From cheap cauliflower to great soup

Several years ago, I bought a cookbook called 365 Great Soups and Stews. It really is a great book — and a good read. My problem is I never seemed to have the ingredients on hand for the most intriguing soups (I just don’t buy artichokes and lima beans regularly). So this wonderful book hasn’t had a lot of use. Still, I love the idea that you can make a different soup every day. see also : How To Make Minestrone Soup

I appreciate the economy of soup. With just a few ingredients and a little time, you can turn turn out a delicious and filling dish at low cost. Particularly if you build your soup around the sales. Even better when you can pick up your veggies on the 50 per cent off shelf.

This week, I’m making cauliflower soup. The star of the show: the $2.00 head of cauliflower on sale at the Superstore last week.

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To the cauliflower, I added 2 onions, garlic, chicken stock, curry powder, pepper and a blob of yogurt. The whole thing couldn’t have cost much more than $3.00. This will keep me in lunches for a week. see also : How To Make Japanese Leek & Shiitake Mushroom Miso Soup

It’s hot. If you don’t like your nose to run when you eat soup, this one is not for you.

Here’s how:

  1. Chop 2 onions, 3 cloves of garlic, one head of cauliflower and throw them all into a pot.
  2. Cover with water.
  3. Add 2 tsp curry powder, salt, pepper and a bay leaf.
  4. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat and let it cook away for 25 minutes or until the veggies are tender.

Here’s where it gets really fun.

Santa brought me a Cuisinart  immersion hand blender for Christmas. Until that, I thought my life was complete. Turns out, the immersion hand blender changes everything.

Plunk it into the veggies, turn it on high, and in 45 seconds you have a soup that looks for all the world like a cream soup. Incredible.

The curry in this soup hits the back of your throat full-force. Add a couple of tablespoons of yogurt if you want to tame it down. Swirl it in just before serving.

Need visual cues?

1. Two onions + garlic. No sauteeing first.

 

2. Add the cauliflower, spices and water. Boil.

3. Blend.

 

4. Look how smooth!

 

5. Finished in 30 minutes.

Tags: #soup recipe #soup recipes

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