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And the farmstand had a beautiful head of broccoli.

I like broccoli any old way, but broccoli always reminds me of one of the best bowls of soup that I had in New Zealand several years ago.

I can’t remember where I was exactly — but it was raining, and cold. We walked into a small cafe with teeth chattering, and I ordered a bowl of broccoli cheddar soup.

The thing I remember the most about it is that the bowl in front of me wasn’t a bowl of green bits swimming in cheese colored liquid, but it was a steaming bowl of beautiful green soup, with a mound of grated cheddar in the middle which was melting into the soup as it was placed in front of me.

Since then, this is my favorite way of eating broccoli soup. The soup itself is nothing special — just sauteed onions, celery and broccoli stem, boiled in home made chicken stock and some wine, and the heads added at the last minute and cooked until just soft — and then blended.

I eat it with lots of cracked black pepper, and of course, the mound of grated sharp cheddar cheese.

YUM! Totally warms you up from the inside.

Speaking of warming up from the inside…The other thing that I like to make is chai. I use this version from Elana’s Pantry with extra ginger, but I cannot forget the chai that Nancy/Purled made for me (every morning!!). Ever since I read her last blog post about knitting in bed with the mug of chai, I have been thinking about it! Maybe the chai master will reveal a bit about her secret concoction……

Chai…..mmmmmm

P.S. Yes, I consumed both the soup and chai out of Jennie The Potter ware. Wouldn’t have it any other way.