Recently I bough the biggest head of cauliflower I have ever seen. So I knew I would be using it to make a giant pot of Pepin’s Cauliflower Soup, with curry. I decided to make it last night, and since it was Saturday, I had plenty of time during the day to make fresh bread dough for some boule.
The bread I make comes from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, and even though it definitely takes more than five minutes, it doesn’t require a huge time commitment. I mixed the dough early in the day and let it rise. Late in the day I put it in the refrigerator for about an hour and then took it out when I preheated the oven, pizza stone, and steam pan. The boule rested on a pizza peel while the oven heated up for 20 minutes. Then the bread baked for 30 minutes. While it cooled, I made the soup.
I’ve made this soup several times and I’m not sure exactly what went wrong this time, but it came out a little on the thin side. I did add extra water because there was so much cauliflower, but now I’m thinking that was my mistake. Also, I think I should have increased the amount of flour and curry mixture. When I make the leftovers, I will probably do that and also add some potatoes.
The recipe I follow comes from Essential Pepin, a cookbook that is really easy to follow but I’ve only made a few recipes so far.
For the curried cauliflower soup, you’ll be sauteeing a large-ish chopped onion on medium-high heat, then adding 2 tbs flour mixed with 1 tbs curry (I choose from among the curry mixes I’ve made from 660 Curries), stirring that together really well, then adding 2 cups vegetable stock (Pepin uses chicken) and 2 cups water. Let it come to a boil, then add the chopped cauliflower. Bring it back to a boil, cover, turn the heat down and simmer for 30 minutes or so. When the cauliflower is tender, turn off the heat. Run the soup through a food processor or blender and return to the pot. Re-warm the soup while stirring a cup of heavy cream into the soup. Garnish with parsley and EAT.
Like I said above, this soup came from a particularly huge head of cauliflower. Of course size doesn’t matter to Manny, all he cares about is that it is there. And how could I not “accidentally” knock some on the floor?