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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

Melissa’s Fave Tomato Recipes

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Hello Melissa here! I thought I’d share a round of up my FAVE TOMATO RECIPES as we are happily in the thick of tomato season and I don’t know many people who don’t love tomatoes. Actually I do know a few who prefer them cooked than raw, so here are some speedy fresh tomato recipes and some slow roasted ones too. Hope you enjoy. And if your tomatoes aren’t ripe, keep them on the windowsill or in as much sun as possible, you’ll really taste the difference. P.S. Anyone else growing their own?     Chickpea Greek Style Salad This Chickpea Greek Style Salad brings everyone’s fave Greek Salad plus chickpeas together for extra heartiness. Or if you’re having a nice big fridge or cupboard rummage then add any beans you’ve got that need using, like butter beans or kidney beans.   Get the recipe.     Burrata, Mint & Two Way Tomatoes Burrata is certainly a luxury ingredient so for a very special occasion (in this case, a reunion with my friends over lockdown with thei

Melissa’s Fave Tomato Recipes

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Hello Melissa here! I thought I’d share a round of up my FAVE TOMATO RECIPES as we are happily in the thick of tomato season and I don’t know many people who don’t love tomatoes. Actually I do know a few who prefer them cooked than raw, so here are some speedy fresh tomato recipes and some slow roasted ones too. Hope you enjoy. And if your tomatoes aren’t ripe, keep them on the windowsill or in as much sun as possible, you’ll really taste the difference. P.S. Anyone else growing their own?     Chickpea Greek Style Salad This Chickpea Greek Style Salad brings everyone’s fave Greek Salad plus chickpeas together for extra heartiness. Or if you’re having a nice big fridge or cupboard rummage then add any beans you’ve got that need using, like butter beans or kidney beans.   Get the recipe.     Burrata, Mint & Two Way Tomatoes Burrata is certainly a luxury ingredient so for a very special occasion (in this case, a reunion with my friends over lockdown with thei

Jasmine’s 5 Hot Weather Refreshers

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The weather may be changeable, but there have been an awful lot of very hot days around these parts lately. On a scorching day when I’m just looking to cool down, these recipes are some of my sweet pick-me-ups for keeping cool and calm. Fennel, Grape & Mint Refresher This is a beautifully fragrant and refreshing alternative to a summer Pimm’s, especially since alcohol is dehydrating. You just need a blender and a sieve for this one. Frozen Grapes The easiest recipe ever, frozen grapes are exactly what they sound like, and they are a taste sensation. You’ll wonder why you’d never frozen your bunch of grapes before. Tamarind Juice Ditch the cola for this sweet tangy nectar that I first tasted on my travels to Zanzibar a couple years ago. It’s made using dried tamarind pulp or fresh tamarind if you can get your hands on it. Mango Lassi Mousse If your sweet tooth is calling, this mango lassi mousse is just the thing. It’s light, airy and super summery, and can be made with

Jasmine’s 5 Hot Weather Refreshers

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The weather may be changeable, but there have been an awful lot of very hot days around these parts lately. On a scorching day when I’m just looking to cool down, these recipes are some of my sweet pick-me-ups for keeping cool and calm. Fennel, Grape & Mint Refresher This is a beautifully fragrant and refreshing alternative to a summer Pimm’s, especially since alcohol is dehydrating. You just need a blender and a sieve for this one. Frozen Grapes The easiest recipe ever, frozen grapes are exactly what they sound like, and they are a taste sensation. You’ll wonder why you’d never frozen your bunch of grapes before. Tamarind Juice Ditch the cola for this sweet tangy nectar that I first tasted on my travels to Zanzibar a couple years ago. It’s made using dried tamarind pulp or fresh tamarind if you can get your hands on it. Mango Lassi Mousse If your sweet tooth is calling, this mango lassi mousse is just the thing. It’s light, airy and super summery, and can be made with

We’re Taking Part In The UK’s ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ Scheme

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Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we’ve seen the hospitality sector struggle more than we could have ever imagined. Having had to close the doors to our Hemsley Cafe along with the rest of Selfridges was incredibly hard. Now we’re back open, we want to do everything we can to make sure everyone who visits the cafe feels safe, relaxed and enjoys the experience as much as their food! We’re proud to say that Selfridges are leading the way across the board with their commitment to creating and maintaining a safe environment for customers to enjoy their visit in-store and at our cafe as well as the other eateries within Selfridges.  You’ll notice the cafe has been rejigged in line with the new regulations too, so we are operating with a reduced capacity. We’d advise booking ahead to avoid disappointment – just give us a ring on 020 7318 3170 or book online here.  Now that the oven is back on and the fresh veggies have been stocked up, we have all hands on deck and the kitchen is offi

We’re Taking Part In The UK’s ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ Scheme

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Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we’ve seen the hospitality sector struggle more than we could have ever imagined. Having had to close the doors to our Hemsley Cafe along with the rest of Selfridges was incredibly hard. Now we’re back open, we want to do everything we can to make sure everyone who visits the cafe feels safe, relaxed and enjoys the experience as much as their food! We’re proud to say that Selfridges are leading the way across the board with their commitment to creating and maintaining a safe environment for customers to enjoy their visit in-store and at our cafe as well as the other eateries within Selfridges.  You’ll notice the cafe has been rejigged in line with the new regulations too, so we are operating with a reduced capacity. We’d advise booking ahead to avoid disappointment – just give us a ring on 020 7318 3170 or book online here.  Now that the oven is back on and the fresh veggies have been stocked up, we have all hands on deck and the kitchen is offi