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Evening Standard Column: Lentil Soup with Harissa Croutons

I love proper bread, bread that has been allowed to develop properly and not been rushed through a commercial process. I think sourdough is my favourite.

How I really love bread is not in a slice or in a sandwich. I love it as an ingredient with other things, to thicken soups, in Italian panzanella or pappa al pomodoro, and especially as a crouton or fried. I really love bread fried in pork fat. Big slices, little chunks. I’ve burned my tongue on them far too many times. (I will never ever learn). Naughty I know, but really delicious.

Croutons are incredibly versatile, they are just the perfect vehicle for many things. Whatever you want really! So, in this weeks Evening Standard recipe, I have pimped my croutons with some delicious homemade spicy harissa. I love serving this with a red lentil soup. The simplicity and rustic nature of the soup is a great counter to the spicy, crisp harissa croutons.

The recipe for the soup & croutons is on the Evening Standard.  I have included the harissa recipe (from Comfort & Spice) here.


Evening Standard Column: Lentil Soup with Harissa Croutons

My Harissa Recipe

To make homemade harissa, roast a red pepper over a gas flame until black all over. Place in a plastic bag and allow to cool. Peel and blitz with 4 red chillies, deseeded, 1 tbsp toasted and ground cumin seeds, 2 garlic cloves chopped, 1 tbsp red wine vinegar and 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil. Season with sea salt.



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  1. I love Harissa. So harissa croutons would be particularly delicious. Like you I find it difficult to get excited about good old sliced bread, home made or an artisan loaf is delicious. GG

  2. These look amazing – can’t wait to try them. Looking forward to seeing more twists on traditional food

  3. Restless Native says

    Harrisa Croutons, this is why we love ELAG.
    P.S. Someone has put your book in our Library, I borrowed it today. Lots of Joy as I am to skint to buy it. Mark Hix is in there too. Double Joy. Spike Milligan , dare I say Triple Joy!

  4. Rants and Plants says

    I love your harissa recipe. It really reminds me of harissa I have eaten in North Africa.

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