I’ve had the soup pot chugging away this past week. All that rain on Sunday made me feel miserable, and I thought, mmm, it’s soup time. I’ve got a couple of beauties. The first is a French style soup, a rich purée of celeriac and potatoes with a base of bacon, onion and sage, finished with a slosh of cream. It’s unbelievably good. Don’t turn the whole pot of soup into a purée mind – lumpy bits add interest, so follow the idea in the recipe. Celeriac & Potato Soup. If you are vegetarian, omit the bacon, but add 1 teaspoon, or to taste, of smoked paprika. That will give you a layer of smoky flavour. It’ll change the colour of the soup, too.
You might like a few croûtons to go with it. These are the sort of thing you can easily make from a drying crust of good bread. Or you could buy them ready-made wrapped in plastic at an inflated price … Don’t get me started! Croûtons – Crunchy, crusty croutons
I’ve got another great soup this week: Puy Lentil & Chorizo Soup. It’s full of flavour and substantial enough to serve as a meal. Just choose good chorizo sausages, not bags of fatty sawdust.
Yep, I’m feeling outspoken this week and can’t be doing with bad food. I’ve had a big rant about the possibility of robotic food coming to a town near you sometime soon. Man, it raised my hackles. Have a read and let me know if you agree or disagree. No holding back here
Apart from that, there’s info to read about celeriac. It’s not a cheap vegetable to buy, but it is a delicious one. Once or twice a winter it makes its way into my shopping bag. Maybe next year I will try and grow it. If you’ve got any gardening tips, send them on. The smell of it cooking in this soup is really comforting, like being in your mother’s kitchen when she was making something scrumptious for dinner. It pushes all my buttons. HaHa. If you read my rant you’ll know why that is funny.
Oh, and apple galettes. Now’s the time to whip these up. Apple Galettes
Righto, I’m off.