Wednesday, April 21

soup & sunshine & stuff

say it with me - yipee yahooo, we got sunshine today, and lots of it. i'm washing like crazy, airing out boxes and just about every bit &bob, getting the last of the musty-moldy smell out of everything.

i'm aiming for today to be the penultimate packing day, leaving the kitchen and we-need-this-to-the-very-last-minute stuff for Thursday or Friday morn.

clearing out the freezer is just one of those jobs we all do when moving isn't it? so i decided to make soup with the last of my homemade chicken stock*. the weather is still mild enough for soup. and i loooove soup.

roasted cauliflower soup

cauliflower - into florets
carrots - chunks
onions - halved
garlic - unpeeled
olive oil
3 parts chicken stock 1 part water

drizzle olive oil over the veg and roast at 180C for about 30-40mins, until lightly browned.
peel the garlic.
add veg to a pot of water. (i usually leave cauliflower for last 5 mins but doesn't matter)
simmer gently until veg are soft through (about 15 mins).
blend/puree well.
add flavourings.
add stock.
simmer for 5 mins.
adjust water/stock for desired consistency.

ground nutmeg
salt & black pepper
curry powder
ground thai spice mix
bay leaves
fresh thyme (anything but fresh herbs in quick-cooking soups is usually a big mistake)
dollop of thick cream or creme fraiche
roast potatoes for heartier soup

so easy and tasty.

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* turned out to be pork stock... labels friends, labels...... worked out nicely anyway.


  1. i've caught Eli's cold and my throat is so raw this morning - and here is soup - think i'll make me some yummy soup to sip throughout this slow and, hopefully, restful day :)

  2. Looks absolutely yummy, whatever stock you used lol. Soup would be good for moving day too since you can stic it in a flask.

    Speaking of soup- Aoife came back from nursery one day with a painting. The teacher had titled it "Mummy making soup (she does that a lot!)"!!!

  3. excellent, haven't had cauli soup before, I think I'll put it on the menu for this week.


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