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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Purple Cauliflower & Apple Soup

a few weeks ago a friend offered up her weekly CSA stash since she was going out of town and didn't want it to go to waste. i jumped on that bandwagon like my life depended on it. i've always wanted to see what the fuss was about, plus, free groceries for the week? call me dorky but the process of just showing up on this random farm out in the county, picking fresh produce, everything so ... close to the earth ... i was quite euphoric. or just suffering from mad motion sickness, cus even when driving i can succumb to the damn thing.

anyway, one of the items i was most excited about was the purple cauliflower. rationally speaking, i know it tastes the same but i've always picked the white variety. i have a block with random colored food. blue stuff? no. unless it's blueberries. florescent orange potatoes? no. don't get me started on black food or red velvet cake. my fave yogurt is blueberry and i know it turns purple but that's the only purple food i dig. until now. cus i can dig purple cauliflower soup. added an apple in there for some sweetness. and mainly because it was hanging out forlorn on my counter. i think i'll continue to do that from now on because it lends such a natural sweetness. i may have hit something here, parents could totally get their kids to eat more apples if they just masked it well enough. just saying.

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Purple Cauliflower and Apple Soup

half a head of purple cauliflower, small florets
1 apple rough chopped
1 small onion, diced
veggie broth, or water
milk or cream
splash of olive oil
salt/pepper to taste, added between layers

seriously, this soup was so easy to make. heat up some oil in a pot, enough to coat bottom. add in the diced onion, sauteeing till soft/translucent. salt/pepper. next, throw in the chopped apple and allow to carmelize a bit. salt/pepper. last, put in the cauliflower, allowing them to mingle in there with the onions and apple. salt/pepper. add in enough broth or water to just over and allow to simmer till tender. using an immersion blender, blend till smooth at desired consistency. i added in a ladle full of milk for some creaminess. adjust seasoning.

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9 comments:

  1. It's...blue.

    Good lord.

    Blue changes a flavor simply by being blue. I did this for a party once: I colored some hot dogs with blue dye. Didn't change the taste one bit, but suddenly everyone was spitting them out, making faces. Blue is Wrong.

    I *love* that it's blue.

    Oh, but your grass jelly link scared the f!@&£$* out of me. Looks just a little bit too much like Centuy Egg to me, and part of me is still screaming uncontrollably after *that* experience.

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  2. Other than serving it raw as part of a crudite-dip platter or in a salad, I really think you can't make a good-looking dish out of purple cauliflower except for this pureed soup. Cooked purple cauliflower just doesn't look appetizing to me. But this soup is just lovely! Periwinkle, velvety, creamy soup -- I wouldn't hesitate to dig in.

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  3. chow & chatter, thank you!

    mike, if we ever meet, i would have to feed you grass jelly. it's good. you.just.don't.know! but i get you, odd colored food is just... odd.

    leela, exactly! i did get a few stares at work while i was heating it up...

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  4. Lan, I love the shock value in the soup's color, and I adore cauliflower, so I think I'll have to start buying the purple type for my soups. If nothing else, it will freak people out, and what's not to like about that?

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  5. amy, i completely agree! it's a mental thing, i got over the color thing once i tasted it! :)

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  6. Lan, I love the shock value in the soup's color, and I adore cauliflower, so I think I'll have to start buying the purple type for my soups. If nothing else, it will freak people out, and what's not to like about that?

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  7. chow & chatter, thank you!

    mike, if we ever meet, i would have to feed you grass jelly. it's good. you.just.don't.know! but i get you, odd colored food is just... odd.

    leela, exactly! i did get a few stares at work while i was heating it up...

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  8. It's...blue.

    Good lord.

    Blue changes a flavor simply by being blue. I did this for a party once: I colored some hot dogs with blue dye. Didn't change the taste one bit, but suddenly everyone was spitting them out, making faces. Blue is Wrong.

    I *love* that it's blue.

    Oh, but your grass jelly link scared the f!@&£$* out of me. Looks just a little bit too much like Centuy Egg to me, and part of me is still screaming uncontrollably after *that* experience.

    ReplyDelete