Two good soups today that you might find useful and tasty in these stressful times. The sweet potato soup is a tasty combination of flavours and one that children can easily help with. You could also use carrots, or butternut squash. Ginger adds a wonderful warm flavour to this soup. And, as I always say, when you buy ginger, peel it and wrap in clingfilm and freeze for future use. If you don’t have chilli you could use some chilli flakes. They are always handy to keep in the house. But be careful as they can be very hot.

I often make this hearty “winter” vegetable soup at home all year round. This is a good one for batch cooking as it will keep for four of five days. If I have some chicken left over I will shred it into it.