Monster Soup

This week’s Meat Free Monday has been inspired by monsters.

We were sent this box of fruit and veg by the good folk at innocent.

Bonus Boy and my Darling Girl created Lurfeshnag. They worry me slightly; there was a hint of Frankenstein about their glee as he was constructed.

More worrying was their delight as he was beheaded, skinned and then torn limb from limb

before being boiled alive and then pureed to make this delicious offering for All Hallows Eve.

Ingredients (serves 4)

 1 onion, skinned and chopped

1 butternut squash, skinned, disembowelled (deseeded) and roughly chopped

3 carrots, sliced

2 tbsps red lentils

1 tsp garam masala (or your favourite spice blend)

1 clove of garlic, crushed

1½- 2 pints of boiling water

1 tsp Marigold Bouillon

Soured cream to serve



  • Gently fry the onion in a little olive oil until translucent but not browned.
  • Add the squash and carrots and fry for one minute.
  • Add the lentils, spice and garlic and fry for a further minute.
  • Add the bouillon to 1½ pints of boiling water, stir and pour over the vegetables.
  • Bring to the boil and simmer for ten minutes or until the vegetables are soft.
  • Blend with a hand blender until smooth. Add a little more water if necessary to achieve a nice soupy consistency.
  • Decorate with a swirled spiral of soured cream then, using a cocktail stick, draw the cream outwards from the middle to the edge to create a spider web effect.
  • Serve hot with crusty bread rolls.


Why not have a go at creating your own vegetable monster of fruity freak? You could be in with a chance of winning an exclusive set of innocent Halloween 0-9 number magnets which all glow in the dark!

Here are the instructions for the competition:

1) Make your fruity freak or vegetable monster from the spookiest looking fruit or veg you can find

2) Give it a name and use your innocent magnets to spell it out (how about ‘Terry Able’ or ‘Aaaaaaaaaalan’)

3) Take a picture of your spooky creation and post it in innocent’s scary Halloween gallery and email with your flickr name and a postal address.

4) The first 1,000 entries win a set of limited edition glow-in-the-dark Halloween 0-9 number magnets

5) When you’re done with your monster why not use any leftover veg to make my spider soup or whizz any fruit up into a smoothie?

Good luck!

Disclosure: We were sent a box of veg to construct our monster and a set of alphabet magnets to use to write his name.



Filed under Chris Cooks, Cooking With Kids, Family Fun, Meat Free Monday

5 responses to “Monster Soup

  1. What a laugh – and a great activity for kids. Love the boiling it alive!

  2. oooh how fantastic! If I get the same in my box, I will be making your soup! xx

  3. Ali

    Mmmm this looks really yummy, and I love the Squash monster, though I thought it look quite sweet🙂

  4. You are amazing!

    We’re having a go at our monster this afternoon.

    Your soup looks delicious and so spooky.

  5. becky

    Your soup does look very cool and mr potatoe head has nothing on that monster!

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