Beasty Meals from the East!

So one minute the Beast from the East brings us sub zero temperatures and snow. The next minute we get teleported to the caribbean for the hottest April in like a gazillion years. And now, we are in some not-so-happy-medium whereby I’m cold and its drizzly 🙁



The good news for me is that I often film and snap content for my blog and never get time to actually edit and post it! So the full circle back around to winter means I can post warming recipes from a while back 🙂

Today’s recipes transport us to the culinary world of warming spices, throat smoothing scents and belly filling yumminess. I spent a few weeks out of action because I had a viral infection and spent all day everyday munching on porridge and soup.

This Vegetable and Lentil Soup with homemade bread has therefore been trialed and tested many times and will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside!


Carrot and Lentil Soup


  • 2 chopped onions
  • 2 chopped cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp chopped chillies
  • 2 chopped carrots
  • 2 sticks chopped celery
  • 1 chopped pepper
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tsps turmeric
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 4 tsps gram masala
  • 2 cups red split lentils
  • Coconut yogurt (optional for on top)


  1. Place the onions and garlic and heat in a large saucepan until golden.
  2. Add in all the chopped veg and spices and coat well.
  3. Allow to cook for 10 mins or so.
  4. Pour in a litre of vegetable stock and the lentils and stir well.
  5. Put on lid and leave to simmer for around 40mins.
  6. You will need to check on the soup every 10mins or to give it a good stir.
  7. Sirve pipping hot with a dollop of coconut yogurt and a fresh wholemeal roll.


Wholemeal Bread Rolls


  • 1 sachet dried active yeast (7g)
  • 350ml luke warm water
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup/sugar/ sweetener of your choice
  • 400g wholemeal bread flour (plus extra)
  • 2 tbsps olive oil


  1. Place the yeast and luke warm water together in a jug with the maple syrup and leave to rest for about 10 minutes.
  2. After 10 minutes you will see that the yeast has frothed up and bubbles are forming
  3. If this hasn’t happened then the yeast has been killed off this is because the water is likely to have been too hot!
  4. Mix yeast mixture with the flour and beat thoroughly.
  5. Leave to rest in an oiled bowl in a warm place for at least an hour and doubled in size.
  6. Punch out the air and form your rolls.
  7. Leave these to prove again for another hour or so.
  8. Cook in a preheated oven for about 30mins or until golden.


You can watch how to do this here on my YouTube Channel 🙂

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