Wooohooo we are crawling towards the final line, Christmas is almost here. That time of year where we get to enjoy wall-to-wall family time and long winters walks, mulled wine and copious amounts of food.
Our menus are planned, the food is ordered, crackers are made and presents wrapped. All we have to do now is chill out and make festive memories. Of course a large part of Christmas is cooking, but we need chill days too. Days where no one is slaving over the oven and we can prepare something quick.
But also something light, you get to the stage where you crave lighter meals in favour of big heavy 3 course dinners. And today I want to share a simple but delicious lunch idea. We are huge fans of mezze lunches in the Christie household. There is something so sociable about tearing off huge chunks of bread and dipping it in it a steaming hot bowl of soup and oil with balsamic vinegar.
So when Cully and Sully asked my how I made my soup special, there was only one option. A long lazy tear and share mezze over a bowl of delicious creamy pea and mint soup, which has to be my favourite soup EVER! Followed closely by the old faithful creamy tomato and basil.
Eating should be a social affair
I have talked before how meal times are an event in the Christie household; we always sit at the table or breakfast bar to eat. We do not have a TV in the kitchen why-ever would you? Social media is banned and we talk, share stories of our day, laugh and on the odd rare day we sulk at each other. But we are a normal family, life here is chaotic and normal.
If you do not find time to eat together life passes you by, chat and laughter becomes less of an event. And I am hanging on to this for dear life.
So today I want to share a recipe for tiger bread and baked Camembert with rosemary and garlic oil. I first had this at the lovely Donna’s house and omg you need to try it. The perfect accompaniment to a steaming bowl of soup, for sharing with family and friends and making a bowl of hot soup extra special.
Coupled with Cully and Sully soup made with good quality ingredients. The team behind Cully and Sully grew up around Ballymaloe and Midleton in Cork – Ireland’s foody capital, and are passionate about creating tasty, velvety soups. They’re available in Tesco and are ideal for those who don’t have much time to cook but still want a comforting, homely meal. Which makes them perfect for such lunches, giving that home-made feel yet saving time.
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