Monday, 7 January 2013
For this recipe you will need.
1 small head of cauliflower
2 small potatoes (roughly 150g in total)
1 medium sized onion
1 small leek
3 or 4 sticks of celery
3 cloves of garlic
3 bay leaves
1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg
30g of unsalted butter
1 tablespoon of olive oil.
2 litres of vegetable stock
Salt and White Pepper
Meanwhile cut the cauliflower up into small florets, this allows them to cook quickly. Bring the temperature up to high and add the cauliflower to the cooked vegetables. Cook until the cauliflower is just tender, no more than 4 minutes. Allow the soup to cool for 15 minutes before removing the bay leaves and transferring the soup to a blender. Blend in small batches until smooth. Add the butter to the blended soup in the last few moments of blending. Blending any hot liquid can be hazardous, the liquid expands dramatically and can blow off the lid and spray hot liquid everywhere; blending in small batches and not filling the blender more than half full will help avoid this.
Reheat the soup briefly and adjust the seasoning with any salt required and some freshly ground white pepper.
For me there is a particular flavour from my youth which I only rediscovered after the tyranny of using only black pepper began to fade away in the 90s, and that is white pepper!
It's customary to enrich a soup by adding cream, I find with this soup as with many others, blending some butter into the soup at the end, produces a silkier finish without adding any more fat than if you used cream.
This soup lends itself to being served garnished with parmesan crouton, simply cut up some decent bread into small dice, and fry gently in a little olive oil until golden. Add a tablespoon of finely grated parmesan while still in the pan, continue to cook for a further minute so that the molten cheese cooks onto each crouton. These crouton are seriously delicious, far too easy to make and a very good addition to some crisp lettuce in a salad.
Posted by Tôbi at 13:48