Cauliflower is nothing but a cabbage with a college education – Mark Twain
Over the last weeks, I’ve watched as one-by-one my friends at work succumbed to illness, and then joined them myself this week. While it hasn’t been pleasant, it did lead me to making a roasted cauliflower soup, which was so simple and delicious I just had to share it.
In the southern hemisphere, cauliflower is in abundance at the markets at the moment (thanks Shelley for growing mine!) so now’s a good time to experiment with it – I find cauliflower is great in coconut curries and a wonderful, creamy addition to dahl.
According to the Whole Foods Companion by Dianne Onstad, cauliflower originated in Cypress and was introduced into Europe during the 12th century by the Arabs during their occupation of Spain. It’s part of the cabbage family, along with broccoli, and is a great source of boron (great for bone ailments as it helps the body assimilate calcium), folate, potassium and fibre; is highish in sulphur (so not great if you suffer from indigestion*); and has anticarcinogenic and antioxidant properties.
*adding cumin, ground coriander or tarragon when cooking cauliflower can help to prevent indigestion
roasted cauliflower soup**
2 small onions or 1 large, finely diced
2 large potatoes – I used Dutch cream – cut into small cubes
2-3 cloves garlic, finely diced
2 tsp dried vegetable stock or enough fresh to cover the veggies
Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat your oven to 180°C or 350°F
- Put the cauliflower florets in a baking pan, brush in olive oil and roast them until tender or slightly browned
- In a soup pot, cook your onion in olive oil until translucent then add the garlic and potato and cook for a few minutes, stirring so the potato doesn’t stick
- Pour water or stock into pot to just cover the vegetables. Add powdered stock if using
- Cook until all vegetables are tender and then blend. Add salt and pepper to taste.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I’m not sure if it was because it was my first real food in two days or the warm comfort of simple yet rich flavours. Enjoy!
**All ingredients were organic, which will give your soup more nutrients