Soul Food Soup!
Creamy Cauliflower & Stilton Cheese Soup
Time for my Random Recipes entry, it has been a busy month what with romantic meals, snow and cooking challenges, but I particularly wanted to make something for “Dashing Dom” and his monthly challenge because Random Recipes is celebrating a significant date in its diary – a First Birthday. And the challenge? Well, let’s see what Dom said in his post over at Belleau Kitchen:
“… so to mark this first birthday I am going to ask you to go back one year and choose again from that first random book… for those of you who took part in that first challenge it’s pretty simple… for those who joined in later-on do exactly the same, that first book you used to enter my challenge… and for those Random Recipes Virgins out there… simply choose one of your cookbooks at random…”
I had a wee problem with going back to my first Random Recipe which was Fig Bread and Butter Pudding, as it was picked from a pile of recipe cards, no book to choose my recipe from…….so, Dom told me to use the same pile of recipe cards and randomly pick one, see photo above, which I did…….and out of the pile came a soup recipe, Easy Cauliflower Soup with Stilton served with Chilli Toasts taken from a Waitrose recipe card from December 2005. Luckily I did have some Stilton cheese and some blanched frozen cauliflower florets in the freezer, so it was soup making lift-off, and what better meal is there for a cold February day. I didn’t make the chilli toasts as I had a wonderful artisan baguette and it seemed a shame to toast it and add chillies to it, plus I was not sure about chilli with Stilton to be honest, so I just made the soup element from the card.
The day was a gloomy and overcast, and the glistening white snow of last week was now grey slush; garden duties were not as raw and mind numbingly cold but, I somehow missed the sparkling light and icicle clad trees……..a large pot of creamy soup with cheese seemed to be the perfect lunch, especially after a brisk hen-hut cleaning session. I made this soup on the wood-burning stove and as it quietly bubbled away I thought of other soup days throughout the winter – vibrant red soups, hearty bean soups, grass green leafy soups and creamy fish chowders, they really are soul food in all senses, warm and tasty as well as unctuous and hearty………and the beauty is you can have your bread and eat it.
This soup was delicious – creamy and quite cheesy without being overly rich. I did not pulse the soup completely, as I like a little texture, and I did take the serving advice on the recipe card and served each bowl with freshly ground black pepper…….I am confident that the chilli toasts would have been to fiery for the mellow flavours of the cauliflower and Stilton, but I may toast the bread with a smidgen of garlic next time. I added less stock than was called for as we like our soups on the thick side, and I would definitely keep it that way next time. Before I leave for today, I would just like to say Happy Birthday to Random Recipes and may there be many more challenges! I will see you later, with a book review or two, some baking and a super easy Fish on Friday dish too, take care and choose soup for the soul, it’s good for you! Karen