Warming recipes for these cold nights

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As promised in my previous post (which was definitely too long ago!) here are some warming recipes to keep your belly warm on a winter’s night.

Recipe 1 – Broccoli Soup

I used the bbcgoodfood recipe for this one and it was really tasty. Adjusted the recipe slightly as I didn’t have any rapeseed oil so I used some vegetable oil instead and I swapped out the Stilton (not readily available in France) for some Bleu d’Auvergne instead. It looks very similar:

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The soup simmers away for a good 15 minutes once everything is in:

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And then when it’s all blitzed up it goes the most beautiful pea-green colour:

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Highly recommend this one for a creamy soup with a nice punchy flavour.

Recipe 2 – Chocolate cookies

Inspired by the recipe on Gimme Some Oven I made a batch of these chocolate chip cookies. Mine were rather chocolate “chunk” cookies as I just chopped up a big bar of dark chocolate. These were so gooey and delicious!

It doesn’t look like much before you ball them up but it’s so worth it!

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Because when they come out of the oven warm – you see this gloriousness 🙂

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And biting into them is like pillowy soft cookie filled with molten dark chocolate:

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These keep well in an airtight container if you don’t want to eat them immediately…

That is the sort of willpower I’m working towards! I had one of these while they were still warm and then another one for a quick breakfast the next day.

Normally, I eat some yoghurt or toast for breakfast so this was a real treat.

I was going to include a cauliflower soup recipe but it went a bit weird and doesn’t look appetising in the photos. I will have another go and upload if successful!

Just got to keep climbing even when things go pear-shaped 😉

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