We should have seen the last of the winter warmers, but it's so cold outside! This should help see off the chill...

Nigel Brown's mushroom soup



1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a medium pot until hot, then add the onions. Sauté the onions over medium heat until they begin to turn clear, then add the minced garlic, and continue to sauté until aromatic.

2. Add the mushrooms with the remaining oil to the pot and reduce temperature to low/medium. Toss the mushrooms briefly then put the lid on the pot and steam for 2 minutes.

3. Remove the lid and turn the heat back up to medium, and toss the mushrooms until they have softened, then add the parsley.

4. Stir through the parsley, salt and pepper, then add the chopped potatoes. Add the stock and turn the heat up to medium-high, bringing the soup to the boil.

5. Allow soup to simmer, stirring occasionally until the potatoes are soft. Remove from the heat and allow the soup to stand for 5 minutes.

6. Using a blender, blend the soup until it is smooth..

7. Once blended, return the soup to the hob over medium heat, stirring frequently, until heated through. Serve