Thursday, December 22, 2011

Creamless Cream of Broccoli Soup

Ooooooh y'all, today is Soup Santa's day off!

That means that by noon today, I have already gone to the DMV, gone to the market to get ingredients for this broccoli soup and crack dip (thanks a heap, pinterest), and gone to the MINI dealership to get a gift for my sweetie.

Oh, and I walked 3 miles.

It also means that I'm going to enjoy the perfect mimosa, the most important part of my liquid diet.

The Perfect Mimosa
it's just what the doctor ordered.

Trust me. I'm a doctor.

Step one: juice one orange. Maybe two if you have two. It's a mimosa - not nuclear fission.
Step two: open a bottle of champagne.
Step three: pour a healthy glass of champagne.
Step four: pour a splash of OJ into your glass.
Step five: pour the rest of the juice into the bottle, being VERY CAREFUL not to let it bubble over. (Ignore the OJ stain on the tablecloth)
Step six: enjoy the perfect mimosa (or 5).

And now the soup...

Creamless Cream of Broccoli Soup
lovingly adapted from Joy the Baker

2 cups raw cashews, soaked in water for one hour
1 white onion, diced
1 T olive oil
about 5 cups broccoli, steamed and chopped
1 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
fresh ground black pepper (I used lemon pepper from Trader Joe's)
3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice (squeeze of half a lime)
Splash Worcestershire sauce
about 4 cups of water

You need an immersion blender. If you don't have one, you need to get one. They are magical. Be sure to get the one that doubles as a food processor and grater. Or get one that is purple. It's just as good as a multi-purpose one.

After soaking, the cashews become softer. This makes them easier to blend later. Awesome!
Heat the oil in a soup pot. Add the onion and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon nutmeg and 1 teaspoon cumin. Stir for about another minute. Add fresh ground pepper and broccoli to the pot. Pour cashews and water, and use your handy immersion blender to blend it all together until smooth. Add splash (or several...) of Worcestershire and squeeze of lemon, and salt to taste. Heat and serve.

Enjoy, y'all.

Soup Santa.

What we learned:

It's pretty thick. Maybe you dig that. It doesn't have anything but good stuff in it, so I suppose it's fine. You could add milk (though that would be dairy... and we are not tolerant of dairy) or stock, I'm sure. 

Or just drink a mimosa already.

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