WINTER WARMERS: HEARTY SOUPS TO WARM YOUR INSIDES

With winter upon us, here are Captain Frank’s favourite winter warming recipes – hearty soups that are simple to make and will leave you wanting more.

 

PUMPKIN AND CHORIZO SOUP

“You just can’t have pumpkin soup without the addition of chorizo!! And lots of it!!” – Captain Frank

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Individual soup servings. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

Serves: 4         Prep: 20 mins          Cooking Time: 40 mins 

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 chorizos, finely diced
  • 2 small brown onions, coarsely diced
  • 900g Kent pumpkin, skin removed, seeded, cut into 2.5cm chunks
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled, coarsely diced
  • 3 gloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • ¾ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¾ tsp ground cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 6 cups water
  • ¼ cup thickened cream
  • 2 tbsp pepitas (pumpkin seeds), toasted
  1. Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and chorizo and cook, stirring for 2-3 minutes or until crisp on the outside. Transfer the chorizo on a plate and set aside.
  2. Add the onions then pumpkin and carrot to the same pan and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until the onions and pumpkin begin to soften. Add the garlic, bay leaf, smoked paprika and cumin and cook, stirring for 5 minutes, or until the pumpkin begins to caramelise.
  3. Add the vinegar and cover with the water. Bring to boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer uncovered for 20-25 minutes, or until the pumpkin is tender. Add the cream and bring back to a simmer. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Discard the bay leaf.
  4. Working in batches, blend the soup in a blender until smooth. Pour batches back into the saucepan to reheat. Season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
  5. Ladle into four bowls. Top with cooked chorizo and pepitas.
  6. Optional: Drizzle with extra virgin oil and serve with bread.

Alteration on recipe by Curtis Stone

 

PEA AND BROCCOLI SOUP WITH CHEESY CROUTONS

“This is a great vegetarian option and the cheesy croutons are the perfect addition to the dish.” – Captain Frank

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Tasty and colourful. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

Serves: 4         Prep: 15 mins           Cooking Time: 20 mins

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 1 leek, coarsely chopped
  • 1 potato, peeled, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 cups (1L) chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 small head broccoli, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups (240g) frozen peas
  • 20g butter
  • 4 thick slices bread
  • 2 slices tasty cheddar
  • Coarsely chopped chives
  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, leek, potato and garlic. Cook, stirring for 5 minutes or until the onion softens. Add the stock and bring to boil. Add the broccoli and peas. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes or until broccoli is very tender.
  2. Transfer the broccoli mixture to the jug of a blender and blend until smooth. Return to the saucepan over low heat and heat through.
  3. Preheat a sandwich press or large frying pan over high heat. Spread the butter evenly over 1 side of each bread slice. Sandwich the cheddar, butter side out, between bread slices. Cook in sandwich press for 2 minutes or in frying pan for 2 minutes each side, or until cheddar melts and the bread is golden brown. Cut into 2cm wide croutons.
  4. Divide the soup among serving bowls. Top with the croutons and sprinkle with chives to serve.

Recipe by Curtis Stone

 

SHARE A MEAL

While sharing these tasty soups with friends and family over a chattering dinner, why not start planning your next celebration and consider an exclusive cruise on Sydney Harbour aboard a beautiful spacious catamaran.

Visit http://www.seasydneyharbour.com.au/private-charters.html for further information or contact us directly to make an enquiry or book your private charter! Ideal for birthdays, hen’s parties, buck’s parties and corporate events, experience the harbour with those same guests that you share your loving meals with.

Do you have a tasty winter warmer recipe that you would love to share? Share your winter recipe creations on Instagram – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #winter #winterwarmers #yesimadeit

LOTS OF LIGHT AND LOVE FOR VIVID SYDNEY

Vivid Sydney is a spectacular array of light, music and ideas. The festival is an annual event, which is now in its seventh year and there is always something new and fun to explore. If you’re a lover of art, music, live performances or just a fan of Sydney in general, you will love the Vivid Sydney festival!

Falling in love with Vivid Sydney is not a hard thing to do. Here are my top reasons why the Vivid Sydney Festival is so loved.

  • You could go every year and still be amazed at the spectacular display. It is always different.
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Circular Quay on show during the Sydney Vivid Festival. Image – www.paxtyvisuals.com

 

  • The festival makes Sydney feel alive and fun, and despite the pre-winter evening chill thousands of people flock to the big city.
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Sydney Opera House. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

  • The atmosphere across the city is absolutely amazing.
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Dance all night during the Sydney Vivid Festival. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

  • At no other time of the year does Sydney look so beautiful!
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Birdseye view of Sydney Harbour. Image – www.dedeceblog.com

 

  • The city comes together inspired by creativity, ideas, lights and fun.
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Vivid Festival crowds near Sydney Opera House. Image – www.theguardian.com

 

This year take up a prime location and see Vivid Sydney from aboard a cruise on Sydney Harbour. Considering the popularity and love of the festival, there is no doubt that the crowds on land will be large with festival crowds expected to grow. What better position to view the city light display then aboard a cruise on Sydney Harbour!

Tickets are on sale now with pricing starting from $29. Sea Sydney Harbour will be running harbour cruises on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings of the event. Cruises depart at 5:45pm and 8:00pm and run for 1.5 hours.

Vivid Sydney is running from the 22nd May 2015 until 8th June 2015. Planning to attend the festival this year? Share your pictures capturing the beautiful art and lights across Sydney on Instagram – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #thekirralee #vividsydney