Monday, July 10, 2006

A Vegetable Interlude

Broccoli Soup

An occupational hazard that ensues from deciding to initiate and ultimately maintain a food blog, are the surplus calories that you consume as a result. I shudder to think how many calories I have consumed so far. And I shudder even more at the thought of the extra calories that I have not yet expended since the inception of this blog.

As that blogging is relatively passive act, and all you are excercising are your cerebral muscles and at best your jaw muscles; it has the potential to send you obese. Okay, maybe not this drastic, but it could go awry if no discipline is exercised on my part.

So here to counter the effects of premature aging from all the sugar and butter I have been having in the last two months is a quick and easy recipe for Broccoli Soup. It is no surprise, I obtained this recipe from Donna Hay’s cookbook, 10-Minute-Meals, as I am a big fan. I realise that having cream in the soup doesn’t make it low-fat, but this is where I draw the line. I personally do no think there is anything unhealthy about dairy products, cream included. I believe it is absolutely essential to a healthy diet. I have been eating and drinking all things dairy for as long as I can remember and this certainly has never contributed to any type of weight gain or unhealthiness. But this is just my personal opinion and it is best to leave it at that. Here is the recipe

Broccoli Soup
(serves 2)

2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
2 Sebago or any other starchy potatoes, peeled and diced
150g broccoli, cut into fairly large florets
2/3 cup single cream
sea salt and black pepper
100g broccoli, extra, chopped

Place the stock, potatoes and broccoli in a saucepan over high heat and cook covered, for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are soft. Puree the soup with a stick mixer or in a blender until smooth. Return to the saucepan and add the cream, salt and pepper and extra broccoli and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes or until the broccoli is tender. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve with crusty bread.


Tanna said...

Ah, I am here to help. You forgot all the calories we expend on the keyboard with those fast flying digits!!! Ha, Ha.
Really, I read and look at blogs and feel the hips expand with each inhalation.
Soup looks good.

Geraldine said...

This sounds delicious..Im glad you are back, hope your travels were fun and relaxing too.

I would like to feature your blog on Veggies...soon as my 'Blog of the Week' hope that would be ok with you, let me know. You have a beautiful and informative blog. Id like to share it with my readers.

Cheers, G

mae said...

JenJen, this looks mighty fine and delicious!

I hear you...

I've just acquired an ice cream machine and am fully aware of the consequences :)

jenjen said...

Tanna- if typing is included, them probably all the calories expended taking photographs should be inlcuded.
Calories or not, it is all worth it!

Geraldine- oh wow, I would be honoured to be featured in your blog. Thank you so much.

Mae- an ice cream churner is definitely on my growing list of things of things to buy!! Can't wait to see what you make with it!

lobstersquad said...

Hi. I totally agree, dairy is demonized for no good reason. And since I found out that normal full-fat yogurt is only 4% fat, I´m now pretty indignant at the mere idea of low fat yogurt.
that soup looks like the acme of healthiness to me. well done.

jules said...

great looking soup...I find it hard to take good photos of what you've done here

Veggies,Yarns & Tails said...

Hi Jen, This wouldn't go through, via your email link. Hope you and your readers enjoy my review.

Cheers, Geraldine

Helene said...

Dairy is good for your skin and bones, so there, no need to justify.
Was wondering what to do with my broccoli, thank you!

jenjen said...

I couldn't agree more with all of you, diary is great!

And I love all things dairy so much that I would never give any of it up.
If it weren't for dairy there wouldn't be gelato and what's a world without gelato? I don't even want to imagine.

Rebecca said...

I asked my family to get me 2 Donna Hay cookbooks for Mother's Day because of recommendations from bloggers. They are so beautiful, and full of great ideas, too.