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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Join me for Celery Soup and a Spring Four Course Dinner

I've been shopping at Aldi again, picking up some great deals on spring produce and making them into an amazing four course dinner for you.

The Soup Course
Let's start with some delicious Celery Soup, I found this lovely recipe for dairy-free Cream of Celery Soup on Pinterest, it comes from the very talented Erren's Kitchen and uses potato as a thickener.

The Fish Course
A very simple four ingredient Smoked Mackerel Pate  is whizzed up quickly in the food processor and is very moreish.  I've served it with large slices of toast but it would be ideal on cocktail oatcakes or thin slices of french bread at a more refined dinner party.

The Main Course (Entree)
Pot Roasted Scotch Beef with Roast Potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and Spring Greens. The beef was cooked in the Slow Cooker doused with a bottle of dark beer and enough stock to cover three-quarters of the meat, then cooked on low for 8-10 hours.  Once cooked, I reduced the cooking liquor by half , by boiling it on the stove to make an intense and delicious gravy.

Okay, so pears are hardly 'spring' produce but I couldn't resist these pears, they looked so good and when I peeled and quartered them to make the Pear Upside Down Cake, they were indeed perfect and perfectly ripe. I'll be posting the recipe for the cake very soon, it comes from the latest book Hummingbird Bakery - Life is Sweet which I'll also be reviewing.

Aldi Shopping List
Celery - 65p
Maris Piper Potatoes - 2.5kg  - £1.89
Smoked Mackerel Fillets - £1.59
Silverside Scotch Beef Joint - £8.10
Spring Greens - 59p
'Specially Selected' Yorkshire Puddings - 99p
'Best in Season' Pears - £1.29

Many thanks to Aldi for providing me with vouchers to purchase the ingredients for these recipes. I was not paid and all opinions are my own.

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At 26 February 2015 at 18:44 , Blogger Hello said...

Oh my, the pear upside down cake sounds divine x

At 26 February 2015 at 20:06 , Blogger Choclette said...

I haven't had celery soup in years and now I'm really keen to have a bowlful again - I remember liking it, but I'd just forgotten about it. And the pear upside down cake looks fab.

At 26 February 2015 at 22:15 , Blogger Heidi Roberts said...

Whenever I get a chance to stock up on celery I love to make celery soup!

At 27 February 2015 at 11:50 , Blogger Unknown said...

I am alone in my love of cooked celery here in this house. I cannot even get away with disguising celery soup with stilton and white port.... Now I want some celery soup. This looks absolutely delicious.

At 27 February 2015 at 11:52 , Blogger Unknown said...

Sounds like a great four course meal, especially that pear cake.

At 27 February 2015 at 11:53 , Blogger Unknown said...

The pear upside down cake looks amazing! x

At 27 February 2015 at 15:26 , Blogger Jacqueline Meldrum said...

That pear cake looks wonderful Janice! I don't use Aldi very often, purely because Lidl is closer and pretty good too.

At 27 February 2015 at 16:59 , Blogger Unknown said...

what a great meal. I love the cake - so pretty! although am definitely inspired by the soup - healthy as well as delicious

At 27 February 2015 at 18:31 , Blogger Janice said...

Hee hee, look out for it on the blog soon Charlene.

At 27 February 2015 at 18:32 , Blogger Janice said...

I'd forgotten about it too Choclette. It was really good.

At 27 February 2015 at 18:32 , Blogger Janice said...

I love celery, have you every grown it Heidi? I did once a long time ago, it wasn't to difficult to grow.

At 27 February 2015 at 18:33 , Blogger Janice said...

oh shame Anita-Clare, I'm lucky that we all like celery.

At 27 February 2015 at 18:34 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Caroline, more on the pear cake coming soon.

At 27 February 2015 at 18:34 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Sisley.

At 27 February 2015 at 21:10 , Blogger Helen - family-friends-food said...

That cake looks delicious! There's an Aldi opposite my daughter's dance class, so I often nip in for some fruit & veg while she's dancing - they have a fabulous selection.

At 2 March 2015 at 12:19 , Anonymous Alison said...

Oh yum, the cake looks fabulous as does the soup. Going to have to try both of those


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