Pea and Mint soup
Finally I started actually cooking from Jamie Oliver's books. When I'm looking or reading his books I want to try all of his recipes. They look so interesting even if they are very simple. So far I've tried 2 new recipes. They were really easy and absolutely delicious. But most probably more than his cooking, I adore his personality, his devotion to food and making everyone eat healthier. Have you known that his story is like a fairy tale? Failing all exams at school and suffering from dyslexia, Jamie managed to become the most famous celebrity chef in the UK and one of the most known chefs in the world. And who would argue that he is very cute himself, not to mention his lovely wife and his 3 daughters with wonderful flower names!!! So let me start with a simple pea and mint soup from 'Jamie's Ministry of Food'. As Jamie says this soup can be eaten cold or hot with a squeeze of lemon juice. In Istanbul it is about 15C now so I had it hot with a slice of toasted garlic bread. Lovely!!!
What we need:
2 sticks of celery
2 medium onions
2 cloves of garlic
2 chicken or vegetable stock cubes
800gr frozen peas
a small bunch of fresh mint
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
What we have to do:
1. Peel and slice carrots, slice celery, peel and roughly chop the onions and garlic.
2. Preheat a large pan and add 2 tbsp of olive oil. Add all the chopped vegetables and mix together with a spoon. Cook for around 10 min until carrots have softened and the onion is lightly golden.
3. Put the stock cubes in a jug and add 1,8 ml of boiling water. Stier until cubes are dissolved and add to the vegetables.
4. Add the peas. Give the soup a good stir and bring it to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes.
5. When peas are softened, remove from the heat. Season with salt and pepper, add mint leaves. Using a hand blender pulse the soup until smooth.
6. Serve with a toasted bread with extra virgin olive oil or a portion of chips on the side. Enjoy!