Sweet Pea & Mint Soup

It´s that time of year again. The winter feels like it´s lasted for ages. The streets of Barcelona have been crisp and chilly, but the sun is still shining brightly. The first signs of spring are in the air (at least in my head they are)! I usually eat a lot of soups during the colder months. And while I love hearty, thick, chunky soups, I had an urge for something a bit fresher today. This soup is slightly sweet, with a hint of mint. It´s not only easy to make, it´s incredibly easy to eat!

Ingredients:

400g peas (fresh or frozen)

400g potatoes, cubed

2 onions, diced

50g butter

2 cloves garlic, chopped

vegetable stock

150ml of cream

mint, small bunch

Water

Fish sauce, a big dash

Method:

Heat the butter in a pan and gently fry the onions and garlic with some salt and pepper. Cook until the onions are golden and they start to stick to the bottom of the pan a bit. Add the potatoes and keep stirring for a few minutes. Then cover with stock (I used 1.5l), cover and simmer for around 15-20 minutes (until the potatoes are cooked).

Add the peas (I used frozen) and cook for around 3 minutes.

Char´s tip: Do not over cook the peas, you want them to keep their fresh, vibrant green colour.

Turn off the heat then add the cream. Blend until the soup is fairly smooth and leave to cool. Add the mint when the soup is cold and blend again. If you add the mint when the soup is still hot the leaves can turn brown, which can darken the soup. Enjoy with some crusty bread.

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So, for my avid readers it´ll be obvious that there has been a long time of radio silence.

I felt very guilty about that, but I had good reason. I had a wonderful baby some months ago. Yeahhhh! Growing a baby is a strange thing. Almost as soon as I fell pregnant I totally went off cooking. The smells of cooking fish particularly, made me feel quite ill (a little ironic for someone who was writing a pescetarian food blog)! Anyway, I´m back to ´normal´ now and back in the kitchen with my new venture BCN Hungry MAMAS. It´s a Healthy, Friday lunch club for mums on the run!

It´s for those too busy being a new mum to find the time to eat properly. Those feeling run down and need a health boost and those who have gone off cooking in pregnancy. Mums come to enjoy a nutritious, tasty meal, with food to take away.

We serve fresh, healthy, vegetarian food all homemade from scratch, using nuts, seeds, pulses and cheese as a protein boost. Some of the recipes will feature on this blog (when the little one allows me the time to write them up). So watch this space for some exciting new recipes (less frequent than before sadly). And please like, share and follow our Facebook page….

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