Thursday, October 28, 2010

Parker's Brassica Soup

Last night, Parker announced he was making supper.  All three children are in the kitchen quite a bit.  Josie (3) loves to peel and cut vegetables, dump in ingredients, turn on the food processor, stir, etc.  Dema (6) loves to peel, cut, pour, stir, and taste, etc.  Parker (10) loves to create.  He always has and I, unfortunately, don't give him enough opportunity to do so.  He doesn't like to follow recipes when he cooks, but helps me by reading the recipes when I cook and he and Dema do the math (fractions, additions, subtractions...depending on if we doubling a recipe, etc.).  This time, he wanted to do everything and was even a tad annoyed when Josie wanted to help by peeling the garlic and the potato so I shooed the younger siblings out of the kitchen for one on one Parker cooking time.  Parker decided on each ingredient and cut it all up, but I (and later Rob joined us) was there for conversation.  It was really nice and Parker came up with a yummy soup.  He didn't measure much, but I kept track so here is the recipe as best as I can relate it.


Parker's Brassica Soup

1 Tablespoon olive oil
6 garlic cloves minced
1 medium onion chopped
1 broccoli head  chopped (include as much of the stem as you like since the entire soup is pureed at the end)
1 cauliflower head chopped
1 carrot chopped
2 medium potatoes peeled and sliced
4 cups water (you could use vegetable stock too)
1/2 cup plain non-dairy milk
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/4 cup sauteed mushrooms (we needed to saute our mushrooms to put in a dish the next day, but Parker grabbed some for his soup...it was a nice addition, but completely optional)
2 Tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon dried basil
salt and pepper to taste
sliced Kalamata olives for garnish (I had noticed Robin Robertson put sliced Kalamata olives as a garnish for her broccoli soup in 1,000 Vegan Recipes so I suggested this addition to Parker.  He wanted to add them to the soup, but Rob and I suggested he stick to the garnish.  He wants people to know the olives are optional.)
red pepper flakes (optional) Parker and I both sprinkled some on our soup, but it is optional and don't do too much
Za'tar (for garnish...we didn't use this, but all agreed it would be an excellent addition.  You could also add it with the basil)

1. In a large soup bowl, heat up the oil and saute the onions and garlic until translucent.
2. Add the broccoli, cauliflower, and carrot and cook on medium heat for five or ten minutes (add a little water if you need to)
3.  Add the water and potatoes and cook until potatoes are tender.
4.  Stir in remaining ingredients except the olives, turn off heat and puree with an immersion blender.
5.  Serve with olives in a separate bowl for people to use as garnish.

The soup was a success and we devoured it with some Pekara focaccia.  The great thing about soup is you can pretty much throw in whatever vegetables you have around and make it taste great.  I promised Parker that he will have more creative time in the kitchen.

A great movie pairing for this soup:  Wallace & Gromit:  The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

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