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Melissa’s Soup Toppings you’ll love

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  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

Beetroot Quinoa Risotto

How To: 1. Ideally soak the quinoa overnight or for 8 hours in double the volume of filtered water with a pinch of salt. Drain and rinse thoroughly before cooking 2. Preheat oven to 200˚C/180˚C fan assisted/gas mark 5. Wash and quarter the beetroot. Roast for 30 – 40 mins until tender (we use a knife and fork to handle the beetroot to avoid pink fingers or wash your hands immediately to avoid a pink stain!) 3. Meanwhile, peel & finely dice the onion(s). Peel & finely chop, grate or crush 1 large or 2 smaller garlic cloves. Wash the thyme, pick the leaves off the stalks 4. Wash the celery. Finely dice it. Heat the butter in a pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and fry until softened for 8 mins, stirring occasionally 5. Add the garlic, thyme and celery to the pan. Fry for 30 secs. Add the quinoa. Squeeze in the juice from ½ the lemon. Add 600ml of water. Turn up the heat to bring to the boil, then turn down to a medium simmer. Leave to cook for 12 -15 mins until the quin

Beetroot Quinoa Risotto

How To: 1. Ideally soak the quinoa overnight or for 8 hours in double the volume of filtered water with a pinch of salt. Drain and rinse thoroughly before cooking 2. Preheat oven to 200˚C/180˚C fan assisted/gas mark 5. Wash and quarter the beetroot. Roast for 30 – 40 mins until tender (we use a knife and fork to handle the beetroot to avoid pink fingers or wash your hands immediately to avoid a pink stain!) 3. Meanwhile, peel & finely dice the onion(s). Peel & finely chop, grate or crush 1 large or 2 smaller garlic cloves. Wash the thyme, pick the leaves off the stalks 4. Wash the celery. Finely dice it. Heat the butter in a pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and fry until softened for 8 mins, stirring occasionally 5. Add the garlic, thyme and celery to the pan. Fry for 30 secs. Add the quinoa. Squeeze in the juice from ½ the lemon. Add 600ml of water. Turn up the heat to bring to the boil, then turn down to a medium simmer. Leave to cook for 12 -15 mins until the quin

Melissa’s Cupboard Cooking Recipes

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Cooking from my cupboards is absolutely one of my favourite ways to soothe my worries. And now more than ever is it time to dig around in our cupboards and use the ingredients we’ve probably already got to make something delicious and waste-free. So keep scrolling for 6 recipes using store cupboard staples or freezer favourites that, like you, might need some love right now. Including 2 of the best working from home snacks! These can all be doubled, frozen and saved for another day! Also, if you’re not sure what to cook from the ingredients you have at home, you can type in an ingredient in  my website search bar  (top right of the homepage) and lots of recipes will come up which might tickle your tastebuds! If you need a bit of guidance on how to even start sorting your cupboards and cook money-saving meals from what you’ve already got then  read here   for my top tips. ANY BEAN ANY LENTIL CHILLI Got a few tins of beans and lentils to use? Anything goes here and this makes e

Melissa’s Cupboard Cooking Recipes

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Cooking from my cupboards is absolutely one of my favourite ways to soothe my worries. And now more than ever is it time to dig around in our cupboards and use the ingredients we’ve probably already got to make something delicious and waste-free. So keep scrolling for 6 recipes using store cupboard staples or freezer favourites that, like you, might need some love right now. Including 2 of the best working from home snacks! These can all be doubled, frozen and saved for another day! Also, if you’re not sure what to cook from the ingredients you have at home, you can type in an ingredient in  my website search bar  (top right of the homepage) and lots of recipes will come up which might tickle your tastebuds! If you need a bit of guidance on how to even start sorting your cupboards and cook money-saving meals from what you’ve already got then  read here   for my top tips. ANY BEAN ANY LENTIL CHILLI Got a few tins of beans and lentils to use? Anything goes here and this makes e

Jasmine’s Sustainable Clothing Line With Needle & Thread

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I quickly realised when I started to really look into food as medicine over 20 years ago that food, and how and when you eat it, is not the be all and end all when it comes to wellbeing, though it is of course a very important factor and a brilliant place to start. Taking a holistic approach to purchases outside of food can also be applied to everything we consume — and we’ll feel all the better for it. Shopping for clothes in recent years has been in the spotlight, and for good reason (do we have anything we can link to on our website?). the clothing that we wear, and the way we choose to purchase, the companies we support and their impact on our communities and the world. In that spirit, I recently announced some very exciting news: the launch of my first fashion collection. created with responsibly and recycled materials, in collaboration with Needle & Thread ! Dubbed the Elemental collection , it’s made up of 23 pieces inspired by the five universal elements and the chakra

Jasmine’s Sustainable Clothing Line With Needle & Thread

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I quickly realised when I started to really look into food as medicine over 20 years ago that food, and how and when you eat it, is not the be all and end all when it comes to wellbeing, though it is of course a very important factor and a brilliant place to start. Taking a holistic approach to purchases outside of food can also be applied to everything we consume — and we’ll feel all the better for it. Shopping for clothes in recent years has been in the spotlight, and for good reason (do we have anything we can link to on our website?). the clothing that we wear, and the way we choose to purchase, the companies we support and their impact on our communities and the world. In that spirit, I recently announced some very exciting news: the launch of my first fashion collection. created with responsibly and recycled materials, in collaboration with Needle & Thread ! Dubbed the Elemental collection , it’s made up of 23 pieces inspired by the five universal elements and the chakra