Brocolli and Apple Soup
Don’t let the title of this soup put your off. I know it kind of doesn’t sound right – vegetable and fruit soup – ? – but it works. I got this idea when we went to Alpha Farm and watched Lisa cooking in her kitchen Alpha Farm Article.
Hers was a fraction better and I’m sure it was because we had picked the broccoli and apples that day from the farm, the cream used had been siphoned off the milk that her children milked that morning from the cows. All of that makes a difference.
You can make this now though at home with the next best thing, using organic produce from our network of sustainable and local farms. Broccoli is in right now and so are apples, we’ve also got cream from Mandy’s cows in as we speak so this is a great recipe to use to celebrate produce available from your local farms and the season of Autumn.
I must stress here that we used homemade chicken stock and if there is one thing that I’d encourage you to do up there in the top 10 things to provide deep nutrition in your household, it would be to get a slow cooker and keep pots of stock going. We’ve got a routine down now at home that has my slow cooker on permanently with stock going so that there is permanent supply of beef and chicken stock in the freezer. The difference that alone makes to the nutrition you get into your weekly diet, is phenomenal. I’m working on an article for you about why stock and why it is so nutritious and why the cubes in the store aren’t. Before I’m done, do yourself a favor and visit www.nourishedkitchen.com for information on making your own bone broths (same as beef stock) and chicken stock.
Anyhow, I don’t want to frighten you off and make anything sound hard, if you don’t have home-made chicken stock, use a msg free one from the store or something similar but do make this soup. Your system will do well with the blitz of nutrition from the broccoli in it! 🙂
The cream makes the broccoli part a non-issue with fussy husbands and kids because it’s just so wonderfully tasty. Use organic ingredients wherever possible so that it isn’t a pesticide soup!
Try it and let me know!
- 2 heads of broccoli – split it up roughly into florets
- 2 apples – cut into small cubes – the finer the better
- 1 onion – diced
- 2 cups of cream (use from grass-fed cows like Mandy’s so that its high in CLA and omega 3’s and antibiotic and growth hormone free which is always nice! )
- 2 -3 cups of stock – vary according to how rich you want it and how many people it’s serving – 4 is good for 2 cups, if you want a bit more to feed around 6 or left-overs for lunch – 6)
- 1 chili – finely chopped (omit if this includes little children)
- Good glug of olive oil
Gently fry the onions and chili if you include it, in olive oil for a good 10 minutes until they are soft, then add the apples, broccoli chunks and mix all together and fry for another 5 minutes
Pour in the stock and reduce heat to a gentler simmer rather than boil for no more than 10 minutes, you don’t want to cook the taste out of the broccoli!
Keep the pot on the plate but switch off the heat and add the cream, stir until it’s warm through
What you can also do now is add 1.2 cup of your favorite cheddar if you so desire or any cheese, strong cheeses work well with broccoli. You can omit this and it’s still as good too!
Have a gorgeous artisanal loaf of sourdough on the table to go with this and a bowl of knobs of Mandy’s grass fed butter and it’ll be a good meal…promise…
Enjoy the last whispers of Autumn as the prologue to winter..