It was the sort of week where in searching for a small lid, I knocked over some bookends. I decided to fix the broken bits with superglue straight away. The tube had been used before and would not budge. Instead the superglue leaked onto my fingers!
It was the sort of week when I headed home with bags of groceries, all ready to put them away and start baking only to find that our handyman had arrived unannounced while I was out to work on a kitchen door. And when I finally got back in the kitchen with washing to bring inside, groceries to put away and dinner to serve, I found that the leftover stew I had planned to serve had gone off!
It was just that sort of week. A dizzy spell. Stew spilled on the kitchen cupboards. Hand-food-and-mouth disease. Mouldy cake. More cardboard around the house than we could fit in our recycling bin.
Fortunately there was comfort too. A good friend taking Sylvia overnight. Sharing a large block of chocolate with my work colleagues. A delicious lunch by my mum. And lots of belly laughs while watching Jerry Lewis in Artists and Models with Sylvia and E. Did anyone else find this on the tv often when they were a kid? And there was soup!
The soup was really lovely. It is an elegant pureed soup that I would serve in small bowls as an appetiser or have with bread as a meal, as we did. The quantities can easily be altered to what you have on hand. Just make sure to use a light coloured stock if you want a pale colour. My homemade vegetable stock is quite dark so I used stock powder to flavour the soup. If you want something more substantial you could add rice as E preferred.
I am sending this soup to Jac for Meat Free Mondays, to Jac together with Lisa for No Croutons Required, Deb for Souper Sundays and Cindy for Gluten Free Fridays.
More cauliflower recipes on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Cauliflower cheese sauce (gf, v)
Cauliflower and onion tart
Cauliflower, pea and parmesan polenta fingers (gf)
Cauliflower and zucchini soup with dumplings
Celery, watercress and cauliflower salad (gf, v)
Cheesy cauliflower and rice soup (gf, v)
Macaroni cheese with sauerkraut, cauliflower and blue cheese (v)
Meaty cauliflower and walnut lasagne
Vegan lasagne with cauliflower, hummus and tofu "ricotta" (v)
Cauliflower, parsnip and camembert soup
An original recipe by Green Gourmet Giraffe
1-2 tsp of olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, sliced
3 parsnips, peeled and chopped
2 litres stock
1 large head of cauliflower, trimmed and chopped
1/4 tsp salt, or to taste
200g wheel of camembert
flowers and herbs to decorate (optional)
Fry onion in oil over medium heat in a stockpot for about 3-5 minutes to soften but try not to brown them. Add garlic and parsnip and cook a few minutes more. Add stock, caulifower and (if required) salt. Bring to the boil and simmer about 5-10 minutes or until vegies are soft. Remove from heat and add camembert. Blend. Check seasoning and adjust as required. Decorate with flowers and herbs if desired (the herbs I used were rosemary, parsley and thyme).
On the Stereo:
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Music from the Second Series: Various Artists