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Soup Addiction

Following on from the butternut squash and sweet potato soup I made recently I seem to have become addicted to soup making. It is quite a harmless addiction though and has resulted in my partner washing my vintage Kenwood so it is now nice and clean.

I dragged down and dusted my “Covent Garden Food Company A Soup For Every Day – 365 of our favourite recipes” book and have been making soup on a regular basis.

First off was Broccoli and Stilton – lovely.

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Last Wednesday I made Spiced Carrot and Lentil and Easy Cauliflower Cheesy. I didn’t have curry powder to make the spicy carrot so used turmeric and a variety of peppers. It could have done with something darker to colour it – it looked a bit like very bright scrambled egg but it was tasty. The cauliflower soup was nice but do reduce the quantity of butter! I served these soup as a mix. I have wanted to do this for ages – I went to a dinner years ago where the starter was two soups served in one bowl – works better when there is a greater contrast really.

Easy Cauliflower Cheesy & Spiced Carrot and Lentil soups
Easy Cauliflower Cheesy & Spiced Carrot and Lentil soups

Spiced carrot and cauliflower soups

Spiced carrot and cauliflower soups

I will try the Broccoli, Cauliflower and English Mustard recipe next time I have a cauliflower. I do love mustard.

My latest attempt was Leek and Potato. This is one of my favourite soups but this wasn’t a great success. It was a bit on the bland side – my other half agreed so I think I will try some other recipes to see what the missing ingredient is.

This leek and potato soup was rather bland

This leek and potato soup was rather bland

Incidentally I’m not a fan of cream (well my stomach isn’t) so I replace it with crème fraiche. I know this is made from cream but I can eat it it without problems.

Oh, must tell you, having opened a can of coconut milk to make one of the soups it was looking at me (decanted into glass of course) from the fridge so I wondered what I could use it for. I am pleased to report it is delicious added to porridge

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Soup, lovely soup

Soup, lovely soup
Soup

I used the pan from my steamer to make the soup in

I can’t think of soup without thinking of the beautiful soup dragon from The Clangers!

Having bought Nigella Lawson’s Express cookbook I had an urge to try her sweet potato and butternut squash soup.

As it is the “Express” book Nigella suggests using a bag of prepared and chopped sweet potato and butternut squash. This must be a southern thing as nobody I have asked in Lincolnshire has ever seen such thing but a relative who lives in Oxfordshire says she has.

The hardest part was peeling the butternut squash. The skin really is tough and my peeler wasn’t man enough for the job. I ended up cutting the squash into two and then slicing down round the edges to remove the peel with a very sharp knife – this needs to be done C A R E F U L L Y !

Whilst the vegetables simmered I cleaned my vintage Kenwood Chef. My partner declared he’d never seen it used before – not true but it has been a while. Rather grimy!  In fact was an Easter present from him several years ago.  I saw it advertised in the local shop and as I’m not a big chocolate fan he said he would buy it for me as an alternative to an egg!  The soup making reminded me how much I love it – I must sort ou all the attachments as I have some I’ve not even used!

An Easter present years ago

An Easter present years ago

Nigella suggests decorating the soup with buttermilk but that isn’t something I have in the house so I’ve used both balsamic vinegar and basil olive oil which have been nice. If you feel really creative of course you make a soup of a different colour and swirl the two into the bowl……

Buttermilk to decorate

Buttermilk to decorate

The soup was delicious and there was enough for me to take some to work for lunch and for us to have it for tea again later in the week.  Second time around I bought some rolls from the local deli to go with it too!