Tag Archive | Tomato

Sausage, Shrimp & Kale Stew


  • 1 red onion (diced)
  • 1 carrot (diced)
  • 2 sticks celery (diced)
  • 2-3 pre-cooked sausages (sliced)
  • 4 pieces pre-cooked bacon (chopped)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried bail
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 can tinned tomatoes
  • 4C chicken stock
  • 1 can white beans
  • 4C kale (chopped)
  • 10 large pre-cooked shrimp
  • parmesan (grated to taste)
  • Olive Oil


  • In a large pot heat the olive oil over a medium heat. Add the onion, celery and carrot and saute for 5 mins.
  • Add the sausages, bacon and garlic and saute until brown.
  • Next add the dried basil, red pepper flakes, salt & pepper and saute for 1 min.
  • Add the tinned tomatoes, chicken stock and white beans and simmer on a low heat for 20 mins.
  • Turn the heat off, add the kale & shrimp and leave covered with a lid for a further 3 mins.
  • Serve with grated parmesan cheese on.


Roasted Tomato Soup with Croutons

This is lightly adapted from `Vegan Family Meals` by Ann Gentry; a book given to me for my birthday by my very good friend Lucy.

  • 3.5lb Ripe Vine Tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup + 2tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 12 Large cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 3 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground Black Pepper
  • 2 medium/large Red Onions
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed fresh Basil, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh Parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 fresh Tyme, finely chopped
  • 5 cups Organic Veg Stock, or Water
  • Heat the oven to 500. In a large bowl toss the tomatoes, 1/4 cup Olive Oil, 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar, 2 tsp Salt & 1tsp Black Pepper. transfer the mixture to a large heavy rimmed baking tray (arranging the tomatoes in a single layer skin side down) Roast until the tomatoes are charred on the edges, around 40 mins.
  • Heat the remaining 2tbsp of Olive oil in a large pot over a medium heat. Add the onions & the remaining 1tsp Salt. Stir often, until the onions are soft (around 10 mins) Add the Basil, Parsley & Tyme and saute for about 1 min. Stir in the roasted tomato mixture and bring to a simmer. Add the Veg stock (or water) and simmer for around 8 mins.
  • Total cooking time  1hr 10mins

Herbed Croutons.

  • 1 crusty French Bagette, chopped into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Basil
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp Fresh ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Heat the oven to 375. Toss the bread cubes, Basil, Rosemary, Black Pepper & Salt in a bowl. Drizzle the Olive Oil over the bread cubes. Arrange the bread cubes in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Bake until the croutons are golden brown, around 15 mins
  • Total cooking time  20mins