Leek & Potato Soup

Another one of those one-pan, easy to make soups, that is both tasty and satisfying.


  • 1 large leek, sliced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp crushed garlic (3 cloves)
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 medium potatoes, diced
  • 2 cups of chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in large sauce pan over a med-high heat, add onion and sauté for 3-4 minutes, till translucent.
  2. Add garlic and cook through for a further 1 min.
  3. Add diced potatoes, leek, and heat through for about 1 min more stirring regularly.
  4. Add stock, bay leaves, and pepper.
  5. Bring to a boil, cover and then simmer on low for 35 minutes.
  6. Let stand for 5-6 minute, remove bay leaves, then blend smooth.
  7. For a richer, creamier taste, you can add creme fresh, cream, or ricotta cheese.

Serves: 2 – 3

Chicken Cacciatore

This is my adaptation of a fairly standard cacciatore recipe. And what makes it so easy is it’s a one pan meal that can be done on the stove top fairly simply.


  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 4-6oz sliced mushrooms
  • 80ml red wine
  • ½ cup orzo
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • tin chopped tomatoes or jar tomatoes and basil
  • 75ml chicken stock
  • fresh ground black pepper


  1. Heat oil in large frying pan that has a lid. Cook chicken for 4-5 minutes till browned. Set aside and keep warm.
  2. Add onions and garlic to the chicken juices and cook till translucent 1-2 minutes. Add mushrooms, and cook for a further 1 min.
  3. Pour in red wine and bring to a rapid boil, and reduce by ½.
  4. Add oregano and bay leaf then tomatoes, stir and mix thoroughly.
  5. Return chicken to pan, cover, and simmer for another 20 minutes.
  6. Lift lid and add orzo, cover and continue simmering for 7-8 minutes more or until orzo is cooked.
  7. Serve hot with bread.

Serves: 2