We are finally getting a few coolish days here and there. That means Soup's On! This is a recipe a friend of mine posted on FaceBook. She posted it several different times and each time said she loved it. Mouth-watering good and habit forming! Not to mention easy. Sounded perfect to me. Nice and light before the heavy eating on Thanksgiving day!
I finished a bowl full before I knew what hit me! I think the coconut milk gives it a rich taste.
1 Wash and core the cauliflower, then coarsely chop. Set aside.
Heat a large, deep pot over medium-high heat, then add the coconut oil. When the oil is melted, add onions, carrots, and garlic. Stir with a wooden spoon and cook until they’re soft and golden, about 5 minutes. Add the chopped cauliflower and cook until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.
Add the broth and water, then bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook, covered, until the vegetables are very tender, about 45 minutes.
Working in batches, carefully transfer the cauliflower and some of the broth to a blender or food processor. Cover the top with a dish towel to protect yourself from splatters, and purée the cauliflower until smooth, adding more broth as necessary.
Pour the purée back into the soup pot, then add the salt, pepper, and coconut milk. Stir to combine and cook over medium until heated through. Serve immediately with garnishes, or store covered in the refrigerator. To reheat, warm the soup gently over medium-low heat until bubbly.
NOTE: (From Mel) I tried adding herbs and spices during cooking, but got the best results when I kept the soup plain and added seasonings at the end as garnishes as recommended above. I also experimented with chicken broth, beef broth, water, and different combos of all three for the base of this soup; the hands-down winner was beef broth. The versions made with chicken broth (and celery) ended up tasting too much like gravy. (If you’re looking for a healthy gravy you can ladle over chicken or turkey, cut this recipe in half, add a stalk of celery with the carrot/onion and use all chicken broth for the liquid.)
* My notes:
I'm thinking about adding a little green chile
(my New Mexico background)! It needs a little "kick" to go with the "rich". Adding bacon would make it more like a chowder.
I used my "motor boat" (immersion blender).
Easy enough to make this vegan by using vegetable broth. Wishing YOU well, much joy and some yummy soup!
Today I'm going to give thanks for the new restaurant just across the street!
Once, a restaurant named FRED'S was located in the space.
FRED'S was in this location long before we moved into our house. It was a neighborhood hang out.
They served Italian food.
Then Fred died, his family took over for awhile, but ended up selling to folks who
didn't pay their rent and the space went empty.
It's now ECLAIR PARIS, FRENCH BISTRO AND PATISSERE. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The interior is very different from the past.
Light and Bright.
So far, I've only been there for breakfast and
the Eggs Benedict are yummy!
I met a friend for breakfast and she tried the Avocado Toast. Another vote for YUMMY!
Then there are the pastries! Oh, my!
I have tried the Chocolate Croissant and the apricot tart. YUM!
I'm going to have to watch how many times I visit ECLAIR. Too many times and I might not be able to fit through the door! I've also noticed that the employees are recognizing me. They are telling me what their favorite menu items are. Wishing YOU well and much joy! Share Your Cup Thursday Willy Nilly Friday Mosaic Monday
Many thanks, love and hugs, to the wonderful, lovely Stephanie at the Enchanting Rose for her hard work putting this exchange together. I participated in the Mug and Tea Cup Exchange. It's so much fun shopping for someone else. Let's face it --- shopping is fun!!!! "Meeting" new tea lovers, making new friends.
My teacup box of goodies is from Sherry Vlcek.
Sherry lives in New York and is a quilter.
She doesn't have a blog.
I love my quilted scissor holder.
Around my neck it goes -- I'll always be able to find the scissor!
Pin cushion, too!
The strip to hold the iron cord is very clever.
The teacup has a lovely, delicate flower pattern.
Two of my favorite Bigelow teas: Green Tea Jasmine and Pomegranate.
Sherry is allergic to cats, but her husband is a cat lover.
He went out and found the mouse cat nip toys.
My kitties love them!
The Good Humor Kids Say the Funniest Things is delightful.
She also sent Elizabeth George's One Minute Inspirations for Women.
The Berry Sangria candle was wonderful -- all gone!
When I was just starting my tea drinking experience as a very young woman,
I started with Constant Comment and Celestial Seasonings tea.
Black Cherry Berry is one I hadn't tried and it is great!
All the Owls together. My thanks to Sherry and Ida for my boxes of goodies. What fun it was to open them. I giggled, ooooed and awed all the way! Thanks again to Stephanie. Wishing YOU well and much joy!