Katie Thomson journeys to the mountains and dunes of Oman to discover unrivalled landscapes and classic Arabian hospitality.The name Oman is a particularly evocative one. It speaks of the shifting sands of dunes and deserts, the intricate mastery of wood carving, interiors bedecked in jewel-toned fabrics reflected in shining brasswork and of millennia-old traditions and […]
A hug in a bowl on a cold evening – plus an excellent speedy recipe for Welsh Rarebit.
Cawl Cennin - Welsh Leek Soup
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion
- 3 leeks medium, cleaned and sliced
- 400 g potatoes roughly chopped
- 900 ml vegetable stock
- 150 ml double cream
- 1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
For the Quick Welsh Rarebit Toast
- 225 g cheddar cheese grated
- 25 g butter softened
- 1 tbsp Wocestershire Sauce
- 1 tbsp English Mustard
- 2 tbsp Welsh ale or milk
- 4 slices bread toasted
- To make the soup, heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion, leek and potato and cook for 4-5 minutes or until softened and lightly coloured.
- Add the stock and seasoning, bring to the boil then cover, reduce the heat to simmer for 15 minutes or until the potato is tender.
- Whiz with a hand blender to a smooth consistency then reheat, stir in the cream or crème fraiche and adjust the seasoning, to taste.
- Meanwhile for the Welsh Rarebit, crumble the cheese and mix with the butter, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and ale or milk. Spread evenly over the toast and cook under a preheated grill for 1-2 minutes to melt the cheese and tinge brown in places.
- Ladle the hot soup into bowls and garnish with chopped parsley. Cut the Welsh Rarebit into triangles to enjoy with the soup.
With the swirling pressure of making New Year’s resolutions, it can be easy to get a little too introspective – most of the time, these resolutions centre on self improvement (or sometimes self flagellation disguised as self improvement!) but what if this year, instead of looking in, you looked out?
A healthy, vegan breakfast featuring a dose of heart-healthy turmeric. Turmeric and especially its most active compound curcumin have many scientifically-proven health benefits, such as the potential to prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer. It’s a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis.
Mango Smoothie Bowl
- 1 pack M&S Simply Mango
- 150 ml coconut milk
- 1 pinch turmeric
- coconut yoghurt to serve
- 1 tbsp granola
- fresh fruit of choice
- Blitz the mango with the turmeric and coconut milk until just smooth. Pour the smoothie into two bowls.
- Top with the granola and fruit of your choice: raspberries and kiwi work well. Finish with a scoop of coconut yoghurt.