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Thursday, 8 September 2011

Curried Lentil Soup, Curried Pinwheel Scones and a Giveaway!

I've been trying to run down the fresh goodies in my fridge and larder this week in preparation for us going on holidays soon. I never like to go away leaving much in the fridge to go off. We will only be gone for about a week, but still . . .

It's been rainy and nasty as well . . . soup weather. I sure hope that this rain doesn't go on for long! I hate to think of us spending a week up in Cumbria being totally rained in, but nevertheless . . . as Todd says, nobody comes to England for the weather!

I made us this tasty soup today for our lunch. It's adapted from a recipe I found in the October issue of Good Food Magazine. Theirs was accompanied by curried pinwheel breadrolls, but I thought that I would make curried pinwheel scones instead, coz . . . we like scones, and I didn't have any bread mix that their recipe called for in the house.

It also gave me a chance to use this handy new tool I picked up the other day when I was out. The Tala Cook's measure. I found it in Hobby Craft strangely enough! I just love it!! Internally graduated, for precise weighing of dry ingredients such as sugar, rice & flour, it makes a great alternative to a set of scales. It worked like a charm. In fact I liked it so much that I have decided to give one of you, my readers, one as a gift! It doesn't matter where you live. I'll send it anywhere. To be in on the giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post and sign up as a follower. If you are already a follower, just let me know in your comment. I'll draw one of your names when I get back from my holiday and I may even throw in a special little surprise extra! Good luck everyone!

In the meantime, have some soup!

*Curried Lentil Soup*
Serves 4
Printable Recipe

Quick, easy, filling and delicious!

2 TBS curry paste (Choose your own poison according
to how strong you want it. I chose a milder one)
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled and grated
5 ounces red lentils (about 3/4 cup)
1 litre of hot vegetable stock (about 4 1/2 cups)
salt and white pepper to taste

Heat the curry paste in a saucepan for about a minute over medium heat. Add the onion. Cook and stir for a further 2 minutes until fragrant. Stir in the carrots and lentils to coat with the onions and curry paste. Pour in the hot stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 25 to 30 minutes until the lentils are tender. Blitz with a stick blender until smooth. Alternately blitz carefully in a stand blender or a food processor until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper and then serve, ladled out into heated bowls.

*Curried Pinwheel Scones*
Makes 12
Printable Recipe

Golden brown and crusty outside, meltingly tender inside, and swirled with delicious curry spice.

8 ounces flour (2 cups)
1/2 tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
1 TBS sugar
4 ounces cold butter, cut into bits (1/2 cup)
150ml of cold milk (2/3 cup)
1 TBS Curry Paste

Preheat the oven to 220*C/425*F/ gas mark 7. Butter a large baking sheet. Set aside.

Sift the flour into a bowl along with the salt and baking powder. Drop in the butter and rub it into the flour mixture until it resembles bread crumbs. Stir in the sugar. Stir in the milk until you have a soft dough. Tip out onto a lightly floured surface and knead several times. Pat out into an 8 by 12 inch rectangle. Spread the curry paste all over the top. Roll up from the long side tightly, like a jelly roll. Pinch the seam closed. Using a sharp knife cut into 12 1-inch slices. Place onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving some space in between each for spreading.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until lightly browned. Serve hot with soup.

There are some delicious Leek, Mustard and Parsley Stuffed Jacket Potatoes over in the Cottage today.


  1. That looks easy enough. We're doing the same and cleaning out the cupboard. Strange fixin's lately. Have a great trip even if it rains. xo Jenny

  2. Lentil Soup was the first thing I made at school in cookery class! Ours wasn't curried though, our food wasn't quite so exotic in the early 60's ha ha!!

    Marie I already have one of those Tala measures but I'd like to be included because my daughter Rhiannon has been after mine and it will save me having to buy her one if I'm lucky enough to win!

    I'll be making some tomato soup tomorrow because Peter has grown too many plants and we have ripe tomatoes in bowls all over the kitchen!! Have a great day! xx

  3. Yet another great recipe. I taught my boys how to make lentil soup when they were very young, so that when they became students and were skint they could always cook something cheap and healthy x

  4. Ooh, sounds very tasty and the measure looks super useful so I'd definitely like a chance to win that! I think Im a follower, I am in my Blogger blog roll at any rate.

  5. We eat lentil soup once a week .. this recipe is different and i will sure try it..
    you know i'm your follower dear.. have a wonderful day..

  6. The soup and scones are wonderful, just my cup of tea! And the Tala measuring cone is a great give away ~ but please don't add me to the draw Marie, it would not be fair as I have four already! Yes, Four! One new one as shown and three old ones, with different measurements in them to the modern ones, inherited from both grandmas and very old, I will show them on my blog one day!
    GREAT give away and GREAT Autumn food! Nothing less than I expect from you darlink!

  7. around here, the fridge gets lowest when a nor'easter or hurricane comes threatening. we live in an urban area, so re-stocking afterwards isn't such a chore ;) those scones look great! my favorite curry-spice mix is garam masala. what a neat little tool. enjoy your holidays! (i follow you on my blog roll)

  8. This is one give away I cannot resist.Nothing like that available here.
    I am in need of this:) And how cute is it?

    So..I am in:)..

    The soup looks so good too..Thanks..

  9. I stumbled upon both your blogs earlier this week and I am so grateful that I did. I set myself to follow both of them because you write so well. You make me feel grounded and inspired. Thank you for all the time you take to share bits of your life, I enjoy reading about it so much! I adore lentil soup, but I've never had it curried. I will have to try it for certain.
    Dee Dee

  10. What a great idea - the leek stuffed potatoes. I'm already a subscriber and would like to be entered into your competition please. Ta!

  11. These recipes look fabulous! I can't wait to try them now that the weather is getting cooler and we've had nothing but rain for the past week.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! I'm a follower through Blogger.

  12. Definitely going to be trying both of these recipes and the measuring cup is an inspired idea.

    I already follow you via Blogger.

  13. But of course we are followers! The goatmother says to tell you she made the chicken and stuffing pie with creamed carrots and peas and it was to die for! Thank you!

  14. YUM YUM YUM!! lovely soup and scones - just the thing for a rainy day. Of course I am a very happy follower of yours!! Hope you have a wonderful holiday
    Mary oxo

  15. Mmmm I love the flavor of curry powder, and I'd love to have the nifty measuring cone. Looks like it has many different measuring marks inside too - handy.

  16. I'll be making the soup but not too sure on the scones - I'm not a baker. I'm a follower and have loved many of your recipes.

  17. Wow, this looks gorgeous! I am so envious of your food photography.

    Your site is beautiful, by the way, and I'm honored that you're following my little blog.


  18. Marie this look delicious,I love lentil soup, look amazing, huggs my dear, xxgloria

  19. Thanks for the chance to enter your contest! I am a follower.

  20. Here I am again Marie! The measuring jug looks fantastic.
    I have three jugs that I use at the moment that have different measurements. It can get a little messy at times when using all three plus all the other equipment needed.
    My husband uses one of them every morning for his breakfast in the microwave and I've noticed that the marks have nearly disappeared....
    If I was lucky enough to win (even though I'm all the way over on the other side of the world - but my daughter lives in Edinburgh and is coming to visit in December...hint hint) I could hide this new one just for me ;) Sneeky I know.
    There's that British sense of humour again!
    No matter what thanks for the chance. Have a wonderful weekend :D

  21. Everything looks delightful - have a wonderful holiday!

  22. Hello I am already a follower on Goggle! What a great tool that cup is...thank you for giving us a chance to win one. :-) The soup looks so yummy, I am always at a loss for what to do with lentils. I love the little blue/green french ones but they always end up tossed in a soup or chili. I may try this recipe this winter.



  23. My aunt has one of these and I have loved it so very much. I saw these in a catalogue yesterday and fell in love with them.

  24. Hi Marie! I have been reading both your blogs for about two years now and my husband and I have enjoyed many of your wonderful recipes at our own table. We especially enjoy the Blackcurrant Jam Cake in which I substituted Raspberry Pastry filling and a little Raspberry extract in the buttercream frosting since any kind of currant jam is hard to find here in the Western United States. Thank you for providing excellent recipes I can feed my family with! You are a Gem!

  25. I love your blog and I'm following you. The measuring tool seems like it would be perfect! Have a fun Holiday!

  26. I have found your blog only recently, but I will definitely visit often, and I do follow you! Great recipes!

  27. I found your 2 blogs a while ago and love, love, love them. And what makes them even better is the fact that you are from Gimli. I live in Winnipeg and my husband is from Winnipeg Beach, born and raised. So I feel even more connected. I have tried many of your recipes and loved them all. I would also love to win the Tala. thanks for reading this.
    Venus Olson

  28. Im too on holiday, im out in houston, texas, its my first trip to america and i just love love love all the food I can buy and bake. I too have blogged whilst I have been away and continue to read your blog as i just love it. I am very new to blogging and hope one day my blog might get read by a few more pople! i hope you have a great trip, I look forward to reading more of your recipes. Love claire x

  29. I've always wanted to go to England, but for right now, your blog is the closest I'm going to get! Reading it makes me smile :)

    This is a most interesting measuring cup--I have never seen one like it in the US. I would love to have one!

  30. PS-It won't let me become a Follower--I don't know what's wrong. Boooo!

  31. Oooo, I would love to be entered into your contest to win one of these measuring devices! In fact, I was just looking at one in Lakeland the other day - really nifty! I think I am a follower already, at least I hope I am! I get the RSS feed of your blog to my Google reader page :)

    Hope you're having a great holiday - I've been away for a bit and am enjoying reading your recent posts! That sticky toffee pud looks divine...! xo

  32. Delicious and def worth trying. I do enjoy your recipes! Have a great trip (Cumbria is my fave place too). Thanks for a chance to win a very useful tool xx


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