Pumpkin Soup

Filed Under Bart's Kitchen on October 29, 2011 | 2 Comments

It’s been a LONG time since I posted to this series, but I was preparing for Halloween today, and decided I may as well grab some pictures while I worked so I could share my recipe with the world. Because it was un-planned the pics are not great, and my kitchen was less than spotless, but still, I think the shots are good enough to illustrate this quite simple recipe.


  • Half a small pumpkin
  • Four onions
  • Four potatoes
  • Parsley (fresh preferred, but dried OK)
  • Thyme (dried)
  • Salt & Black Pepper
  • OPTIONALLY – Nutmeg, Coriander, and Cumin
  • VERY OPTIONALLY – Cayenne Pepper, and Curry Powder

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Brussel SproutsIn an ideal world we’d all eat fresh vegetables every day, but in reality, we often have to make do with frozen veg instead. That’s no reason not to make the most of them though, so today’s very simple recipe describes how I make the most of frozen Brussels Sprouts. BTW – apologies for the poorer quality of these photos, I left it too late in the day and the light was poor.

The list of ingredients:

  • Frozen Brussels Sprouts (75-100g per person)
  • a knob of Butter
  • salt, black-pepper, and ground nutmeg

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Traditional Belgian Vegetable SoupI think every Belgian mother and Grand Mother makes a version of this soup – all very similar, and yet all slightly different. This is my own take on it, which is a hybrid of my Mum’s version and her mother’s version.

Lets start with a list of ingredients:

  • Three medium-sized Onions
  • Three medium-sized Potatoes (accidentally omitted from the photo below, sorry!)
  • 2 medium-sized carrots
  • 2 Sticks of Celery
  • 1 big Leek
  • 1 Litre of vegetable stock
  • 1 to 2 Litres of water
  • Parsley & Chives (preferably fresh, but dried is OK)
  • Salt and Black Pepper
  • Vegetable Oil

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Pan Fried Pork Chops

Filed Under Bart's Kitchen on March 11, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Pan Fried Pork ChopsThis isn’t so much a recipe as a quick and simple tip for making fried pork taste great. You can use regular pork loin chops, or some of the more exotic cuts like gigot Chops.

All you’ll need is your pork, some ground Nutmeg, crushed black pepper, salt, and a little vegetable oil.

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Leek & Potato Soup

Filed Under Bart's Kitchen on February 27, 2011 | 1 Comment

Potato & Leek Soupwith all this being sick of late, I’ve gotten very fond of always having a pot of fresh soup in the fridge. This is a lovely soup which takes about 30 to 40 minutes to make, and will keep for three days.

The list of ingredients is nice and simple and cheap:

  • 3 medium sized Onions
  • 3 medium sized potatoes
  • 3 average sized Leeks
  • 2 litres of water
  • ground salt & black pepper
  • fresh or dried Parsley & Chives
  • a little vegetable oil

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Pan-fried SalmonJust a very simple recipe today – not sure it even counts as a recipe, more of a quick tip really. One of my favourite ways to cook salmon fillets, or indeed salmon steaks is to simply pan-fry them with the appropriate seasoning.

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Red Lentil & Tomato Soup

Filed Under Bart's Kitchen on February 7, 2011 | 8 Comments

Red Lentil & Tomato SoupThis is a recipe I got from my mother, and what I love about it is how quick it is. All-in-all it doesn’t take much more than 30 minutes to go from a craving for soup, to tucking in, and most of that time is just to let it boil! You can easily make this soup while you are cooking the rest of the meal or doing some house work.

Below are the list of ingredients, you’ll get four good portions out of these amounts:

  • 3 Cloves of Garlic (Mum only uses two, but I much prefer three)
  • 1 Onion
  • 170g of dried Red Lentils
  • a 400g tin of chopped Tomatoes (I like to use organic)
  • 850ml of Vegetable Stock (I use a gluten-free Vegetable Bouillon instead)
  • Parsley (ideally fresh, but dried will do in a pinch)
  • Salt & Black Pepper

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A Quick & Easy Oriental Salad

Filed Under Bart's Kitchen on January 29, 2011 | 2 Comments

Asian SaladWhen I started this experiment with blogging food stuff, I said that cooking was all about sharing, no post better illustrates that than this one. This is my take on a recipe that I got from Bren Finan, which he got from a friend of his, who got it from her mother, who probably got it from hers, and so on back through the ages. Bren’s friend’s mum happens to be Japanese, hence, this is an oriental salad. I’ve made my own alterations to the original as Bren thought it to me, and goodness know how many other alterations there have been, so the chances are very little of the original is recognisable!

This is a wonderfully imprecise dish, and open to infinite variety, so please please please experiment. Just use this post as a starting point, not as an end point.

Anyhow, when I make this salad I use the following:

  • A family pack of mixed leaves (i.e. a 100g bag with pre-washed lettuce of different colours in it)
  • One Apple
  • Half a block of mature red cheddar cheese, i.e. about 100g (bet this bit isn’t traditionally Japanese!)
  • A quarter of a cucumber (I like to get organic)
  • A handful of Cherry Tomatoes (I always get Organic, especially for a salad)
  • Some Mixed chopped nuts (I just use a small sprinkling, and you can use whole nuts too)
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Soy Sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper & salt

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This week I thought I’d share my favourite way to cook steaks. Despite the fact that I do marinate the steaks, you don’t have to do any prep work the day before or even a few hours before. You can leave the steak marinating while you prepare the rest of your meal, it only needs about 20-30 minutes.

Since this recipe describes the process per-steak, it’ll yield as many steaks as you make :) As for ingredients, the amounts will vary depending on the size and number of steaks you do, but you’ll need the following:

  • The steaks of your choice (I love Strip Loin)
  • A few cloves of Garlic
  • Lemon Juice
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Olive & Vegetable Oil
  • Fresh or Dried Rosemary
  • Freshly ground Black Pepper & Salt

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A Red Pepper Omlette

Filed Under Bart's Kitchen on January 13, 2011 | 3 Comments

Red Pepper OmeletteFollowing on from last week’s Bolognese recipe, I thought I’d share an omelette I often make with left over ingredients the next morning. This is very much a non-scientific thing, just take these amounts as guidelines. This recipe makes one generous omelette, I prefer to use two pans when I do this for two people rather than doubling everything in one pan because I don’t like my omelettes too thick.

Here are the ingredients I suggest:

  • 1 Small Red Onion
  • ½ Red Pepper
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • Salt, Pepper & some Herbs

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