Cauliflower and Cumin Soup

It's going to be a double-post day! I'm kicking off with something which should rightfully be on my sister-blog. But since I've recently revived The Belly Rules The Mind, I thought I would post this here instead.

I'd like to claim credit for this soup, which was eaten on a cold, dank, miserable Sunday evening last week, but I can't. This soup was entirely the invention of Mlle Phantom using the following ingredients

Half a cauliflower
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1.5 pints of vegetable stock
1 onion
1oz butter
1 bay leaf
Dash of double cream
Salt and Pepper to taste

Mlle Phantom sweated the onions, half the cumin and bay leaf in the butter for five minutes. Just before they are about to turn brown, she added in the cauliflower and coated them in the onion and butter mix.

Following that, she poured in the stock and the rest of the cumin and simmered for about 20 minutes. she then added in the cream and stirred. She removed the bay leaf and then poured it into a blender and whizzed it until smooth.

It's at this point that she added the seasoning. Back on the pan to heat up again and it was ready to serve with some fresh bread, still warm from the breadmaker. Delicious.

The soup was just the ticket to combat that 'I've got to go to work tomorrow; the rain is coming down and it's dark by 6.30' feeling that you get at this time of the year. The heat from the cumin resting neatly along the flavour of the cauliflower. The texture was just right. A good blitz in the blender ensured that it lost the grainy feeling. I think if you sieved it, and served up a slice of crispy, salty bacon with it in some form, it would work as a seriously good flavour combination and amuse bouche.

A final thought really, I really need a new camera. The iPhone is many things, but it's pretty shocking. Donations greatfully received. It really doesn't do the soup justice as it looks so washed out. Rest assured, it tasted a gajillion (yes, that's a number) times better than it looked.

1 comment:

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Cauliflower prevent colon cancer and contributes significant amounts of iron. It also contains vitamins E and C. I like to eat it at least twice per week and i love the taste. I like cauliflower in salad or another kind of recipes.

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