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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.

Enjoy!

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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8 Comments

  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

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

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  3. 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!

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