Melissa’s 10 Spring Weekend Recipes

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    Hello, Melissa here, sharing 10 of my absolute favourite Springtime recipes to enjoy over the long weekend or whenever you please.  I’ve picked these out especially as they are all simple, cheerful and based on easy to get ingredients like seasonal veg, popular cupboard items and frozen produce too.     1. Chocolate Clusters Totally flexible chocolate bites – inspired by the rice krispie clusters that my Mum never let me have! Use whatever you have to hand in your cupboards; coconut flakes / seeds / chopped nuts work really well too. And look out for fairtrade chocolate. Get the recipe.     2. Asparagus Tray Bake This one pan tray bake makes use of frozen peas, broad beans or edamame if you have it in your freezer and if you can’t get asparagus yet, swap for broccoli of any kind or greens you already have. Get the recipe.     3. NEW: Broccoli & quinoa salad with pickled pink onions I love this with quinoa or len

Jasmine’s Simple Soups to Warm The Soul

Oh the weather outside is frightful… But what that does mean is that we get to cosy up in our blankets and slippers with loved ones, and connect with one another around a lovely warming home-cooked dish. What better way to warm up and nurture your digestion than with a good ol’ bowl of soup? Sounds romantic, even fairytale-like in the daily rush of life, but honestly nothing’s easier than a one-pot dish to feed a crowd. Say hello to the favourites that I rely on at this time of year — there’s certainly something for everyone!

Cumin Beetroot Soup

A ruby red soup I discovered at the COMO Metropolitan Hotel on Park Lane and to which I added cinnamon (by mistake, but it works!!!), this one is a winter warmer if there ever was one, thanks to the earthy beets and fire-starting spices.

Winter Sunset Soup With Ginger, Cumin and Rosemary

This soup is amazing in the run-up to Christmas, and endlessly adaptable with all the bits you’ve got in the fridge.

Super Supper Mung Dal Soup

Mung dal is a total essential in my house, so I always have the ingredients for this golden wonder ready to go. It’s both light and super nourishing — perfect for a chilly night.

Chicken Soup for the Soul With Gram Dumplings

The healing power of chicken soup needs no introduction, but here’s my take on the age-old classic, slow-cooked and made extra hearty with the chickpea flour dumplings.

Cashew and Cauliflower Soup With Oregano, Chilli and Lemon Zest Gomashio

Inspired by my travels to Greece earlier this year, this one is so filling and satisfying, and topped with a zesty, tangy gomashio that will soon become a favourite in your house.

Boxing Day Soup

Many families have a traditional Boxing Day recipe they make to use up all the leftovers from Christmas dinner. In my family, it’s soup! This one is my other half’s mum’s recipe, and can be made with just about anything you served up on the 25th.

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