Thursday, January 30, 2014

From the box to the pot to the bowl...

Recently we subscribed to a CSA (community-supported agriculture) service, one that delivers to our door a box of organically grown vegetables in the wee hours of the morning, in our case every two weeks. This morning I opened the front door to find the second box sitting on the step, full of my favorite kind of goodies. I spent a while thinking about which things to use immediately and which to put away in the fridge - also I had to browse recipes for beech mushrooms, which I found are too bitter to eat raw, and for radishes, which I didn't feel like eating raw.

The two big bunches of broccoli immediately suggested a cream soup, so I worked on that while munching the sweetest Nantes carrots and washing some spinach leaves, which Mr. Glad put into his sandwich at lunchtime. After I poured the soup into a bowl I wanted to sprinkle a few chives on top, so I visited my huge clump next to the patio only to find that they had disappeared in the hard winter we had, and only a few short scapes (I just learned this name for the stems) were venturing forth at so far. I sprinkled some nutmeg instead.

The ingredients in this batch were: broccoli, onions, garlic, butter, chicken broth, black pepper, nutmeg, salt and cream. When the vegetables were tender I put almost everything into the blender, but I kept back some soft chunks for texture. After taking the picture, I ate the bowl of soup, and I'll likely have another tonight for dinner. It might be my favorite way to eat broccoli.


9 comments:

elizabeth said...

how lovely! looks yummy!

M.K. said...

That sounds so fresh, healthy, and delicious!

Farm Girl said...

What a nice surprise to see lovely produce on your doorstep. Your soup is lovely, I made some the other night and it was such a treat. I don't know why I don't make it more. I do hope you got a bit of rain today.
We got just a smidgeon. It is still nice.

Lisa Richards said...

Must learn to make soup from scratch! I'm working on adding lots of veggies and fruits to my diet and getting rid of artificial stuff. I still cheat, but it's so much better than how I used to eat! Yummy looking soup!

Gumbo Lily said...

I love broccoli soup. I like it roasted too. I didn't know chives stems are called scapes. Fun to know.

wayside wanderer said...

Oh, that looks very tasty and we are having the perfect weather for it. I love the idea of the box arriving on your door step. We have a Bountiful Basket thing that meets at the local school on Saturday mornings but it doesn't really fit with my weekend schedule at this point. Maybe some day. Do share more!

Heather said...

I just love soups from scratch. No recipe really needed, just a few fresh ingredients transformed into something scrumptious!

Left-Handed Housewife said...

That soup looks and sounds wonderful. If only you could transmit how it smells over your blog!

xofrances

Martha said...

I tend to add a pinch of nutmeg to a lot of things...homemade macaroni and cheese. ♥ The creamy broccoli soup sounds scrumptious.