Friday, 10 June 2016


“Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.” - Ludwig van Beethoven

I love Winter. It’s not only the cold weather, the rain and the freshness in the air, but it’s also the warm cheerful house and the smell of delicious cold season dishes cooking in the kitchen. Not the least of course, is soup! I love a good soup and when coupled with some warm toast or freshly baked scones it is a complete and nourishing meal. Here’s the recipe for one, which even though we don’t make often, is quite delicious.

Cream of Cauliflower soup
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 white onion, finely chopped
600g cauliflower, cut into florets
300g potatoes, peeled, coarsely chopped
600ml vegetable stock
350ml water
100ml extra light thickened cream
Ground white pepper and salt to taste

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 5-6 minutes or until soft – do not brown it.
Add the cauliflower, potato and stir for a few minutes until coated with oil. Add the stock and water. Cover and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, for 15 minutes or until the cauliflower and potato are tender.
Set aside for a few minutes to cool slightly. Place half the cauliflower mixture in the jug of a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a clean saucepan. Repeat with remaining mixture.
When ready to serve, add the cream and place over low heat and cook for 1-2 minutes or until heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle soup in the serving bowls and drizzle with extra cream if desired, adding some fresh, finely chopped parsley for a garnish.

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  1. Is Food Friday a meme or your theme? This soup is photographed to great advantage and looks like it might be super easy to make. Since I am the soup queen (during the winter) in our family, I must be very pure of heart, according to your quote.

    1. Hello Kate of the Pure Heart! Good to hear you are the Winter Soup Queen, please feel free to join in the Food Friday meme. I started this several years ago and lots more people joined in, but now I am afraid it is turning more into a personal theme rather than a meme. I think many bloggers have left blogland and are now in Facebook (I am not a FB user) or in Google+.

  2. Perfect timing! This weekend is Shavuot/Festival of Weeks for Jewish communities all over the world. Because it has always been an agricultural festival in Israel, people tend to eat milk products, eggs, fish, fruit and vegetables, instead of meat. Even if they are in mid-winter in the Southern Hemisphere.

    So a hot cauliflower and potato soup, with plenty of sour cream, is perfect. I make thick vegetable soups often in winter!