Sep 22, 2021 | The Home Menu

Welcome to my brand new all singing, all dining, events and celebration planning website.  The Home Menu has transformed from the delivery of delicious dinners to your doorstep, to what you see on these web pages now. 

I have always been a private chef, but with the lockdown and the sudden halt to the catering industry last March I had to re-invent my business to keep myself busy.  I was delighted that home-delivered dinners took off – and I began shipping meals all over the UK following a feature in an article all about Burns Suppers in The Scotsman.

However with the easing of restrictions and the world gradually reopening the demand for delivered dinners began to drop, while bookings for private dining, celebration events, weddings and shooting parties sky-rocketed!  I am now wonderfully busy and enjoying every minute, however, with the return to “normal life” brings back that oh too familiar feeling of juggling family, work and everything in-between. I know a lot of people have a similar feeling of there not being enough hours in the day now. 

Understandably, this can lead to eating less healthily, as convenience food becomes the easier option.  With the start of autumn, and the return of cooler and shorter days, it really is a good time to up the intake of healthy food.  One of my favourite ways to get a great boost of green vegetables is by making soup. 

The following Pea and Spinach soup takes just minutes to make and is delicious as is, or you can stir through some soft goats’ cheese or crème fraiche to give added creaminess.  How much you make depends on how many you are feeding, but this recipe is perfect for popping in the fridge and re-heating the following day.

Pea and Spinach Soup

Ingredients:– frozen peas, spinach, vegetable or chicken stock pot (I like the jelly ones), salt and pepper.

  • Put 500ml of water in a pan plus the stock pot and bring to the boil. 
  • Add 150g frozen peas and bring back to the boil. 
  • Add 150g spinach, push it down into the water using a wooden spoon, then remove from the heat. 
  • Season with salt and pepper then blitz with either a hand held blender or pour into a free-standing blender, until smooth. 
  • Pour into a bowl, add some soft goats’ cheese or creme fraiche if desired and enjoy!