Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Random Recipes #10 - Round Up

well... what a month eh?  I realise that for some of you, soup would never be on the menu but for many of you it seemed to have hit the jackpot with these cold wintery days approaching... I know Jac and I had some great fun reading all your wonderful entries... it is amazing how many recipes there really are out there for such a simple dish... so thank you all... sit back with a warming bowl of the good stuff and enjoy your reading...

... first out of the kitchen was Manu from Cooking Manu with a lovely recipe for Pea and Pesto Soup or Zuppa di Piselli e Pesto which I think sounds so wonderful as it rollllllls off the tongue, the soup was randomly selected from Nigella Express.

next up is Random Recipes Virgin, Nikki from Food Glorious Food who has made one of my favourite soups, Spiced Parsnip, selected from The New Soup Bible, welcome her nicely kids...

Lovely Lou from Please Do Not Feed The Animals has made this really intoxicating Roast Onion Soup with Thai Spices taken from Nigel Slaters Real Cooking.

and next a surprisingly nice Spiced Citrus Bean Soup from Gary at Exploits of a Food Nut who went for a web-search on BBC Food Website.

next up we have Ruth from Makey-Cakey with this very warming Lentil and Pasta Soup taken from the Soup Bible.

the lovely Victoria from 21st Century Urban Housewife made this wonderful Butternut Squash and Apple Soup taken from Elana's Pantry

well, next up we have the rather wonderful Little Macaroon with a double soup combo, one savoury in the form of this 'Duffer' soup (don't ask, just go visit...) taken from Jamie's Ministry of Food

and the other this rather special sweet Kheer, taken from the depths of Macaroons untidy brain!

now, new to RR but not to NCR is Emma from A Splash of Vanilla who made this Tomato Tuscan Bread Soup from How to Cook Italian by Giuliano Hazan

next is Michelle from Food, Football and a Baby with this yummy Roasted Tomato Soup with Spicy Croutons, taken from the gloriously titled, Ultimate Cooking Course and Kitchen Encyclopedia

and next up for your delectable delights, we have the glorious, the glamorous Lucy The KitchenMaid with her Hassan's Celery and White Bean Soup with Tomato and Carraway taken from the Moro East book.

let's not forget about me... i'm quite nice, with my yummy White Bean, Tomato and Sage Soup, taken from the New Covent Garden Company, Book of Soups

next up we have the lovely Jean from Baking in Franglais with this very wintery Spices Root Soup taken from 101 Soups and Sides from the BBC Good Food

and next we have the lovely Susan from The Spice Garden with this very nice Roasted Pepper Soup with Garlic Toasts, taken from... you guessed it... the ever popular Soup Bible

new to RR but not to NCR is Janet from The Taste Space with this stunning Brazilian Black Bean and Vegetable Stew taken from The Tropical Vegan Kitchen

next up we have Janice from Farmersgirl Kitchen who has been busy making a batch of this wonderfully rich and thick Easy Tomato Soup taken from Rose Elliot's The New Vegetarian Cookbook

lovely Michael from Me, My Food and I has whipped up another tomato soup but this time with a twist, its a Hot and Spicy Bloody Mary Soup from Loraine Pascal's Home Cooking Made Easy and it look bloody fabulous!

and now on to my darstardly partner in crime for RR does NCR, Jac from Tinned Tomatoes with this unusual soup of Fresh Ginger and Parsnip taken from the 30-Minute Vegetarian by Johanna Farrow

a welcome return to RR for Mel from Sharky Oven Gloves with this really lovely celeriac soup taken from HFW... I love celeriac but Mel says it was rather bland... maybe you could suggest some ways for her to perk it up?

next up is lovely Phil from As Strong As Soup (rather appropos) with this unusual Feta, Almond and Fennel Soup taken from Classic Bull by Stephen Bull

this month, Debbie from Cooking Up a Storm in a Teacup went all North Africa on us with this wonderful Spicy Moroccan Squash Soup taken from the old favourite New Soup Bible

next in is Lyndsey from Vanilla Clouds and Lemon Drops with what she calls a recipe fail but what I call divine, with this amazing Pumpkin Rice Laksa taken from her best friend Jamie Oliver...

next we have the delightful Eleanor, the BVG herself, with a very warming Tomato Soup taken from Catherine Fulvio's Family Kitchen

dearest Karen from Lavender and Lovage ... 'randomly' selected this celery soup from a rather old-fashioned but lovely Complete Farmhouse Kitchen cookbook

Lisa from Lisa's Kitchen made this divine Tangy Red Lentil Dal with Goda Masala

next we have Vicky from Cake Fairy Blog with this lovely recipe for Get Better Soup... it wasn't quite random, other than randomly chucking things in from the fridge... but we'll forgive her... 

next is Sweatha from the fragrant Tasty Curry Leaf with this wonderfully classic Mulligatawny Soup taken from Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian

and all the way from India with her lovely Pea Green Soup is Rudra from Mom's Corner, taken from Tarla Dalal

next is this wonderfully unusual African Peanut Soup from Emily at Triumph Wellness

and now on to Aveen from Baking Obsessively who has made perhaps one of my all time favourite soups, good old Leek and Potato, taken from A Celebration of Soup by Lindsey Bareham

another RR virgin but not to NCR is Shaheen from A2K Allotment 2 Kitchen with this very good Bajan Gungo Pea, Squash and Coconut Soup taken from  the brilliantly titled Lean Bean Cuisine

here's Gill from Tales of Pigling Bland with this really yummy looking Pea, Lettuce and Lovage Soup taken from the River Cottage Cookbook... what exactly is Lovage she asks...?

and finally onto the hardest working mummy in blog-land, Nazima at Working London Mummy with this delightful Butternut Squash Soup taken from the River Cafe Cookbook

In our infinite wisdom and the massive influx of entries, Jac and I have chosen 2 winners; because of his bravery with unusual ingredients we're happy to announce that the first is Phil from As Strong As Soup  and the second is Shaheen from A2K Allotment 2 Kitchen .  Jac will send you both out a special badge for your blog...

and don't forget to look out for the December Random Recipes... it's not what you're probably not thinking it might not be...


  1. Phew, we did it. And wow, look at those entries. Very, very ompressed. Thanks for being my partner in crime. Jac x

  2. My untidy brain? How very dare you (be so accurate!)???

    What an amazing selection - must've taken you donkey's to get through all those! No excuse for not knowing what to cook this winter eh?

  3. while drinking a mug of leek and potato!! :) SOUP RULES!!!

  4. IT is TRUE Dom and Jac, I DID randomly select the soup...........!!
    Anyway, thanks for the wonderful challenge and LOOK at all of those great entries, what a fabulous turn out!

  5. How wonderful. You could publish your own soup book based on these!

  6. Thanks for hosting again Dom...I can't wait to try out some of these...

  7. Soup is the perfect pick-me-up and thse all look wonderful. Wow!

  8. So many ideas, all warm and comfortung!!!

  9. I am in Soup Heaven! Amazing round up and such fabulous recipes. Well done : )

  10. That's an impressive round up. I need a lie down and all I did was read it. And what's going on? I never win anything! It's due to the excellent Stephen Bull, of course, but I've had my acceptance speech ready for the last thirty years or so so I'm not wasting it. First I'd like to thank my producer, the rest of the cast, the cameraman....(continued on pages 63 - 145)

  11. mmmm, there's some lovely looking soupage here. My New Year's resolution is going to be to start entering random recipes! (I'd say December resolution but I know myself too well) x

  12. that's a great roundup! I will just bookmark this page for future soup making! I'm getting a bit bored of my usual favourites.

    I'm sorry I missed this one, I was so sure I will make it, but I made a 'wrong' i.e. non vegetarian soup and then for some reason, haven't got down to blogging about other unimpressive soups.

    "it's not what you're probably not thinking it might not be..."

    I'm still trying to work out this sentence.

  13. Fab round up, I really like the look of that African peanut soup, never seen anything like that before. Looking forward to December RR already, esp if it's not what we think it might be, so now I don't know what to think it is or it's not!

  14. wow what an amazing selection of soups! perfect for the current weather. Will have to bookmark this page for future reference.

  15. what a fantastic roundup and so many lovely soup ideas here. Thanks!

  16. Well done Shaheen and Phil - well deserved winners - those soups look very impressive.
    And wow, what a resource this post it - I know exactly where to come for inspiration when I fancy making soup (which is quite often).
    Thanks Dom and Jac.

  17. Wow, what a fantastic round-up!! Now there's no excuse for not having any soup inspiration this winter… Looking forward to the December RR!

  18. You and Jac did a wonderful job. So many lovely soups.

  19. Really, What a wonderful and completely unexpected surprise. It was a new and enjoyable experience for me to be participating in Random Recipes this month (thanks to Jacqueline) and to win a badge for my blog - wonderful. I will display it with great pride. Thank you to YOU and to Jacqueline for hosting such a fab event. It was really a good way for me to be introduced to Random Recipes, and hopefully more participating from me in the future.

    Also congrats to Phil - interesting and unusual soup indeed.

  20. Brilliant round-up. This gives me enough delicious soup recipes to last a very long time. In fact, perhaps I can get rid of that book of soups - only it probably hasn't got anything chocolatey in it - foiled!

  21. loooove it!!! all so perfect for a cold winter's evening by the fireplace and a book and a blanket!

  22. another incredible round up Dom. I don't even know where to begin. Everything looks delish!

  23. Wow, so many soups to choose from! Winter is complete now!

  24. Dom, I FOUND it! **SOUP UPDATE PEEPS** A genuine sweet soup (I knew it would exist somewhere in this food paradise of Singapore). I just slurped a bowl of "ah balling", which is rice balls (same as Japanese mochi essentially) in sweet, hot, peanut soup. Ah-maze balling!!! Definitely going to be trying this one at home.


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