Lovely Lettuce, Pea and Mint Summer Soup

(sounds weird, tastes gorgeous)

Serves 4-6

500g fresh or frozen small peas
1 head of any sort of green lettuce
25g butter
6 medium spring onions
1 large clove garlic
1 teaspoon of fresh chopped mint
1.2 litres (2 pints) vegetable stock
a little bit of freshly ground black pepper


1. - Place the stock into a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Stir in the coconut milk, chilli, garlic, galangal, lime leaves, lemon grass and peppercorns.

2. - Simmer for 5 minutes then add the aubergine and spring onions. Simmer for further 10 mins or until aubo is soft.

3. - Stir in the pak choi/spinach, carrot and sweetcorn, simmer for couple of mins.

4. - Add straw mushrooms, fish sauce, lime juice and simmer for 2 or 3 more mins.

5. - Add chopped coriander just before serving.

Can also add chopped tofu 5-10 mins before end of cooking .....tasty!