Miso Noodle Soup with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

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A quick and easy lunch for one. Continuing my recent theme of trying new things, miso was next on the list (this post has been in draft so long that I’ve already published something else with miso; I think it’s safe to say I like miso!). In the same spirit I decided to combine things I had available and that I also wanted to eat (hence two kinds of noodle!) into a soup for lunch one day. I have to admit I’m not a big soup eater at all, certainly not for a main meal. But actually, this was really enjoyable and worked well for lunch.

Amounts are clearly to taste, and are more of a record for me of what I did than a suggestion to you as to how to make a definitive miso noodle soup. But if you want to follow them that’s ok too!

Miso Noodle Soup with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
1 sachet vegetarian miso noodle soup paste (what a cheat!!!) I used ‘Itsu’ – it was on offer in one of the big supermarkets a while back.
20g brown rice udon noodles, 10g buckwheat noodles
Few small florets broccoli, tbsp frozen peas (10g), small carrot, peeled and sliced finely on the diagonal, small amount of yellow pepper, finely sliced, very small amount of fresh chilli, finely sliced.
Good splash of soy sauce, squeeze of lemon juice and toasted pumpkin seeds (about 5g)

Bring water to the boil, add the noodles (follow packet instructions, mine said 5-6 minutes). Add veg (earlier for softer, later for more crunch). In the meantime, toast the pumpkin seeds and make up the miso sachet (I added 150ml water but might add a little less next time).

Drain noodles and veg, add to miso soup, add soy sauce, lemon juice and pumpkin seeds.

Enjoy the umami of the miso and the freshness of the vegetables with the slippery noodles and crunchy seeds. Delicious.

Miso Noodle Soup with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Courgette and mozzarella frittata

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Edwina Currie has a lot to answer for…. Despite knowing that eggs are healthy and packed full of nutrition I don’t eat them nearly as often as I might. But this frittata was delicious and reminded me that I enjoy eating eggs. And of course cheese makes everything better. Served with soda bread.

Soften a courgette chopped into chunky rounds slowly in some olive oil. Add beaten, seasoned eggs and cook until the base is set. Transfer the pan to below a preheated grill. When the top has set slightly add sliced mozzarella and grill until bubbling. The eggs were undoubtedly overcooked!

I’m also going to link this to Dom’s new Linky, Simply Eggcellent¬†what with eggs being the principle ingredient of this dish!

Courgette and mozzarella frittata