Soup days are here. I could almost do a post a day about soup. In the past it has been suggested that I open a soup-cafe...that serves nothing but soup--all day every day--only soup....okay, and maybe coffee...oh and chocolate. That would cover the three most important food groups, non?
It's the last day of Christmas vacation. Les enfants head
In the meantime, I am (as best I can on one foot--Christmas Eve injury---don't ask.) back in the kitchen with new inspiration--Winter comfort food--and the top of the list of never-fail best comfort food ever--is soup. I don't have one favorite kind--not even one category I lean towards--I love variety--vegetarian soups, creamy soups, meat soups, seafood soups, spicy, broths, chowders, bisques, gumbos.....
The 'soup de jour' is Curry Cauliflower--thanks to the mammoth size chou-fleur mon mari brought home from the market...which could have fed a family of ten, with leftover. So today the remainder became soup---with the stock I made from a chicken this past weekend. Note about broth/stock when in France--you have to make it. No Pacific-Brand, Swansons, or Imagine Brand boxed yummy broth--the choice here is little foil wrapped cubes or make it yourself.... so there. Which sometimes makes soup creating a tiny bit less spontaneous.
Oh, also in the picture is an attempt at a seedy, whole grain gluten-free bread--I am still working on it...will post recipe once it is perfected.
Here's the recipe for the soup:
1 large cauliflower (pre-steamed to be tender)
2 white potatoes (steamed and diced)
2 shallots diced
1 clove minced garlic
4 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
1/2 tbs. tumeric
2 tbs. sweet curry
1 tsp. hot curry (more or less to taste)
1 tsp. cumin
salt and pepper
1 cup full fat coconut milk
In a large pot in 2 tbs. olive oil, cook onions and garlic until soft--add spices and stir for one to two minutes. Add broth, then cauliflower and potato and cook until completely soft. Using a stick blender--puree until smooth. As a finally step add coconut milk and salt and pepper to taste. A big spoon of sour cream or creme-fraiche is lovely on the top if you can do dairy.
Lovely. Happy 2nd day of 2012. Bon Appetit!