Friday, October 19, 2012
French Fridays with Dorie - Spur-of-the-Moment Vegetable Soup
Today´s recipe for the French Fridays with Dorie Group is a wonderfully colorful and healthy “Spur-of –the-Moment Vegetable Soup”.
With this basic vegetable soup recipe, all you really need is chicken stock, some herbs and vegetables. This soup can be compared to a “canvas”, that you can get creative with any which way you would like. I started with making my own chicken stock in the morning. After a few hours of simmering away, I strained the soup and degreased it. Then apart from the onions, garlic, rosemary, thyme and bay leaf, I chose the following wonderful colorful things: parsnips, sweet potatoes, small peas, potatoes, carrots, yellow and purple French cauliflower.
Since we eat a fair share of puréed soups such as cream of carrot, cauliflower, broccoli or potato, I opted to leave all the wonderful colorful vegetables intact and serve this soup “chunky style” with lots of chives as garnish and since not everyone is fond of too much cauliflower in his or her vegetable soup, I chose to serve some of the florets on the side!
This was one easy and simple Vegetable Soup, the taste of which entirely depends upon the ingredients that you choose to use, a good homemade stock as the base for this soup certainly greatly improves the taste as well.
Since I had baked some Pumpkin Biscuits with some Hokkaido pumpkin purée, I served those alongside the soup, another colorful accent and a delicious one too!
To see how the other Doristas prepared the “Spur-of-the-Moment Vegetable Soup”, please click here.
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Your soup looks so beautiful, I love the combination of purple and yellow cauliflower! (And needless to say, those pumpkin biscuits sound like a great accompaniment.)ReplyDelete
Lovely! I've never seen purple cauliflower (I think...as long as I remember now). I don't have proper soup bowls and you got me an idea. Your bowls are so pretty! That bowl of soup not only looks delicious but has full flavor & nutrition! Very nice~~!ReplyDelete
Have a great weekend Andrea!
With that gorgeous cauliflower it was absolutely right to leave your soup chunky. Your whole meal looks delicious!ReplyDelete
And we are so excited about this beautiful weather! Hope you and your family enjoy it as well.
Your soup is lovely - I like all the wonderful colors. You were right to leave the soup chunky so everyone could see the beautiful veggies. Love the idea of serving this soup with Pumpkin Biscuits. Great Job.ReplyDelete
WOW, so beautiful with the colored veggies! And your bowls are gorgeous!ReplyDelete
I love your colorful chunky soup, Andrea. It wouldn't have looked as pretty if you pureed it. And I'll have to try the pumpkin biscuits. What a colorful autumn meal. Hope you have a great weekend!ReplyDelete
What a gorgeous presentation, Andrea! Love it so much. And the colorful cauliflower is just so perfect paired with those yummy looking pumpkin biscuits.ReplyDelete
wonderful colour especially the purple cauliflowerReplyDelete
Beautiful presentation, Andrea. Those soup bowls are gorgeous.ReplyDelete
I had to puree my soup to hide the amount of cabbage that I sneaked into the soup :-) Your version is so lively and colorful!
I love vegetables soups. As you say, you can add anything to the pot to come up with a hearty meal. I love the color that purple cauliflower gives to this soup. Fantastic that you make your own broth too!ReplyDelete
your show case of colorful vegetables is amazing - orange and purple cauliflower and Hokkaido pumpkin biscuits. I wish I was there to taste!!!ReplyDelete
You just absolutely amaze me each week. Your Posts are fabulous. I believe you are the only Dorista who made her own chicken stock. When I took a French Cooking Series I and II, in the 1990s, the first thing we were taught was to NEVER use store-bought stock/broth. So, you shamed me as well as inspired me. Thank you. Your colorful vegetables just made the soup, as far as I am concerned, and I am happy you didn't puree it. Sometimes "purple" food is pretty dreadful looking but I think the cauliflowere looks lovely in the bowls. Have I seen those soup bowls before? Blue/White dishes - really love the classical look of that. Your biscuits also look delicious. Once more, you are amazing.ReplyDelete
I completely agree with Mary, kudos on making your own stock. I actually just used water, and the soup had plenty of flavor! So I guess I didn't break the no-no on store bought rule?ReplyDelete
Looks delicious, I love the colours, very "automny". Would like to try it someday.ReplyDelete
Your colorful vegetables are amazing, Andrea! The pumpkin biscuits even match with their gorgeous ochre hue.ReplyDelete
wow, what a colorful dinner! the cauliflower is just totally intriguing!! :)ReplyDelete