*Bonus* Recipe #35
Monday, November 9th.
Tonight I made a sweet, warming soup with the flavors of allspice and coriander—an epitome of fall. This soup has only 5 ingredients! I just had to share it as a bonus with you all because this is an incredibly easy meal; the perfect thing for getting anyone started in their journey to eat more fruits and veggies. I wish I had started out with a simple recipe like this. The rich, goodness of this soup might just make you fall in love with plants.
* Apple and Celeriac Soup *
This soup is my first experience with celeriac—also known as celery root. I had to search up pictures because I had no idea what it even looked like! It looks very similar to a beet—round and hard, with stems sticking out the top (in this case, celery).
Peeling the celeriac was not like peeling the smooth, thin surface of a beet. The skin of this celeriac was absolutely gnarly—bumpy and hairy. I had to keep spinning it around to be able to reach all the spots. The celeriac turned out to also be very tough to cut—literally. Another exertion of brute force was required here. Cutting the apples was a walk in the park after that. Just so very nice. When you have fruits and veggies that cut smoothly and easily it's a great day in the kitchen.
One thing that is nice about this recipe—other than having 5 ingredients—is that your dicing can be completely and utterly imperfect! After everything cooks, it all gets blended together, so the size and shape of the pieces doesn't matter. You really just have to cut it decently small enough to become soft easily.
This soup is certainly not lacking in the flavor department. After a whooping 2 teaspoons of allspice and 2 teaspoons of coriander to the pot, everything smelled absolutely wonderful. Ella sure loves her spices, I would say (maybe it's a London thing?).
After combining everything in the pot, it cooks for 45 minutes. The best part? No babysitting needed! It doesn't need to be stirred at all... I mean, you can if you really want to, but why? Go do something else with this gift of time. It is most definitely not going to burn... did you see the amount of liquid in it?
I for one took this time to do some yoga, and take a shower. It was amazing to be able to take a break away from the kitchen, and let it cook undisturbed.
Those little things sprinkled on top of the soup are sunflower seeds. I added a handful per Ella's tip/suggestion. And... I got a loaf of 9 grain sourdough bread just to go with this soup! The combination of the bread dipped in the warm, aromatic soup was amazing. Definitely have a slice of toasted bread with your soup!
The consistency turned out quite thin after being blended (using a blender). Don't get a false idea—it is surprisingly filling. I didn't even finish my bowl.
Earlier, I was considering making this recipe another night and having leftover pesto pasta for dinner. Turns out, there couldn't have been anything better than some of this soup to finish off the day. The sweetness and hint of spice in each sip gave me so much comfort.
Tonight, I also tried something new with blogging. I was writing this post while eating. This was another later dinner—I sat down to eat at 8:30. I was able to eat and write sitting at the kitchen table tonight because everyone had already eaten and gone off to their own rooms and the house was quiet. How nice was that! And guess what... I finished writing this post before weary eyed exhaustion overtook me. Progress? It was 9:30 pm when I shut my computer and went upstairs to bed.
Beginners and everyone alike, try it for yourself:
Let me know what you think of it! And be warned: it is quite sweet.