Happy holidays! I can't believe it's the week of Thanksgiving already! Where has the year gone? I am not complaining because I absolutely love the holiday season. I really enjoy entertaining, cooking for friends and family, and celebrating all of the wonderful things I am thankful for with loved ones. It is a really special time.
This year, Scott's parents and his best friend Richard have flown down from Sacramento to spend the week with us. We have a lot of cooking and eating planned! Except on thanksgiving! Ha! We don't cook at home on that day. We have a tradition where we all cook and feed the homeless with our dear friends in Santa Monica, then we all enjoy an early dinner at The Ivy, and then come home for cocktails and dessert.
The cooking occurs on all of the days around thanksgiving and well into Christmas. On December 18th (yes I am counting the days) I turn in the manuscript for my next book which will be released in January 2017, and pick up my parents from the airport. They are staying with us for 5 weeks! Yipppeee! We will all head up to Sacramento to spend Christmas with Scott's parents. We're also going to tour around Napa, drink some lovely wine, then we're all going to Mexico for a much needed family vacation! I cannot wait.
In the meantime I am cooking up a storm and creating some awesome holiday recipes for our holiday parties. I always start winter meals with a bowl of soup, and this simple cream of broccoli soup is on the menu for this year! This hearty green soup is quick and easy (you can throw it together in less than 30 minutes), and it is absolutely delicious.
When making plant based soups the broth you use is critical. Because you're not using chicken broth or meat to hit that umami note, you need a broth that has incredible flavor, but not an overbearing taste that overpowers that natural character of the vegetables. In a perfect world we would make our own broth, but most of us don't have the time. So, convenience products come in really handy when you need to get a quick healthy meal on the table in a limited amount of time.
There are a lot of commercial vegetable broths on the market. But, most of them either taste bland and revolting, are over-salted and have too many additives, or could be mistaken for MSG-assisted swill. Thank goodness for the amazing Massel vegetable broth. I grew up using Massel (like most families in Australia), and would never use anything else. I have been using Massel stock cubes and broth for over 35 years, and I still haven't found any other commercial product that comes anywhere close to the depth of flavor and purity of the Massel products.
The Massel broth is so incredible, they dominate over 70% of the market in Australia. I don't know an Aussie family that doesn't have their product in their pantry. It's almost a national treasure like Vegemite! But, unlike Vegemite, Massel is still Australian owned, and still a family owned company. I love that.
I am so delighted that Massel products (bouillon cubes and liquid broth) is now available in the United States. And it is taking the country by storm! I literally did a cartwheel in the grocery store aisle when I found it at my local Gelsons! I am so relieved that I no longer have to cart boxes of bouillon cubes back in my suitcase and now have more room for my clothes! Use the store locator to find out where you can get Massel in your local area.
Everybody I give the broth to completely freaks out when they taste it, agreeing with me that it is the best broth they have ever tried. It is so good you can literally drink it like tea! And the best part? It is inexpensive, tastes phenomenal, and is gluten-free, vegan (dairy-free and egg-free), preservative free, kosher, no trans fats, GMO-free, no added MSG, low carb, and salt reduced. This broth is made with all natural ingredients, and you can buy broth in the form that you like, too.
You can get Massel broth in concentrated liquid stock, bouillon cubes, handy travel 7's cubes, and all-purpose bouillon powder and seasoning. You can get Massel broth in three flavors - vegetable, chicken, and beef, and they are all vegan! The chicken broth literally tastes like it's made with chicken fat, but it is not! Sooooo good!
People always write to me telling me how amazing my soups are. I do love creating soup, but the secret to why they taste great is really the Massel broth! I am so proud to be the new ambassador for Massel, and I am thrilled to be sharing this incredible product with American families, so that they, too, can enjoy the incredible results like all of us Aussies!
I use Massel broth in all of my soups. But, I also use it to add flavor to salad dressings, sauces, gravies, marinades, stews, dips, vegetable purees, dips, roasted vegetables, and so much more. I have even used it in savory smoothies!
But, back to this soup! This brilliant broccoli bowl tastes like it's got gobs of cream in it, but the velvety texture comes from the alchemy created between the cauliflower and blanched almonds or cashews. Oh, the amazing results you can get in your blender!
This soup is sensational, and freezes really well. Enjoy.
Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy a delicious meal with your family and friends, and that the holidays bring you joy.
Disclaimer: I am an ambassador for Massel. But, my opinions are my own.