23 January 2015 / 14 Comments

Cauliflower & apple soup


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Although it’s still extremely cold for the English January,the sun started to show it’s face a little bit more.The days are slowly getting longer and suddenly I’m getting this weir feeling…..that I’ve really been missing the Spring.I’ve noticed the tulips have been poking bravely through the soil and the buds have started to appear on trees and bushes.Are they the first signs of the new season?I hope so…I’m longing for brighter evenings,more light for taking photos and warmer morning spent in the garden.

While it’s still winter and there is a great deal of seasonal veg around I make a lot of soups.It seems to be the only dish that somehow makes me feel super cosy.This cauliflower and apple soup is really lovely,creamy and rich.Topped with yoghurt,toasted almond flakes and apple pieces,looks and tastes sooooo beautiful.Give it a try 🙂

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RECIPE:

serves 4

INGREDIENTS:

tiny piece of butter
1 small shallot,chopped
1.2 l vegetable stock
small cauliflower (around 500-600g),break into small florets
2 small potatoes,peeled and chopped
3 sweet medium apples,cored,peeled and chopped – leave half an apple for topping
4 tablespoons of natural yoghurt
salt,pepper
handful of toasted almond flakes to garnish
thyme to garnish

PREPARATION:

1.Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the shallot and fry gently until softened. Add the cauliflower,potatoes and fry for couple of minutes. Add stock and bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until the cauliflower until tender.

2.Add raw apples and blend the soup using  a hand blender until smooth or transfer it to a stationary blender and whiz for about a minute.Season with salt and pepper and divide into bowls.Swirl one tablespoon of natural yoghurt into each bowl and sprinkle with toasted almond flakes.Slice the remaining half of the apple and cut it into thin stripes.Decorate the soup with them and sprinkle with fresh thyme.

Enjoy x

 

14 Comments

  1. I agree. . Spring can’t get here soon enough! But in the meantime, soups like this, make winter worth it. This is the most beautiful soup ever! love the apples and yogurt swirls. . so beautiful!

  2. It’s been a rainy summer here in Australia, so soups are popular in our house at the moment too! I don’t really like cauliflower on its on, but I do love cauliflower soup so I can’t wait to try this. And the addition of apple sounds like a super sweet idea 🙂

  3. Looks nice. In 1. You said “add diced apples” and cook until tender. In 2. You start with “add apples”. Should the apples be cooked or added after cooking and just blended?

    1. Hello there!Yes, sorry I’ve made a mistake.You can cook the apples and blend it with the rest of the ingredients or add raw apples to cooked cauliflower and cooked potatoes and blend it together.It works either way.I personally prefer to add raw fruit as I think it gives a little bit more flavour 🙂 Hope it helps!Happy New Year!

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