Creamy cauliflower soup

January 25, 2012

You know I really love Donna Hay Challenge. I was pretty excited about this month’s challenge. It looked quite simple. I knew that I would have lighting issues, but this Sunday was such a bad day for me. And I don’t mean only taking photos. Tears were streaming from trivial reasons, things I needed weren’t there, everything was falling down or breaking down. So you see, there was no way I could do it. I mean I stood there with my tripod and a few photos that I took, and it wasn’t the way it should. I wanted to get this impression that you are very close to a bowl of a soup. But I was stuck, angry, and sad, so I decide to give up this time. So I gave up tweaking, trying, looking for the best dark background, diluting the soup, trying to make paper napkin nicer. I just gave up and ate a bowl of the soup.
It was good idea. Sometimes it’s just not the right time.
But the soup is very good. Even my boyfriend liked it, and he is actually fed up with creamy soups (especially one, that we were eating almost for a whole week). You would think that a cauliflower soup may be little bland, but this one is very balanced, mild but not bland, a little bit tangy (probably from crème fraîche I added). Enjoy it.

Creamy cauliflower soup

  • 25 g butter
  • 1 brown onion, chopped (I used red one)
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1,5 head cauliflower, chopped (leave 100 g for crumbs)
  • 500 g potatoes, starchy potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 750 ml chicken stock
  • 500 ml milk
  • 125 ml single cream (I added crème fraîche)
  • sea salt cracked
  • white pepper
  • 4-6 sprigs fresh thyme

For parmesan cauliflower crumbs 

  • 100 g cauliflower, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 20 g parmesan, finely grated

Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat.
Add the onion, garlic, thyme and bay leaf and cook for 5-8 minutes or until onion has softened.
Add the cauliflower, potato, stock and milk, increase heat to medium and cook for 25-30 minutes or until cauliflower and potato is tender.
Remove from the heat and using a hand-held blender, blend until smooth.
Stir through the cream, salt and pepper.
While the soup is cooking, make the parmesan cauliflower crumbs.
Place the cauliflower, oil and parmesan in a bowl and toss to combine.
Heat a non-stick frying pan over high heat. Put the cauliflower, oil and parmesan in a bowl and toss to combine. Fry the cauliflower, stirring for 2 minutes or until golden and crisp.
Top soup with cauliflower crumbs to serve.

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  • Reply Martyna@WholesomeCook January 25, 2012 at 22:26

    Magda, this is a gorgeous photo – I’m loving the moody, dark shots at the moment! And your soup sounds amazing. Glad you’re feeling better – sometimes we just need to stop and regroup before things fall into place again. :-)

    • Reply Magda January 25, 2012 at 22:36

      Thanks Martyna. I love shot by Katie fro “What Katie Ate”, they are gorgeous. Time (or cake;)) is the best doctor :)

  • Reply Colette January 25, 2012 at 23:03

    The frustration of trying to get a good image of what we make can be exhausting, but don’t ever cry. Your picture is amazing, and the recipe is gorgeous. Love to see different ways of using cauliflower. Well Done :)

    • Reply Magda January 26, 2012 at 08:50

      Colette, luckily I didn’t cry over photo, only over how world is bad and life is difficult ;) You know sometimes small things look scary.
      Anyway I love cauliflower and soup is really lovely.

  • Reply Soma January 26, 2012 at 19:02

    This is the best take on this challenge I have seen so far. You have got the light so perfect!

    • Reply Magda February 4, 2012 at 19:48

      Thank you Soma. But unfortunately I didn’t got other components of the photo, but I still like it :)

  • Reply a Palate and a Passport January 26, 2012 at 19:53

    Great attempt! I wanted to try this challenge also, but as usual I am running out of time. I also like dark mood photos, but I like the bright ones also. Cheers!

    • Reply Magda February 4, 2012 at 19:49

      I always promise myself to make it at the beginning of the month and end up at the last weekend. And it’s nice to try different styles.

  • Reply Cross My Apple Tart January 26, 2012 at 21:29

    This looks delicious Magda and a beautiful picture too. Hope you are feeling happier today :) Think nice thoughts of your night away soon :)

    • Reply Magda February 4, 2012 at 19:51

      Thank you Adrienne. We had lovely weekend and always new day, new power, so don’t worry I’m good.

  • Reply Gosia February 8, 2012 at 03:59

    I think your take is fantastic. And I relate to your feeling of frustration, but the best part is that it passes and you go back to the challenge with such renewed passion… and new tricks you learned in the meantime. There’ll be no stopping you!

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