Croutons and warm soup on the first day of Feb

The weather has been absolutely freezing these past few days and this draughty old cottage felt like an ice block today. With these temperatures the only thing that can defrost my frozen hands and feet is a wholesome bowl of homemade soup.

However this post is not about soup, but croutons. Garlic croutons to be precise. All it takes is a slice of bread, a clove of garlic, olive oil and 10 minutes to prepare and cook. The result is some rustic, freshly fried, perfectly golden, crispy croutons, infinitely more tasty than shop-bought croutons!

Croutons can be made from any savoury bread and can be flavoured with many different ingredients (I love parmesan croutons and herby croutons too). You can make a few portions of croutons and they will keep for a while in an airtight container. And don’t forget that croutons are great to add texture to soup in the winter, and are also a great accompaniment to salads in the summer.

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