It's time to rug up for winter at Takeawei studios on the Surf Coast. We're paddling out to our favourite breaks to surf in our thickest wetsuits, all the while looking forward to warming up afterwards with a hearty bowl of soup at home in front of the fire.

Chela has made perfect soup sized bowls in her trademark pastel glazes to brighten up the grey days. Check out the new bowls here

We enjoyed a cosy shoot in the studio with the heater turned up listening to the winter rain fall onto the tin roof. After the shoot wrapped, we sat together to enjoy Chela's homemade soups - yum. 

Chela's favourite winter warmer:

Pumpkin and Sage Soup
1 large pumpkin (any type) diced into chunky pieces
2 tbsp whole sage leaves (small handful) 
1 whole bulb of garlic
1/2 onion diced
1 litre vege stock
2 tbsp olive oil 
salt and pepper to taste
Rub the garlic bulb with olive oil and roast in 210c oven for 20 minutes. Add the sage and cook for a further 10 minutes, or until sage is crisp. Set aside. 
In a large saucepan, brown the onions with the olive oil. Add the chunky diced pumpkin and vege stock, then cover and bring to simmer until pumpkin is cooked through.
Peel the roasted garlic cloves and add to soup with most of the sage leaves. Set aside some of the sage leaves for garnish. Simmer the soup for a further 30 minutes then blend to your desired consistency.
Serve into bowls and top with yoghurt and crispy sage leaves on top. 


Photos: Donna Nugent