lentil and chestnut souprating:
250g red lentils
225g cooked chestnuts or 240g tin of vacuum packed chestnuts
1.5 litres vegetable stock
I stick celery
I small onion
2 tablespoons olive oil/goose fat/butter
fresh parsley, chopped
150ml double cream
finely chop the onion, leek, carrot and celery. Heat the oil in a pan, add the chopped vegetables and let sweat and soften in the fat.
add the lentils and stir, then add the stock. Bring to the boil and simmer until lentils are very soft (about 30 minutes).
add the chestnuts and simmer for a further 20 minutes or so.
liquidise until smooth adding as much water as you need.
to serve it reheat, and sprinkle each full bowl of soup with parsley and lace with cream.