Wednesday, 18 November 2009

SOUP

I'm sick at home with a flu and alone so today there's no dressing up. Instead I'm making soup - a broccoli and lentil soup that I once tried out from scratch and turned out surprisingly good and has worked well ever since.

You'll need green lentils, broccoli, cooking cream and spices of your own preference. I've started to freak out over natrium glutamate so I'm not adding any stock cubes for taste, rather some garlic and bits of chopped onion, gourmet salt, pepper and a hint of chili. I prefer to use ecological vegetable cooking cream since it's additive free. I'm trying to be more concious about these things (and every now and then I actually succeed to be).

First, rinse about half a coffee cup of lentils and place them in cold water with the onions (or stock cube) and heat up.



Add the rinsed and slightly chopped broccoli when the lentils have gone soft. I actually use quite little water; it heats up faster and rather steams the broccoli than cooks it, that saves more vitamins. And no need to pour the boiling water away either. Cook under a lid until the broccoli is soft.



Add about one cup of cooking cream. Heat up and use a mixer/blender to mash it into a smooth puree.



Sprinkle on some pepper and whatever else you feel like, chopped herbs or such, and serve!

Since I'm slightly obsessed with not having a too monotonic colour sheme on my plate I have my green soup with a tomato sandwhich (on roasted rye bread with tahini) and some pineapple juice (which I normally only have for breakfast but hey, I'm ill). And mango sorbet for dessert. (Not so bad being sick in some aspects no :)

And believe it or not, my little carnivore Lulu enjoyed what was let of the soup. Who would've thought!

20 comments:

Sanna said...

Rye bread with tahini? I'd have to try that. And the soup too perhaps, even though I prefer more meaty things :)

Madeleine Miranda said...

Hey that's a great recipe! You certainly have fun with your meals... And such a sweet black cat too!

Get well soon my dear

the freelancer's fashionblog said...

Sanna : one of my favorite sandwiches! Lemon pepper on top!

Madeleine Miranda : Thank you, I think I'm getting better actually :)

melancholic optimist said...

Mmmm, sounds like a perfect meal while being sick. I love lentils in general, and we're starting to use dried beans more as well - we just made a white bean soup with bits of ham, carrots, celery and tomato base.

Fresh tomatoes are one of the greatest things ever - the italians really got it right with the caprese salad, just tomatoes and cheese and olive oil :)

One of our cats likes brussels sprouts, so I'm not surprised that yours likes lentils and broccoli, it must happen sometimes :)

Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

the freelancer's fashionblog said...

Melancholic Optimist : I used to use lots of dried beans before, but now I've become lazy. The bean soup sounds good!

I'm such a tomato addict. My favorite vegetable by far. I recently made a nice soup of tomatoes, red lentils, chili and coconut cream. A good combination, great for a cold day. My boyfriend said it was he best tomato soup he ever had :)

Q's Daydream said...

Wow, super yummy! I hope you're feeling better!

melancholic optimist said...

Yes, tomato soup with coconut is delicious, I've had that! Mmmmm.

I'm hungry now :)

daisymay said...

Looks yummy, I love making soup, Carrot and Sweet potatoes is my fav, but I also love a good Welsh Cawl (A chunky stew!)

Feel better soon!

Jiya said...

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shamblebaby said...

get well soon!

i really like your blog.

Betty Lou said...

Oh ser supergott ut! Har tänkt testa broccolisoppa jättelänge men inte hittat nåt bra recept. Använder inte heller buljongtärning i, är ganska mycket skit i och så är det morötter som jag inte riktigt tål.

Brukar oftast göra spenatsoppa, är bara att tina lite och så krydda. går så snabbt

sue said...

hope you get well soon!

I tagged you - something to keep you busy when you're sick

Heather said...

my goodness lady you ALWAYS seem to have the flu :( is it from working on the docs? You poor dear, get better, soup looks tasty!

gem fatale said...

Haha bless Lulu! My cat surprised me today by eating pate!

Rosie Unknown said...

Oh dear, you have me craving cream soups now! Looks super yummy!

Cheryl Lynn said...

That looks positively scrumptious! I love lentils and broccoli. I think I'll try that! Hope you are feeling better, my dear, and thanks for sharing such a healthy, and I'm sure, tasty recipe!

Have a great one!

Anonymous said...

I Love your blog<3 (With a big L, yes)

Tip: Reformi`s stock cubes contain no natrium glutamate. (My mom freaks out over it too, since she gets migraine from natrium glutamate.. Dont know why they put it in almost everything these days.)

Hope you get well soon!

-Aio

Jes said...

i have a black cat too :)

the freelancer's fashionblog said...

Betty Lou : Jo, spenat soppa och mixa den me lite gröna ärter, de e mums de me!

Heather : I know! I've been ill three times this autumn already. I guess it's both the docks as well as the fact that I do too much and not rest enough...

Anonymous : THanks for the tip!

the freelancer's fashionblog said...

And thank you all lovelies for the get well-wishes ♥