Cauliflower Soup

E62B6CEDCA3741A7Sure.  It doesn’t sound like the most exciting soup.  Or vegetable.  But whiz it up with some potato to thicken, perhaps some truffle oil if you are being fancy (I just happen to have some in the pantry at all times), sprinkle with cracked black pepper, fresh parsley and some crisped pancetta chips (bacon will do) and you have yourself a high end meal.  Even for those ‘soup is not a meal’ folk out there, pair this soup with some gruyere on toast melted in the grill and it will be hard to argue that all the food groups are not getting fair representation.

Having a Thermomix has made me enjoy making soup in a way I have never before.  I have dabbled with soups in the past.  They have never met my standards.  The cooking of the vegetables then transferring to a food processor was the kind of hassle that loses that therapeutic feeling most cooking gives me.  Or the draining of a giant stockpot into a colander over a bowl in the sink.  I’m not very coordinated so many times hot liquid was splashed about causing not only interesting shaped burns but also a mess that made me regret embarking on the whole process in the first place.  Also I have a talent for always choosing a container that is too small for whatever I am trying to pour into it.  I don’t know why.  But I do it every time.

However, forgive my bias, the Thermomix has changed things.  Soups are a breeze, a joy.  Just chop onion and garlic in the bowl.  Add around 20g oil and saute on 100 degrees for 2-3 minutes on speed 1.  Fill the basket with your vegetables of choice (in this case mostly cauliflower, plus about 2 peeled potatoes cut in half).  Pour 1 litre of water plus 3 tablespoons of your concentrated vegetable stock (or if you want to keep the soup a whiter colour use 1 litre of chicken stock, which you have of course made previously in the Thermomix) into the bowl.  Place the vegetable laden basket inside the bowl and cook for 15 minutes at 100 degrees on Speed 1.  Test that the veggies are soft.  If not, cook for a further 5 minutes.  Add a good splash of truffle oil at this stage, maybe some cumin if you feel like another layer of flavour.  Then blend it to a smooth puree (with the MC on) on Speed 9 for 1 minute.  Decorate as described above for maximum wow.

The Everyday Cookbook has another version.  Recipe Community has a Neil Perry conversion as well which sounds extremely tasty.  Of course it has more cream and such.  Thermomix recipes are there for the experimenting.  Its so easy to do.  You’ve just got to try it.


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