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Celebrity chef continues support

By: CFA News

Category: Community Safety

  1.39 PM 15 July, 2013

Location: General

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Fire safety in the kitchen has been a focus of this year’s home fire safety campaign. Celebrity chef Tobie Puttock showed his support for the campaign in May leading a cooking demonstration for firefighters. Today he has shared one his favourite winter warmers with us. 

Tobie Puttock’s Lentil soup


½ cup red lentils

½ cup black lentils

20ml white vinegar

50ml olive oil

2 onions, diced

2 carrots, diced

3 sticks celery, diced

4 cloves garlic, sliced

200g thinly sliced pancetta

2 Tbs chopped sage

1 Tbs copped thyme

1 bay leaf

100ml white wine

1.5L chicken stock

good flaky salt and freshly cracked black pepper

20ml white balsamic

4 Tbs Crème fraiche

4 Tbs chopped Italian parsley          


  1. Soak the lentils in 2 litres fresh water mixed with the vinegar for at least 12 hours.
  2. Heat the oil in a heavy based pot over a medium heat. Lightly fry the onion, carrot, celery and garlic for 5-8 minutes till just starting to brown.
  3. Roughly chop all but 8 slices of the pancetta and add to the pot along with the sage, thyme and bay leaf and turn the heat down to a medium low.
  4. Sauté for a further 10 min or until the pancetta has released some of its oil and the vegetables are really nice and golden brown.
  5. Drain the lentils and add to the pot. Add the wine and turn the heat up to medium high. Reduce the wine until there is nothing left, about 10-15 minutes. Add the chicken stock and bring to the boil.
  6. Once the stock has boiled, skim any foamy stuff off the top and turn the heat to a medium. Simmer for half an hour and season with the salt, pepper and white balsamic.
  7. Place the reserved pancetta slices in a cold pan over high heat and bring to a sizzle (3-5 min). Turn the pancetta slices over and take off the heat.
  8. Leave the pancetta in the pan to crisp.
  9. Dish the soup into 4 bowls and top with the crème fraiche, parsley and crisp pancetta.    

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Last Updated: 15 July 2013