Monday, January 18, 2010

Broccoli soup with raw walnut and aged goat cheese

This soup captures the elegant rawness of broccoli just picked from the garden.  It literally can be ready in minutes.  I happened to see Gordon Ramsey prepare this soup. The garnish can be what is on hand or to your liking.  Raw walnuts I prefer for their nutrient density and with so many local artisan goat cheeses to try, it makes for a perfect light meal. When the best broccoli is within your finger tips, on a fine summer day, it needs only a simple preparation, keeping the superb quality intact.

Serve it in a lovely bowl and eat it quietly in the garden if possible.  A glass of wine...

It's important to salt the water before and after adding the broccoli and immediately covering the pot and quickly bring the pot back to boil.
4 c water
2 c broccoli florets

goat cheese
raw walnut halves
extra virgin olive oil

Boil 4 c cold salt water, add broccoli, salt again, lid on and bring back to boil and simmer to done, remove from heat and cool slightly.

With slotted spoon place broccoli in blender, add cooking water to cover, place a tea towel folded over lid and blend, scraping down sides until uniform in appearance.

Dress soup bowl with raw walnut halves, goat cheese and top with broccoli soup. Drizzle with olive oil. 

go be delicious xx


Brad said...

Yum, I've never had soup for breakfast but it sounds great.

powderate said...

Thank you Brad,

That makes pancakes for supper okay.

Cbellabell said...

Wow! I don't even like broccoli and this sounds amazing. I'm going to make it for my kids, who DO love broccoli.

powderate said...

Dear Cbellabell,

Too funny! Your waxing account of your recent restaurant experience and further interpretation of the "Menu Degustation", indeed was a good poke at pretentiousness. No doubt you'll both have further fits of laughter, combined with a yearning to do it again.

Jennie said...
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Jennie said...

I love the simplicity of this soup. Topping it with goat cheese and walnut oil is pure genius!

P.S. Sorry about the Ooops!

Thom said...

Since I love broccoli I'm going to have to try your soup. It sounds like it's easy to make and delicious. Best to you!

powderate said...

Dear Thom,

For when we want a clean fresh jazz to our day with a poke of luxury in it. Any soft decadent or semi firm cheese works.

As a BBQ king you might like my berry BBQ sauce. Will post this for you soon.

BBQ is such a handy thing for a backcountry cook and gives us a primal feeling with the peasant taste of charred foods.

Get out the BBQ. Wait it's already ready. Thank you Thom.