It’s Soup Weather!!!!

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……


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

  1. Judy said:

    YUM, and so pretty! If I hadn’t just finished dinner, I’d be rooting around in the fridge for veggies to cast on…er, I mean chop up 🙂

  2. It’s one hundred percent soup time- I love it!!

  3. Judi said:

    wish I had a chai recipe……..
    I can’t wait to try the brocoli soup this way
    If I was to alter the soup for a son who is vegetarian would you add a few more aromatic veggies/shallots garlic onions to replace the flavor of chicken broth I dislike most vegetarian broths though ahve substituted the water from cookign white beans 1/2 bean broth 1/2 water for some recipies
    had just gone up on onions shallots and garlic as in pottage palmentierre(?sp)
    thanks for the hints.
    love the knits 😉

    • The vegetable broth should work nicely, although I would go easy on the garlic because you don’t want to overpower the “green” flavor of broccoli, which I happen to love. But it would be really nice and warming.
      Farmer’s market had lots and lots of broccoli again this weekend so I will be making a giant batch of soup tonight to freeze!
      DO try Purled’s chai recipe. It’s absolutely fantastic and the best out there, in my opinion!

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