Winter is in full swing, your finger tips are half frozen and not even the dog wants to go outside. It’s a pretty miserable situation, one which you aren’t sure you’re going to get through. But never fear, for Mungo has your back with our all new Winter Survival Guide – a four part guide full of tips and tricks to make sure you don’t freeze over this Winter. Don’t leave the house without it! In fact, we recommend that you don’t leave the house at all.
Mungo’s Winter Survival Guide: Volume One
If there’s one thing you just have to get right this Winter it’s comfort food. Necessary to your survival, Winter comfort foods may include a range of things from big hearty stews to mouthwatering mugs of hot chocolate. And soup. Lots and lots of soup. And then, even more soup. Delicious and easy to make, you just can’t go wrong with soup. That’s why the first thing we decided to arm you with in our guide is a delicious beetroot soup recipe. Not only will this soup warm you up right down to your toes, but it looks rather fabulous too! (serves 6)
- 3-4 medium (apple-sized) beetroot (about 500-600g) grated coarsely, or chopped into small dice
- 500g ripe tomatoes, halved
- 1 clove garlic, chopped roughly
- 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 500ml good strong stock (beef is best, but chicken or vegetable will do)
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 125g feta cheese
- Place the tomato halves in an ovenproof dish, add the garlic and drizzle over half the olive oil.
- Roast for 25-30 minutes at 190C until soft and pulpy. Remove the pips and skins by rubbing through a sieve.
- Heat the remaining oil in a pan and sweat the onion for a few minutes until soft. Add both the beetroot and stock and bring to the boil, seasoning lightly with salt and pepper. Simmer gently for 7-10 minutes allowing the beetroot to become tender.
- Stir in the tomato purée. Place the soup into a blender and process until perfectly smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary
- Reheat the soup and divide between warm bowls. Crumble over a little feta into each bowl and serve with crusty bread.
Why not try throwing in a glug of vodka for the classic Borscht experience and a little extra warmth all over!
In order to ensure your survival don’t forget to visit Mungo’s blog next week for Volume Two of our Winter Survival Guide!