Melissa’s Soup Toppings you’ll love

  As a self-confessed soup lover, I am always looking for ways to add extra flavour, crunch and excitement to my soup. So here are 5 ways you can spruce up yours: 1. Halloumi Croutons:   not technically “croutons” as there’s no bread involved but these are delicious cubes of crispy fried halloumi. Simply chop, fry in a little butter or oil & cook to your desired crispiness.  Get the recipe. 2. Make a fridge raid herby drizzle:  Whizz up any herbs or left over salad leaves you’ve got that need some love with some olive oil, vinegar or lemon juice & a little salt in a blender & drizzle on.  Try this recipe. 3. Roast some veggies:  Depending on what soup you’re making, you might like to roast a little of what you’re using for ultimate texture & flavour on top. I love roasting kale or any discarded cauliflower leaves for extra crunch.  Try this. 4. A drizzle of olive oil/yoghurt/kefir:  I love adding extra swirls to my soups and particularly

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.

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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.
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3. NEW: Broccoli & quinoa salad with pickled pink onions
I love this with quinoa or lentils but if you’ve got rice or pearl barley that works too.

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4. NEW: Spring Veg & Feta Tart
This Spring Veg & Feta Tart just went live as part of my monthly column for the Telegraph magazine – you will absolutely love this and leftovers will keep for a few days too.

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5.  Spinach Pancakes with Asparagus
Made with chickpea flour (also known as gram flour) this is a cheap and readily available flour and is super versatile.

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6. A Simple Elegant Salad
Halloumi keeps very well in the fridge and this is lovely with apples or pears. If you’ve got any apples turning a little brown, then add them in to this to stop them going to waste.

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7. Spring Minestrone
Minestrone is one of my all time favourite soups and this brings it all the colour and freshness of Spring in.

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8. Lemon Blueberry Pancakes
Using porridge oats and ripe bananas and frozen berries, this pancake recipe brings lots of cheer.

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9. Cheesy Pea Risotto
This is inspired by a risotto but you can use quinoa or buckwheat or maybe you have pearl barley or something else to use up? Add kale/rocket/spinach/wild garlic/any greens are perfect.
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10. Iced Teas & Mocktails
Stay hydrated (& avoid waste) by using up herbs, herb stems & herbal teas for these iced teas & mocktails. Peel ribbons of veg, slice wedges of fruit and use their peel.
Get inspired.

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