Monday, April 26

In Season: Comforting Cauliflower and Bacon Soup

Hello friends!  How was your weekend?  If you're in Australia or New Zealand you're enjoying (hopefully!) a day off - as Anzac day public holiday is today.  It seems I  have jinxed Sydney - sorry everyone - I told everyone on Saturday that the weathers' been beautiful and continues to be so - well I was proven wrong yesterday afternoon when it got cool and proceeded to rain all afternoon.  Harrumph.  

But with the cooler weather has me whipping out my cookbooks and magazines and thinking about comfort food.  I had a head of cauliflower in the fridge and we had a big day yesterday, so a quick, healthy and comforting recipe was in order.  Cauliflower soup got the vote from the frills.  It was yummy.  Everyone had second helpings.  Gave us all warm tummies.  And it's pretty low fat if you use shortcut bacon - makes up for all these yummy things I've made and eaten this week!

1 head of cauliflower - approx 1.2kg
4 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced into 2cm thickness
4 rashers of bacon or 8 pieces of shortcut bacon, diced
1 leek (white part only) diced
2 cups chicken stock
1 can skim evaporated milk

Cut the florets off your cauliflower and boil/steam it with the potato slices until soft

In a large stockpot, add a little oil and over moderate heat, fry the leek and bacon, until soft. Add stock and raise the heat to a simmer.

When your potatoes and cauliflowers are cooked, drain well, then put in the stockpot with the other ingredients, and simmer for a further 15 minutes.

Transfer in batches, to your food processor and puree, when all is done transfer back to the stockpot.

Add a good lashing of pepper and the tinned evaporated milk, stir well.

Leave to simmer for a further 5-10 minutes, serve with buttered toast or bread.

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4 lovely comments:

Sue Whiting on April 26, 2010 at 6:32 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Yummo! Guess what the Whiting's had for dinner tonight. Thanks. :)

Corrie on April 26, 2010 at 11:32 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

now this looks lovely! we don't eat bacon but I'm thinking even without the bacon it will be lovely if I flavour it up a bit !

thanks for sharing

Mrs Mac on April 27, 2010 at 3:25 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Oh sounds absolutely wonderful Liss - and I have a head of cauliflower I've been scratching my head thinking what on earth to do with this - will give this one a go for sure :)

twinkietwink on May 14, 2010 at 7:46 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

This soup is so delicious!! Made 2nd lot yesterday. Can't stop eating it. Thank you!


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