CockaLeekie Soup

Recipes for CockaLeekie soup or Cock a Leekie soup date back to the 1500’s and my version embraces the traditional use of prunes and pearl barley and is a real winter warmer!

Regular readers will probably have formed the opinion that I am largely still a child and the smile that the name of this recipe causes to spread across my face will only underline that, cockaleekie soup is a gloriously old fashioned recipe and not just for its really rather wonderful name!

Tom Yum Soup

Landscape image of a Tom Yum Soup served in an Asian style soup bowl decorated with a blue flower in a dark setting

I love thai flavours, there is just something magical about the combinations of flavours that are pure magic, this Tom Yum Soup relies on all of the flavours you associate with that part of the world, lemongrass, kafir lime leaf, fish sauce and of course chili all feature in this soup.


If I want hearty tasty peasant food I rarely look further than Italy and this Ribollita is the most magical bean and tomato soup that makes great use of bread.

The Italians just seem to own frugal, hearty, magical peasant food and this Ribollita is just another example of that, whether it is risotto or pasta, great Italian food is often cheap as chips to make and packs such an incredible punch of flavour.

Tomato Consomme with Tortellini

This recipe will probably taste more of tomatoes than anything else you have ever eaten, the tomato consomme in this simple pasta dish is pure perfection!

Whether you call this tomato consomme, tomato broth, tomato brodo, tomato bouillon it is and will be the most intensely tomato flavoured stuff you have ever tried, obviously I skipped calling it tomato stock as it is not ‘cooked with tomato bones’ so it can’t be a stock