Monday, November 7, 2011

feeding the soul #1

Cracks in the strata reveal intense color
Blushing bride, peach pie, rainbow sherbet 

Next century years slip
Memories stacked neatly in pillars 
Remains what once existed

Chilled dense moisture
A dewy afternoon
Shaken leaves 
Slowly revealing grey's gloom

Upon us gloaming hours 
Seek them not out 
Postponement is our folly 

Run home 
Warm your soul
Time is past
home no longer what it once was

When our safest childhood home is no longer in existence, we need to make home; wherever, we lay down roots. Once there, embrace your digs and fill it with the things that warm your soul. That said, there is nothing better than homemade soup on a chilly day. As an offering, here is the recipe of my very  favorite cauliflower soup. I have altered and changed it over the years and I think it is just about perfect. Enjoy :)

Well Fed Neighbor Market
Right now, the Well Fed Neighbor Market has an abundance of gorgeous cauliflower and broccoli for sale. I purchased a five pound head last Friday. The best part, it was picked Friday morning.  Never have I ever tasted cauliflower more delicious or fresh than this one. We made a scrumptious creamy cauliflower soup. Here is the recipe.

3 T olive oil
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
6 cloves of garlic, minced
2 - 4  stalks of celery, chopped
1 cauliflower head, cored and coarsely chopped
1/2 t sea salt
1 t curry powder
1/8 t of black pepper, freshly milled
1 t dried thyme
1 t dried basil
1 t dried savory or marjoram (I use ground marjoram)
6 to 8 cups of vegetable broth or chicken broth. 


In a heavy soup pot heat olive oil. Add onions and celery, cook until tender. Add Garlic, cauliflower and all dried herbs and spices mix together.  Heat thoroughly, stirring for about five minutes allowing all the flavors to meld with vegetables. 

Add the stock, use enough to more than cover the contents by 2 to 3 inches. This will depend on how large your cauliflower is.  Bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until cauliflower is completely tender. Remove cover and puree using an immersion blender. 

If you don't have an immersion blender, let the soup cool and blend in increments carefully using a regular blender. Reheat and serve with a nice crusty bread. Enjoy!

T = Tablespoon and t = teaspoon


M. A. S. said...

I love the rainbow sherbert and the memories stacked neatly in pillars.

Also, I've never even imagine cauliflower soup. But I would definitely try it.

Kristen Haskell said...

The soup is amazing. I hope you like it.

Tumblewords: said...

Delightfully thoughtful poem and soup that must be delicious! Thanks!

The Orange Tree said...


Jinksy said...

Another way to feed the soul...♥

Tess Kincaid said...

Evocative write...the soup sounds yummy...

Margaret said...

...memories stacked neatly in pillars

Perfect! And I do love cauliflower. Thanks

Celestial Dreamz said...

such a delicious thought provoking write ... just loved it :)

JessPoetics said...

:) wonderful

~T~ said...

Nice poem! I'm not a cauliflower fan, but curry powder and herbs might make it work.

Carrie Burtt said...

Delicious to the soul....:-)

The Gooseberry Garden said...

delicious imagery.

The Gooseberry Garden said...

delicious imagery.