08 April 2012

Spiced Potato & Red Lentil Soup


I have teamed up with a Scottish produce company and I am now a Scotty Brand Girl.

"Scotty Brand is a family-run Scottish company based in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire.

Founding the company in 1948, shipyard worker Albert Bartlett invested £30 in an old water boiler and a cast-iron bath, in order to set up a small beetroot-boiling operation, in Coatbridge, under the Scotty Brand name.

Ronnie Bartlett is Albert’s grandson and proudly heads up the company today. Working with a number of farmers across Scotland, Albert Bartlett then grades, washes and packs Scotty Brand potatoes. "

You can meet the farmers here. I love that the company call their farmers their family. You can even find out which farmer grew your potatoes from the pack.


I am starting off with some of their Kestral Potatoes, which are recognisable by their distinctive blue-purple eyes and cream-coloured skin. They are oval in shape and have a creamy texture. 


Cooper and I tried making raspberry Scottish macaroon bars, but the less said about them the better. The texture was just wrong, sticky, gloopy glue, instead of creamy fondant. I think if I attempt them again I will use a raspberry oil instead of fresh raspberries.


So on to my soup. Spiced Potato & Red Lentil Soup. We had this for lunch today and we all enjoyed it. Cooper had a little milk in his to make the flavour a little milder, although it isn't hot spicy, just flavourful.






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Spiced Potato and Red Lentil Soup
A warming bowl of soup. Fragrant spices, creamy lentils and lovely big chunks of potato makes this soup a real winner.
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cm piece ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • a good pinch of chilli powder
  • 4 medium potatoes, chopped into chunks (1 cm approx)
  • 1 cup (or poured up to the ½ pint mark in a measuring jug) red lentils
  • 4 cups/2 pints vegetable stock
  • a handful of fresh coriander, chopped
  • freshly ground salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
1. Saute the onion, garlic and fresh ginger until the onion is soft and translucent.2. Add the spices and mix well. Add a splosh of water to prevent the spiced onions from sticking to the pan. 3. Add the potatoes and lentils, then pour in the stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 25-30 minutes until the potatoes and lentils are tender.4. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then add the fresh coriander and serve.note: For a delicious dal, cook the soup for longer until really thick and serve with rice and naan bread or chapatis.
Details
Total time: Yield: Serves 4-6












I am entering my soup into this month's Simple and in Season hosted by Ren over at Fabulicious Food. The event is open for entries until the 30th April 2012. There is a wee linky at the end of the post, if you want to add your entries.


I am also sending it into Wellness Weekends hosted by Ricki over at Diet, Dessert & Dogs. Wellness Weekend is a weekly or should I say weekend event which features the best of Vegan recipes using whole foods and no refined flours or sugars.

And last but not least, I am sending it to Utterly Srummy who is hosting Frugal Food Fridays this month. Frugal Food Fridays was set up by Helen over at Fuss Free Flavours and champions being Frugal in the Kitchen. 



Disclosure Statement: I received potatoes from Scotty Brand to cook with. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

32 comments:

  1. Soup looks great, lovely and warming and very Scottish! So 'Scotty Girl' looking forward to seeing the outcomes of your new partnership!

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    1. Thanks Janice, I am looking forward to the partnership too :)

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  2. I love lentil soup but I've never had it with potato - definitely trying this next time! Pinning this :)

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    1. It just came to me. Total comfort in a bowl.

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  3. Looks really fantastic - I love the color that the turmeric brings out in the potatoes.

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    1. Hey Angela, you are so right, turmeric brings great colour to dishes and I don't think this would have looked quite so appealing without it :)

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  4. Great soup. looks so comforting

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  5. Congratulations on being a Scotty Brand Girl! This soup looks delicious and perfect for the cold spell we are having.

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    1. Thanks Ros and I know the weather is just mad, it cannot make up it's mind at all.

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  6. Yum! Gotta love a chunky soup made with all local ingredients. Well done.

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  7. oh yum - another candidate for my current savoury breakfast kick!

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    1. As much as I love this soup, I have to say I really wouldn't want it or breakfast Monica. You are not pregnant are you? Hehe :D

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  8. Sudden idea: this soup with SWEET potato. Major craving happening now...

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    1. Go make it!!!! But not for breakfast :)

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  9. What a fantastic soup, all my favourite flavours there. I will look out for the potatoes.

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  10. What a warming and delicious looking soup!

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  11. This looks like a fantastic soup - I have a sniffle at the moment - I could do with a huge pot of this!!
    mary x

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  13. Chunks of potato really make this soup look good.

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    1. I think they make it actually. It wouldn't be half as good if it was smooth.

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  14. Jacqueline, this soup looks FANTASTIC! Thanks so much for linking up to Wellness Weekend this week. And congrats on the new partnership with Scotty Brand--very cool! :D

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    1. Thanks Ricki, it was nice to be able to take part this week. It isn't very often that I manage :)

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  15. Oh this has made me so hungry - love lentils and your soup looks delicious. One of my main go too meals is lentils with potatoes, but haven't tried it as a soup.

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    1. They are both tops in comfort food terms, I agree with you.

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  16. Yummy! This is really my kind of soup! Looks delicious with warm colors! Love the spices you've added in it that makes it such a comforting meal! :)

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    1. The spices make all the difference Kit :)

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  17. Oooh Jac this is lovely and definitely one for my new slow cooker. I love the spices. A nice partnership too, with the farmers. Thanks for linking this up to Simple and in Season x

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I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x

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