Oct 24, 2008

Cauliflower Soup

Filed under: Lunch,soups,Recipes,soup — Tags: , , , , , , — Kay @ 3:38 pm

The weather is terrible here. So much rain, everything so gray it’s almost depressing. Almost, I said, because there’s just no better way to spend a rainy, gloomy day than being cooped up inside my little kitchen, cooking up a storm. Ok, so maybe curled up in a warm bed with lots of sleazy magazines to read and cookies to eat, but I kinda forgot what that was like ever since my son was born.

Been watching my diet a little. Don’t tell me you don’t recognise those ‘last’ 10 pounds, that somehow seem magically stuck to your thighs forever, no matter how hard you try to get rid of them? Oh, come on now! So with those thighs in mind, I decided to go for a nice cauliflower (and mixed vegetables) soup.

The perfect lunch on a dreary day. It’s hearty, it’s warm, it’s just a comfort vitamin bomb on days like these.


2 cups chicken broth
medium cauliflower
medium carrot
2 garlic cloves
1 large onion
1/2 cup corn
1 cup milk
1 tsp salt

Optional: cheese


The chosen few! Come on, guys, let’s party! Sorry, I get carried away sometimes. ‘Prettig gestoord’, they call it here, which translates to ‘pleasantly disturbed’.

Peel and chop the carrot. The carrot will add a little natural sweetness and a slight hint of color to the soup. Not pumpkin orange, though. I quite honestly can’t stand to see another pumpkin puree, soup or muffin. Everyone cooks with pumpkin it seems!

Coarsely chop your onion.

Also grab about half a cup of corn. Pretty yellow carbs.

Cut the cauliflower into florets. I like to be a little aggressive about it and just yank it into bits and pieces. Anger management issues, I guess.

Last but definitely not least, grate or chop the garlic.

Grab yourself a nice big soup pot. Sure, you can use your fancy Le Creuset, just don’t tell me about it or I might get jealous. Remember what I did to the cauliflower? Precisely!

Pour 1 tbsp oil in a pot and sautee the onions. Add the carrots, give it a good stir and cook for a minute. Add the corn and garlic, cook for an additional minute and plunge in the cauliflower florets.

Add a good pinch of nutmeg and pepper. I can’t stretch this enough, fresh grated nutmeg makes all the difference!

Now the next step solely depends on how you like your soup. I like a thick soup, so I’ve added 1 cup of milk. If you like a thinner soup, add an additional cup. Middle ground would be 1 1/2 cup. Yes, I can do the math :)

Pour in the chicken broth.

Now you can season afterwards, but I threw in a tsp salt at this point. I like living on the edge.

Bring everything to a boil and let it simmer for roughly 20 to 25 minutes. Until the vegetables are soft.

There’s my buddy! With my huge predilection for creamy soups, I can’t live without this rod mixer. Of course you can also use your blender or food processor. Puree the soup and check the seasoning. Now If you’re blessed with a size 0, consider adding a good hand of sharp cheddar or any other good cheese! You’ll thank me later!

Now really, these kind of soups just need a little sour cream. Don’t deny yourself that! Garnish with some chives, a little parsley and some freshly cracked black pepper.

How about a little sunshine in a soup bowl!?!

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    1. 1

      Very beautiful and healthy soup. I like being pleasantly disturbed too. Your rains will bring those lovely spring tulips!

      RobinSue on Oct 24, 2008 @ 4:15 pm Reply
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      Add a good handful of blue cheese and I’ll eat it. :o)

      Karohemd on Oct 24, 2008 @ 5:37 pm Reply
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      Shame on you, you are not helping the dieting Dutch girl :)

      Kay on Oct 24, 2008 @ 5:41 pm Reply
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      It’s gonna be a loooong winter before those tulips arrive! Lotsa soup in the mean time :)

      Kay on Oct 24, 2008 @ 5:46 pm Reply
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      Hi, it’s my first time here, and I really like your blog and your photographs are beautiful!
      The soup sounds very comforting indeed. Perfect for the gloomy weather.

      Elra on Oct 25, 2008 @ 5:57 am Reply
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      That’s making me drool. I’ll have to try this for a nice Sunday evening dinner tomorrow. (or is it later today?)

      Trixie on Oct 26, 2008 @ 7:27 am Reply
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      Daylight savings here, Trixie .. it’s actually an hour earlier.

      Kay on Oct 26, 2008 @ 1:52 pm Reply
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      So THAT’s where I’ve been going wrong with my cauliflower soups… I’m missing the milk. Thanks Kay. ;-)

      Stefan on Oct 26, 2008 @ 2:34 pm Reply
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      That looks delicious! What a great way to eat cauliflower (not my favorite). I am in the market for one of those stick blenders this christmas.

      Katie on Oct 26, 2008 @ 5:34 pm Reply
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      Katie, you’re going to love the blender. If I’d have to choose between a kitchen aid and my E17 rod blender, I’d go for the rod blender.

      Kay on Oct 26, 2008 @ 9:55 pm Reply
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      I friggin’ hate those ‘last’ 10 pounds. Trying to lose them as I speak.

      Cauliflower is such a wonderful weight loss food, right? So creamy but so goood. :)

      robin @ caviar and codfish on Oct 27, 2008 @ 10:41 pm Reply
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      I should’ve said ‘eternal 10 pounds’ :)

      Kay on Oct 27, 2008 @ 11:05 pm Reply
    13. 13

      Just discovered your blog – it’s beautiful. Going to try this soon – looks so good.

      Heidi A on Oct 28, 2008 @ 7:27 pm Reply
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      I made this yesterday; it was terrific. I left off the cheese and sour cream, but included a bit of celery with the vegetables, and it was yummy! Plus I get to tell myself it was healthy…nevermind the giant hunk of crusty bread I had with it. Thank you again!

      Calypso on Nov 16, 2008 @ 1:04 pm Reply
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      Hello there “Dutch Girl” :)
      love your blog, fantastic food photos and your son is adorable!
      tried some of the receipies, came out great!!
      Any more of the healthy breakfast ideas for the kiddos?

      warm regards –

      Yolita on Jan 30, 2009 @ 8:47 pm Reply
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      Hi Dutch Girl
      Your website is awesome, I just can’t get enough of it….I have been trying the receipes out…..love them all and the photographs are too scrumptious!!
      Keep cooking and sharing!!

      travelpants09 on Feb 20, 2009 @ 3:37 am Reply
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      Hot looking website, also in browser Voyager displayed your web site correctly. That is not a classical situation, respected work!

      dennis hartman on Oct 29, 2009 @ 1:38 am Reply
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      It was funny to read.

      Hilary on Dec 4, 2009 @ 11:52 pm Reply
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      Hi Kay , Love your site!!!
      I came across Kayotic Kitchen by accident yesterday when googling for a cauliflower soup recipe. It was a cold day in the Netherlands and your recipe just leapt out at me. As usual, I had to adapt the recipe as I didn’t have a carrot (used butternut squash) and had just run out of milk (added more stock and a drizzle of single cream at the end instead). DELICIOUS! Non-calorific and satisfying too. Unfortunately I have more than 10lbs  to shift so look forward to eating this soup again very soon!

      Celia on Feb 2, 2011 @ 1:58 pm Reply

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