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  • Rob


One of the few good things about being on lockdown and working from home for the last 73 years is having access to my own kitchen each lunchtime. No longer am I forced to purchase soggy sandwiches from the butty van or get in the car and make a trip out for food, I can knock up my own delicious lunches.

A couple of years ago we bought a Soup Maker and I've never looked back. If you are unfamiliar with these devices they are like oversized kettles with a blade built into the lid. You roughly chop up ingredients, lash them in and set the machine to smooth or chunky. In 20 minutes or so you have delicious, piping hot soup - how easy is that? They are perfect for cold winter nights...or lockdown lunches.

I have a lot of recipes but one of the tastiest is Spanish Potato with Tortilla Strips. It includes tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and red onion along with paprika and, in my case, a ton of Tobasco sauce. 10 minutes of prep, 20 minutes of cooking and 5 minutes of heaven as I wolfed it down.

A brilliantly simple addition to this dish are the Tortilla Strips which are even easier to make. Shop bought wraps, bit of oil, some spices and 5 minutes in the oven and Robert is your father's brother. Below are the recipes for both dishes, if you haven't got a soup maker you could do this in a pan or in a slow cooker.

Soup Ingredients

  • 500 g Potatoes, diced

  • 1 Red onion, sliced

  • 4 Cloves garlic, crushed

  • 2 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1 Tbsp tomato puree

  • 1 tsp crushed red chillies

  • 1 Red pepper, chopped, seeds removed

  • 1 Green pepper, chopped, seeds removed

  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes

  • Tabasco sauce, splash

  • 500 ml of vegetable stock


  1. Add all the ingredients to the soup maker.

  2. Add the vegetable stock, taking care not to go over the MAX line.

  3. Mix the ingredients around thoroughly and place the lid on the soup maker. Select the 'chunky' setting.

Tortilla Ingredients

  • 2 xs plain tortilla wraps

  • tablespoon of olive oil

  • Jerk seasoning

  • Piri Piri salt


  1. Brush the wraps in oil

  2. Sprinkle them with the seasoning

  3. Using a pizza slicer, cut up a tortilla wrap into strips,

  4. Cook at 200C for 5 minutes.


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