Ratatouille Soup

Ratatouille Soup - A luscious, creamy, healthy soup -  great for using up the leftover bits of veg from your ratatouille.Making something delicious out of leftovers.  It’s a good feeling.

It’s one of those things that you have to celebrate by yourself though.  Personally I think my family should be exclaiming in delight that I made luscious, creamy, healthy soup from the unused ends of my ratatouille veg and the tiny bit of leftovers from the meal itself.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that everyone polished off their soup, and even demanded seconds.  But wouldn’t it be nice to get a ‘WHAT? REALLY? you made this out of nothing? out of bits that were going to be thrown away?? that’s stupendous! I’m so impressed with your ingenuity!’.  Perhaps a little much to expect from a four-year-old and an eight-year-old, but maybe it’ll happen one day.

So this meal is for all of you out there who use up your leftovers, who save the environment, who save money, and who use the resources of their imagination to put a meal on the table out of seemingly nothing.  WELL DONE! I think you’re brilliant!!

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Stuffed Apples with Crumble Topping

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Creamy Tomato Risotto with Crispy Garlic Crumbs - a creamy and satisfying dinner with a wonderful crunchy topping.

Creamy Tomato Risotto with Crispy Garlic Crumbs

You need this meal in your life! Meet my new absolute favourite risotto. The creamy tomato base has a hint of lemon that’s just so mouth-wateringly moreish you won’t be able to put your fork down until your plate is clear (and maybe your plate is licked clean too.  I, erm, definitely don’t do that.). The addition… 

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