When I have people over for dinner in the Winter, I pretty much always start with a beautiful bowl of soup. I have to admit, when I love a movie or a song, I have been known to play it over and over again until it also makes me insane. Come on, if it aint broke don’t fix it! I feel like that about this cauliflower soup. However, so often in college I would play an album over and over again while I was studying, only to find that tune replaying in my head like Chinese water torture, distracting me during a much dreaded exam. I could then never play the album again, as it had so unfortunately attached itself to one of my more frustrating memories. However, I promise you, that only happy memories will be associated with this soup no matter how many times you play it! We had people over for dinner the other night, and once again, I found myself singing this cauliflower soup tune again….and it was sweet!
For a simple, impressive, and downright delicious soup, you just can’t go past this creamy cauliflower blend. I have served this soup at many a dinner party, and have had many a happy diner tell me they could have kept chowing on the first course. This week was no exception. The troughs were empty and the snouts were singing. I never tell people what is in it, cause it is so much fun listening to all of the creative guesses. Parsnip? Cream? Onion? What exactly makes this creamy soup taste so good? Once again, raw nuttiness turns the simple into the sublime, and fools even the most devout cream dreamer.
I use raw cashews, raw almonds, raw macadamias or coconut milk to cream most of my soups. If you're following the Body Ecology Diet use raw blanched almonds. I will post more delicious body ecology recipes soon. The nuts are the secret player that makes a cameo that holds up the whole production without showing off. I think the secret to this soup’s unforgettable melody is the harmony created with the cauliflower. It is just a match made in heaven, that I have brought into other kitchen musicals with return seasons.
My mum clipped a cream of cauliflower soup from a magazine about 10 years ago, and this gluten free, dairy free remount just might have a longer season than the original production. Just make sure you puree the nuts really well, and try to use a high speed blender (like a Vitamix) to achieve the most creamy, airy consistency. I have had friends tell me their production did not run so smoothly.
This soup stands alone as a fantastic family dinner with a ball of grain or a piece of gluten free bread on a cold Winter’s night. But I think it is special, and so I always make it to share. After all, the best music is made making memories with friends. Give this soup an opening night at your kitchen, and let this cauliflower bloom! This soup is so easy and absolutely phenomenal! It is gluten free, dairy free, egg free, soy free and not to be missed. Trust me, if you are looking for blendsational soup recipes this one is a stunner!
**If you want this soup to taste exactly like mine, the vegetable stock/broth that you use is important. Not all stocks were created equal. They really do vary in quality and taste. I always use Massel vegetable stock, which I believe is superior in quality and flavour. Massel stocks are vegan, gluten free, lactose free, kosher and free of MSG. When I don't make my own home made stock (I really do need to post that recipe) I always use Massel stocks. I actually prefer to use the stock cubes so I can control the strength. I use 1 stock cube for every 2 cups of filtered water.