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Winter Warmers 

The colder weather has finally arrived here in Brisbane and many of us will be looking for food that brings us comfort and warmth. In my honest opinion there is no better comfort food than a bowl of warm soup. Easy to make but highly rewarding, soup is a perfect option for this time of year and fits easily into our busy lives.  

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Scott's Cauliflower Soup 

Serves 4-6

25g butter

1 yellow onion (coarsely chopped)

1 garlic clove (coarsely chopped)

200g potatoes (diced)

1kg cauliflower (coarsely chopped)

750ml stock (chicken or vegetable) or water

1 bay leaf 

salt, pepper, crispy bacon, Barbers cheddar, micro herbs and crusty bread to serve


Melt the butter in a large pot, and gently fry the onion, garlic and potatoes on medium heat, covered, until softened (7-8 minutes or so). 

Add cauliflower and stock or water, which should just about cover the vegetables. Add the bay leaf. Bring to boil, lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 15-20 minutes. The cauliflower and the potato should be completely soft and cooked through. 

Remove the bay leaf, and use a stick blender to puree the soup. Season with salt and pepper. 

Serve with topped with crispy bacon, Barbers cheddar, and micro herbs and with a side of crusty bread. 

Note - Blue cheese is a good replacement for the barbers cheddar for a bolder flavour. Add more water or stock if you feel that your soup is too thick, or if you want it even creamier, add a spoon or two of cream.  

Scott's Top Five Tips for Stunning Soups 

  1. Use good quality ingredients, and know where they come from. A soup is a very honest dish and you will taste bad ingredients. 
  2. Give the garnish a little bit of love. Char-grill the pumpkin or bacon and focus on the little details. Garnishes will add flavour to the soup and shouldn't be underestimated. 
  3. Keep it simple. Use combinations that work together and don't over complicate things. Soups are about no fuss, simple cooking; very little effort and huge rewards. 
  4. Don't fuss over creating or sourcing the perfect master stock for your soup. If you've used good quality ingredients, a simple stock or even water will work to enhance the flavour that your produce holds. 
  5. Season well. This little detail will bring your soup to life and give your cooking the edge. Salt and pepper is a must, but think also about micro herbs for a delicate touch and nice pop of colour. 

 

Experience our wonderful range of Winter soups at Vanilla Pod Cake & Deli Cafe

 

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