The three of us gathered in Jacquie's warm kitchen, bums against the Aga, Christmas tunes on the stereo, wine on ice… what better place to start than with a hearty soup.
Page 218… Ok, so we're not going to work through Plenty chronologically! Chickpea, tomato and bread soup, this is a little Italian number with a slightly Moroccan vibe with the chickpeas. We used stale ciabatta instead of sourdough and we veganised the pesto for Jo the Vegan, by substituting the Parmesan with yeast flakes and we challenge any cheese eater to tell the difference!
It was a lovely vibe, us all sitting around the table, chopping the vegetables, whizzing up pesto, toasting pine nuts, burning pine nuts, toasting more pine nuts, and drinking rather a lot of wine!!
And the resulting soupy stew was delicious, filling, wholesome and healthy - we also had Jo's spectacular hummus, bread crisps made with the ciabatta crusts, brushed with olive oil and toasted in the oven, rainbow carrot crudities and lots of olives - fabulous.
The next morning (we had a sleepover) some of us woke a little worse for wear… slowly rehydrated with water and copious cups of tea, we were ready for soupy stew round two. And it was YUM! Now that's what we call Hair of the Dog!!
Try out this soup yourself and let us know what you think :-)
Yotam Ottolenghi: Chickpea, Tomato & Bread Soup