Jun 052011

The Mediterranean tomato soup…
You will need:

1 kg ripe tomatoes
2 peppers, one green, one red
1 red onion
1 white onion
3 garlic cloves
a cup of basil leaves
2 sprigs of thyme
olive oil
salt and pepper
1 cup of veg stock/1 tin of chopped tomato

baking trays
soup pot
chefs knife
good size chopping board
AND here we go!

Turn your oven up to 180 celcius
Chop tomatoes into quarters, deseed your peppers.Roughly chop up the peppers, peel and chop the onions,Chop the garlic up and place all the ingredients on a baking tray/trays and drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with seasalt and black pepper. Add the basil leaves and thyme sprigs. Give it a little mix..
Roast in the oven for about 30 minutes or until the peppers and onions have softened. Meanwhile, heat your stock in a sauce pan, but do not boil.
Once your veggies are done, transfer to your soup pot and add your stock. Let this mix simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes. I find that adding sugar, about 1 tsp will cut the acid taste and bring out the tomato flavours more. Once simmered, transfer to a blender or use a hand blender. Blend until smooth….
TIP: instead of stock you may use 1 tin of chopped tomato….but in this case, do add the sugar. Always taste as you go to ensure that the seasoning is correct.
And Voila, a beautiful tomato soup.

I suggest serving with foccacia.

Do enjoy! And remember…cooking is a joy! not a task!

Much love, Wouter ;)



Copyright © 2011, Wouter de Lange and Adam Highway

Jan 292011

We first tried The Meadow Restaurant for a Sunday brunch almost two years ago, and it’s remained one of our favourites ever since.

Stylish, in terms of decor and of food, but never putting style over substance. The breakfast/brunch menu was originally quite small, but has subsequently expanded, without compromising any of the pluses which first excited us! My favourite – in any breakfast setting – is a modified Eggs Benedict; sometimes, the modification can lead to problems, whether with the serving staff taking it down correctly, or with the kitchen implementing it properly. At the Meadow, this has never been an issue. Not just that, but the meals have always been wonderfully flavourful, delicately balanced, tasty and – above all – enjoyable.

The ethos of the restaurant is one of local, seasonal food, but without the sanctimony often found accompanying such approaches. The ingredients are of a consistently high standard, the service impeccable, and the ambience relaxed and stylish.

Highly recommended!

Feb 042010

Oh dear, I’m so glad I got my latte BEFORE the ruckus kicked off between the love of my life and the ill-equipped barista at Brighton station …. I could see his point, I really and truly could, but he should simply have bowed his head and asked what, if anything, he could do to make things better. I felt sorry for him. But all I did was hide around the corner and sip at my coffee.

Wouter - Persona non grata

Soon to be seen around Brighton

Jan 032010

Just realised that I might be an alcoholic, the nice kind of drunk really…..limiting myself to weekend drinking only, I suppose that’s worse than drinking everyday, well, according to the DAILY MAIL!! SO, binge drinking is “EVIL”, drinking everyday is “WRONG” and I will  DIE if I do not eat my 5 a day! YIKES!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS WORLD!! ??

When did we give up control of our lives to the media, politicians and so-called health experts etc? Am I an average drinker? Healthy eater? Gym junkie? ordinary human being or am I in a tunnel of  MASS disorder and a frenzy of  hype….I DONT KNOW!! I suppose most of us adore the comfort of knowing that somewhere out there, another human being is in control, even when we hate this fact immensly!!

I, on the other hand, bloody hate giving up control over my thoughts and actions, and I want to know that what I do is purely my own choice and I will live with the consequences THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!
It’s like cleaning the house! DO NOT tell me to do it, I want to make that choice, when I want to, and the job will be done!!  ITS MY BLOODY LIFE!! Now, another glass of wine is in order and then a smoke and I might wash up in my box-kitchen….

 Posted by at 5:02 pm on 03/01/2010
Jan 022010

Oh dear this isn’t good, we’ve just woken up – stayed up rather too late, not intentionally, simply no sleepiness. When BBC Breakfast appears on the programme guide on the TV, however, you know it’s time to give it up and go to bed. Read for a little while longer though. We got through four bottles of wine, and a cocktail each, during the night, and managed still to be stone-cold sober come bedtime. Tired, but sober! Hence the late rising. Now struggling, bleary eyed, to down the first coffee of the day, then hopefully manage to get out of the house and to the shops before they close. What limited goals we do have!