Posts tagged ‘Raymond’

April 21, 2011

Last Night’s Dinner: Soupe au Pistou

Wednesday 20 April

There are a million different recipes for pisto soup. Every home should have one. Essentially it’s a vegetable broth flavoured with pistou – a sauce made by blending basil, garlic and olive oil. The recipe we used was one from Raymond Blanc’s recent TV show – you can see it here.

We didn’t add the croutons (which actually would have been a nice touch and a bit more authentic, but we were all out of bread). Personally I’d add more parmesan than I did last night and maybe use some canned beans as part of the veg – borlotti, perhaps. Erring towards the Italian, I think a small handful of black olives would also work.

The soup is hugely vegetal – proper peasant stuff this, and a great way of using up bits of old veg.

April 20, 2011

Recipe: Raymond Blanc’s green papaya and pomegranate salad

This surprisingly summery weather can completely change the kinds of meals you want to eat. All of a sudden I’ve the urge for summery salads and light plates of zingy, tantalising flavour. I like this green papaya and pomegranate salad with a chilli lime dressing from Raymond Blanc. Of course, we’d leave the fish sauce out and use a mix of Chinese rice wine vinegar and a splash of light soy sauce instead – it’ll be just fine. The recipe is on the BBC website here.