Spicy Squash Soup

There’s nothing more inviting than the smell of fresh homemade soup. This delicious treat is perfect for warming up on a chilly autumn evening. It’s also a great immune-booster for this time of year!

Ingredients:

1 large butternut squash

2 celery sticks

2 potatoes

3 shallots or 1 onion

2cm piece of ginger

1 clove garlic

1 tsp mixed spice powder

1/2 tsp of chilli powder

2 litres veg stock

2 Tbsp olive oil

Salt & pepper to season

Topping suggestions:

Crispy bacon

Pesto

Fried chorizo

Double cream

Method

Peel the butternut squash, potatoes, ginger & garlic clove. Chop the squash and potato in to small chunks. Finely dice the garlic & ginger.

Chop the leeks, celery & shallots in to small chunks.

Place all ingredients into a slow cooker or pan with the stock, spiced & olive oil.

Cook for 45 mins on the hob. If using the slow cooker – 4.5 hours high or 6 hours low.

Once done, use a hand blender to blend to a smooth consistency. Use the salt & pepper to season and stir through. Top with any of the suggested toppings. Pesto is my personal favourite!

Autumnal Chocolate Orange Muffins

Autumnal chocolate orange muffins

 

Ingredients

240g self-raising flour 

150g chocolate 

100g caster sugar 

2 eggs 

150ml natural yogurt 

100g unsalted butter or stork (if using butter, leave out to soften or it will be difficult to mix)

1 tsp mixed spice 

1 tsp cinnamon 

Orange zest of 1/2 orange 

Icing & decoration

1 chocolate bar (orange chocolate works well)

4 Tbsp cocoa powder

100g icing sugar 

Juice of 1/2 orange 

zest of 1/2 orange or 20ml orange juice (fresh orange works best)

Method:

  1. Heat the oven to 180C fan/gas 6 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with muffin cases. Sift the flour and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl. Place your chocolate on the chopping board and chop in to small chunks. Stir in the chocolate, spices, orange zest and the sugar. Gradually add the beaten eggs, yogurt and butter, and stir to combine. Don’t worry if the mixture looks lumpy, just try not to over-mix it or the muffins will turn out too doughy and tough. 

  2. Spoon the mixture in to the cases and smooth out the surface with the back of a spoon. Bake for 20-25 mins until risen and golden brown. Transfer to a rack to cool. Keep in an airtight container and consume within 3 days. 

  3. Whilst the muffins are cooling, sift the icing sugar and cocoa powder in to a large mixing bowl. Add the orange juice very gradually. Keep stirring and checking the consistency – you want the icing to be smooth, but not too runny or it won’t set on the cakes. You may not need all the juice or you may need more, just add until you reach the desired consistency. If it becomes too runny, just add some more icing sugar. 

  4. Now lay the bar of chocolate flat on a chopping board. Drag the edge of the knife along the back of the chocolate bar to produce curls of chocolate. Start from the top of the bar and drag the knife to the bottom. 

  5. Once the muffins are cool enough to ice, slice the tip of the muffin off to make it a slightly smoother surface. Now drizzle the chocolate over the top. Finish by sprinkling the chocolate curls and orange zest over the top.

 

We sell a great variety of chocolate bars in our shop – here are a few which would work perfectly in this recipe!

 

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Pork & Apple Sausage Tray Bake

Pork & Apple Sausage Tray Bake

 

pork and apple sausages

 

 

 

Now that we’ve said farewell to summer, we can welcome back the comfort food! Tray bakes are just perfect for this time of year, plus they require minimal washing up. That means more time for putting your feet up with a glass of vino – win, win! Sausages are always a great option for tray bakes, as they don’t require long in the oven and have bags of flavor. Here at Lobbs we sell a great range of sausages – all handmade in our butchery!

For this recipe, we’ve used our delicious Pork & Apple sausages. They marry perfectly with the rest of the flavours in the dish. It’s a very quick and easy recipe – ideal for when you get in from a busy day at work.

Serves 2 (3 if serving with potatoes).

Ingredients

5 – 6 Lobbs pork & apple sausages (5 if just serving for 2).

3/4 pack of puy lentils

1 large green pepper. sliced in to chunks

3 apples (or 4 small), sliced in to chunks

1/2 jar of apple sauce

4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

2 sprigs rosemary

2 sprigs thyme

Juice of 1/2 lemon

2 slices of lemon

2 garlic cloves (crushed)

1 onion, diced

3 tbsp olive oil or rapeseed oil

Method

Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees.

Put the onion, crushed garlic cloves, pepper & the apple in to a large baking tray.

Place the sprigs of herbs & sliced lemon on top.

Add a sprinkle of cracked black pepper.

Drizzle over 1 tbsp of the olive oil, Worcestershire sauce & lemon juice. Mix all of the ingredients together with a wooden spoon.

Now place the sausages on top (make sure they’re not covered by any of the veg/apple). Drizzle over another 2 tbsp of olive oil.

Dollop spoonfuls of the apple sauce in-between the sausages.

Cook in the oven for 45 mins. Keep turning the sausages every 10 – 15 mins. When there is 10 mins remaining, sprinkle over the puy lentils (try to avoid covering the sausages). Stir the lentils in with the veg.

If the sausages still appear undercooked at the end of the cooking time – finish for a few mins under the grill. Just be cautious of burning the apple.

Serve with gravy.

Delicious on it’s own, but great with roast potatoes or mash too!

 

Roasted Garlic Chicken with Blackberry Sauce

Roasted Garlic Chicken with Blackberry Sauce

If this blackberry season has left you with a glut of blackberries in your freezer, we have the perfect recipe for you! Of course, there’s nothing like homemade blackberry jam, but it’s nice to try something a little different too! Blackberries are such a versatile fruit and marry surprisingly well with savoury flavours.

This recipe is the perfect end-of-summer dish, making the most of lots of seasonal produce. Serve this recipe with a big sharing bowl of creamy mash! Don’t forget to make the most of our lovely fresh produce when buying ingredients. I had some old veg to use up and picked the blackberries myself, but most of the ingredients are from our shop.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

4 x Chicken Breast

1 Large Courgette or (2 small)

1/2 Lemon

1 Green Pepper

4 Large Carrots or 12 Mini Carrots

400g Blackberries

2 Tbsp Brown Sugar

1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

2 Tbsp Flour

300ml water

Cracked Black Pepper & Salt (to season)

4 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Butter

3 Cloves Garlic

Method:

Chop all of the veg into chunky pieces/slices. If you’re using small carrots then you can leave them whole. Place the veg on a baking tray and drizzle with 2 Tbsp of olive oil. Season with salt & pepper.

Make three or four slits across the chicken (don’t cut all the way through).

Crush the garlic clove and peel from shell.  Pop a clove in one of the slits on each of the chicken breasts. The remaining clove can be placed on a baking tray. Place the chicken on the tray too and drizzle with 2 Tbsp of olive oil or rapeseed oil.

Slice the lemon into thin slices. Place two slices on top of each of the chicken breasts.

Now place the trays in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees. Bake for 26 mins.

Meanwhile, melt 1 heaped Tbsp of butter in a saucepan over a medium heat, then add 2 Tbsp of brown sugar & 1 Tbsp of balsamic vinegar. Stir for 1 minute & then add the water & blackberries.

Mash the blackberries in the pan to release the flavour. Add a light sprinkle of cracked black pepper. Boil for 3 mins, stirring every now and then.

I like to blend the sauce to get a very smooth consistency, I think it’s more flavoursome this way. However, you could leave it if you don’t mind the bits, or you could sieve it.

Once blended, boil again for a further 5 mins to reduce the sauce.

Mix 2 Tbsp of plain flour with 6 Tbsp of water. Whisk with a fork or small whisk until the paste is smooth and without lumps.

Lower the heat and stir the flour paste through little by little with a whisk. Keep stirring and simmer for a further 2 mins. If you like a thicker sauce then make more flour paste and add until you reach your desired consistency. Alternatively, if the sauce is already thick enough feel free to miss the flour paste out and add more water.

When the veg & chicken are due to come out, check the chicken is cooked before serving. Cut into the thickest part of the breast – if the juices are clear and there’s no pink then you’re good to go!

Serve with a big bowl of creamy mashed potato.

Enjoy!

 

 

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