Tuscan White Bean Soup — Recipe from Three Gold Coins

This is one of my favourite recipes that I developed while researching and writing Three Gold Coins. Perfect for these cooling nights!

Tuscan White Bean Soup

Ingredients

1 large leek (or 2 small ones)

2 garlic cloves

1 potato (I use Dutch Cream potatoes all the time, just because I love them the best)

1 parsnip

Half a head of cauliflower

1 carrot (optional… it will change the colour of your soup, but it’s a good way to use up vegetables in your crisper!)

2 cans of cannellini beans

4 cups stock (I use lamb bone broth)

Salt and pepper to taste

The leaves of a few sprigs of fresh thyme (just pick them, wash them and use your fingers to strip the sprigs)

2 Tbs lemon juice

Method

Chop all your vegetables.

  1. Fry your leek and garlic in olive oil under fragrant.
  2. Add the rest of the your chopped vegetables and mix thoroughly, allowing to cook for a few minutes.
  3. Add water just to the top of the vegetables and simmer for ten minutes.
  4. Add your stock and cook for ??
  5. Allow liquid to reduce a little if it seems to watery, otherwise proceed to blending.
  6. Blend half your soup until creamy then return to the pot. (Or blend three quarters, or even the whole lot. It depends how you like your soup.)
  7. Add your salt, pepper, thyme and lemon juice and heat through.
  8. Serve with sprigs of thyme for garnish and a side of crusty bread

Win a Snag Bag for Three Gold Coins!

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To celebrate the coming of age for this book baby, I’ve put together a snag bag for selfies, “shelfies”, and/or bookstagrams.

TO ENTER

  • Take a photo of yourself reading Three Gold Coins (a ‘selfie’) or a photo of the book out and about in the world on the shelves (“shelfies”), or in an artfully placed arrangement (bookstagram).
  • Post it to social media with the hashtag #threegoldcoins and TAG ME (so I know where to find you).

WINNERS

One winner will get a snag bag in the mail! Includes a limited edition spiral-bound Three Gold Coins notebook, a signed poster of The Beekeeper’s Secret, a signed poster of Three Gold Coins, a clutch purse and matching paper fan, and signed book plates for your other copies of my books.
Two runners up will get a limited edition spiral-bound Three Gold Coins notebook.

OR
If social media isn’t your thing, just do the same as above but simply EMAIL me your photo (with permission for me to post it for you) and I’ll include you in the running.

WINNER CHOSEN
Friday 20th April

Good luck! I can’t wait to see your pictures from ‘out in the wild’!

 

Win copies of The Chocolate Promise

Dear readers,

WIN! 10 copies to give away.

WIN! 10 copies to give away.

I have 10 finished copies of my new foodie fiction novel, The Chocolate Promise, to give away.

Christmas Livingstone has ten rules for happiness, the most important of which is ‘absolutely no romantic relationships’.

In The Chocolate Apothecary, her enchanting artisan store in Tasmania, she tempers chocolate and creates handmade delicacies. Surrounded by gifts for the senses, in this shop chocolate isn’t just good for you, it’s medicine.

And then one day a stranger arrives at her front door – a dishevelled botanist seeking her help. She really doesn’t need Lincoln van Luc to walk into her life, even if he does have the nicest blue eyes, the loveliest meddling grandmother and a gorgeous newly rescued dog. She really doesn’t need any of it. Or does she?

Set across Tasmania, Paris and Provence, this is a glorious novel of a creative woman about to find out how far in life a list of rules will take her, with an enticing tangle of freshly picked herbs, pots of flowers and lashings of chocolate scenting the air.

How to Enter: 

To win, all you need to do is join me in the VIP lounge by 20th March by subscribing to my quarterly newsletter. Ten winners will be chosen at random and notified by email. Good luck!!