1 lb potatoes
½ lb young nettles
2 oz butter
1½ pts chicken or vegetable stock
sea salt & black pepper
4 tablespoons sour cream

Lunch or tea.
Serves 4–6.


  • 500g courgettes
  • 3 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 medium leek, finely chopped
  • 75g parsnip, thinly sliced
  • 1 stalk lemon grass
  • 900ml light vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tbsps fresh basil leaves, roughly torn
  • 6 tbsps coconut cream

Simple and quick delicious lunch, supper or starter using Purple sprouting broccolli in season from February to around April/May time.

Chicken & Bamboo is a classic Vietnamese noodle soup traditionally enjoyed at breakfast. This recipe demonstrates making your own chicken stock from scratch which can be frozen and used at a later date. This delicious soup is also warming and wholesome for when you are feeling a little under the weather.

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour 10 minutes