in my house!  It’s great for dipping veggies or breads, slathering into wraps, topping potatoes of any kind and anything else you can think of really…

  • half a cucumber
  • 2 tsp sea salt flakes (or 1 tsp fine sea salt – use half a tsp instead of a whole one where directed below)
  • 500g tub greek style yoghurt
  • large garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • handful fresh dill (or mint if you prefer), finely chopped

Peel the cucumber and run a teaspoon down the middle of it to remove the seeds.  Finely chop the light green flesh and place it in a small sieve over a bowl, mixed with 1 tsp of the salt, and leave for an hour.  You should see some liquid in the bowl by the time it’s finished.

Decant the yoghurt into a serving bowl.  Peel the garlic and place it in a pestle and mortar along with the other teaspoon of salt, then crush to a paste.  Add the oil, vinegar and black pepper to the garlic paste and whisk it together to emulsify.  Now add this dressing mixture to the yoghurt and stir until thoroughly combined.

Tip the cucumber out onto some good quality kitchen paper and blot it dry, then carefully remove it from the paper and add it to the yoghurt along with the chopped dill.  Stir to combine.

If you can, leave this in the fridge, covered with clingfilm, for a couple of hours before serving to let the flavours come together…it’s worth it!

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Carrot Soup with Honey

This is the recipe for the soup we served at the last Sutton Soup event.  It is a wonderfully simple soup, made all the better if you use good quality ingredients.  Please do try to use organic carrots and an interesting honey here – you will be rewarded!

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1.5 litres veg stock (I like Kallo)
  • 1.2kg carrots, chopped
  • 2 tbsp honey

Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the onion and garlic in it for five minutes.  Add the stock and carrots and bring to the boil.  Cover and simmer for 40 minutes, until the carrots are really tender.

Turn off the heat and let the soup sit with the lid on for five minutes or so, then add the honey and stir in to dissolve.  Season with salt and pepper and then blend till smooth with a hand blender.  Serve with a hearty bread like the focaccia pictured here, or wedges of cheese on toast. Delicious!

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