Souper Douper Weekend // FOOD

soup3 The arrival of autumn also brings the arrival of some quite chilly weather, and it’s my favourite thing ever. Bed socks get worn during the day and hot chocolates are just a form of coping. Another favourite part of the cooler weather for me is cooking, and my favourite thing to make is soup! It sounds so boring, but soup is one of the best things you can make on a cold day. If you pack it full of veggies, it’s super healthy too! I’ve written down my two favourite soup recipes for the cooler months, spicy potato and zucchini, and roasted garlic and pumpkin. Both of these are filled with garlic, spices and Vitamin C to help boost your immune system heading into the “sick” months.

Spicy Potato and Zucchini Soup

Makes three generous bowls


  • 1 brown onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • 3 cups of chicken stock (I use ‘chicken style’, free of any animal products)
  • 4 small potatoes, cubed
  • 2 large zuccinis, grated
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • In a heavy-based saucepan, sauté onion in olive oil until translucent
  • Add garlic and spices; stir until fragrant
  • Add stock, potatoes and zucchini and bring to the boil, cook until potatoes are tender
  • Use a stick blender to blend until smooth, adding more water if needed
  • Serve with a dollop of Greek yoghurt and a slice of toast

Roasted Garlic and Pumpkin Soup

Serves Four


  • ½ butternut pumpkin, cut into 3cm chunks
  • 1 bulb of garlic, tip chopped off
  • 1 brown onion, finely sliced
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 cup chicken stock (made with 2 stock cubes)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Preheat oven to 200ºC
  • Place pumpkin into roasting dish with whole garlic bulb, olive oil and rosemary sprigs. Roast until tender, about 40 minutes
  • Meanwhile, heat butter in heavy-based saucepan. Add onions and cook until caramelised
  • When the pumpkin is cooked, add the pumpkin, the garlic (squeeze them out of their skin, they should just pop right out) and some of the rosemary leaves into the pot along with the onion and stock
  • Blend until smooth
  • Enjoy!

What’s your favourite thing to cook in Winter?



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