Sunday, March 11, 2012

Cauliflower Comfort

One of the things I am very happy about here in England is the quality of food.  (While not all produce is local to England, it is mostly local to Europe.)  All fruits and vegetables I purchase (especially the organic ones) are extremely flavorful.  With all the fresh produce available to me in California I still never had vegetables that tasted as good as here in Europe.  The bell peppers are very sweet, as are the carrots and the cauliflower is fabulous.  (I never thought I would use the words cauliflower and fabulous in the same sentence!)  I was not a huge cauliflower fan most of my life, but I am now officially converted.  (My mom also touts cauliflower as a food with properties that can help beat cancer.)  With the weather still quite cold, this soup sounded both comforting and satisfying.

Cook down one chopped onion with olive oil
Add one head of cut up cauliflower
Carmelize the cauliflower and onions
Add 5-6 cups vegetable broth (or you could use chicken broth if you wish) keep cooking
Meanwhile grate about 1 cup of strong white cheddar 
Once the cauliflower has cooked for some time in the broth it will begin to soften and break down

At this point blend the soup, (in Europe hand blenders are popular) I quite like them, but to be honest I would still choose my stand blender over the hand blender any day
Add grated cheese to blended soup

Mmmm....smooth and creamy....and to think no cream was used!

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