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Its been a horrid wet winters weekend here in New Zealand so a perfect chance to make a pot of delicious nutritious soup. I cannot say enough good things about Soup, so here are my top ten things I Love about SOUP !!!

  1. Soup gives us us a daily vegetable boost and gets us closer to our 5+ a day.

  2. Soup is filled with heaps of goodness and vitamins and minerals.

  3. Soup is cheap to make. 

  4. Make soup by using vegetables that are in season.

  5. A bowl of soup warms us up on a cold evening.

  6. Soup is really easy to make.

  7. Make soup and freeze for an easy go to supper.

  8. Soup is a brilliant way to get your children to eat vegetables.

  9. Soup can be served for lunch or supper.

  10. Soup bubbling on the stove fills your home with delicious aromas.



Working as a chef in early childhood education I am blessed to come across children who really touch my heart. Tyler Harvey was one of these children and he loved the orange soup I would make for lunch so to this day it has become Tyler's Orange soup.


You'll need

  • 1 leek chopped

  • 2 kumara (sweet potato) peeled and chopped

  • 3 large carrots peeled and chopped

  • 350g of pumpkin chopped

  • 1 lemon remove the rind with a potato peeler

  • 2 teaspoons of lemon pepper

  • 1 – 1 ½ litres of chicken or vegetable stock

Add a tablespoon of oil to a large pan. Fry the leek with the lemon zest until the leek is soft. Add the kumara, carrots, pumpkin and stock.Simmer for 30 minutes. Blend and check the seasoning and serve in large bowls.

*TIP - this soup freezes really well !



If you are after a tomato based soup look no further than this recipe!


You'll need

  • 1 brown onion, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon of oil

  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped

  • 3 x 400 g of chopped tomatoes

  • ¾ cup of split red lentils

  • 4 cups of chicken or vegetable stock

Heat the oil in a large pot. Cook the onion until it is soft. Add the garlic and cook for another 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes, stock and lentils. Simmer for 20 minutes. Blend and serve.


I love to serve soup with warm buns straight from the oven, but toast or fresh bread both work equally well. Have a wonderful week and happy soup making.


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