Seaweed stock gives this a real umami richness...


Seaweed Stock

5g toothed wrack

5g atlantic wakame

1 carrot chopped in half

1 onion halved

10 peppercorns

2 cloves garlic bashed

800ml water


15g butter

1 onion

1 garlic clove crushed

60g red /brown lentils washed

600ml seaweed stock

50g chickweed chopped (with a few leaves left whole to garnish)

10g Three cornered garlic chopped (reserve a little to garnish)

75ml Greek yoghurt

Salt and pepper


1. The night before make up your seaweed stock by placing all the ingredients into a pan and allowing to simmer gently for as long as you can (3-4 hours ideally) then strain (it should have reduced now to 600ml or thereabouts).

2. Melt the butter and cook the onion and garlic gently in a covered saucepan until soft but not coloured.

3. Add lentils and stir to coat well.

4. Then add the stock, cover, bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes until lentils are soft.

5. Add the main amounts of both chickweed and three cornered garlic and remove from the heat.

6. Puree the soup along with most of the yoghurt leaving a little for garnish at the end .