June 22, 2011

Winter flavours - Cauliflower and fennel soup


Winter is a wonderful thing. I just love this time of the year, especially when we get those clear, brisk days when there is not a single cloud in the sky, but a cool wind reminding us that it really is winter. On days like this there is nothing better than wrapping cold hands around a warm cup of tea or a big bowl of soup and there are plenty of earthy vegetables in season for us to enjoy. 

This cauliflower and fennel soup is thick and velvety, just the way I like my soups. The aniseed flavour of fennel pairs lovely with the cauliflower and I've kept the seasoning simple to bring out the flavours of the vegetables. There is nothing fiddly about this soup -  just add all ingredients in a giant French oven and let simmer until tender. Then blend into a smooth soup and enjoy with crusty bread.  Perfect! 

Cauliflower and fennel soup

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 brown onion, sliced
1 clove of garlic
1 sprig of rosemary
1 medium sized cauliflower, cut into florets
1 fennel bulb, sliced
1 litre vegetable stock
freshly ground black pepper
(pinch of salt) 

1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan or French oven. Add the onion, garlic and rosemary and sauté for a few minutes.

2. Add in the cauliflower florets, fennel and vegetable stock and bring to boil. Let simmer for 20-30 minutes or until all vegetables are fully tender. 

3. Purée the soup with in a blender and season with freshly ground black pepper and a pinch of salt if needed.

40 comments:

  1. OMGoodness! This is exactly how simple my cauliflower soups are. So delicious and comforting too. Love the produce photo!

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  2. Sounds like a bowl of comfort & a new combination for me. And loving your photos too.

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  3. Beautiful. The soup looks so soothing and velvety. I love the rustic quality of the tray and fabric here.

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  4. love all your props today, so gorgeous.

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  5. My favourite vegies (especially the fennel). This screams "comfort" on this less then warm evenings.

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  6. A fantastic and wonderfully silky soup! Those are two of my favorite veggies.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  7. That does looks lusciously thick and creamy - so good for a cold day!

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  8. I LOVE simple vegetable soups! It's really amazing how sometimes just different combinations of vegetables result in some delicious flavors... I too like to keep my soups simple!

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  9. My heart is warming just imagining the flavour!

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  10. Thank you so much for leaving a comment on my blog- finding yours in return has been wonderful. Stunning photography, really beautiful. Also another bonus to find another Sydneysider. I'll have to go through your archives, and find all your Finnish bread recipes!

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  11. you, mi friend of the other world, make me desire a warm and comfort soup even though I'm wearing my flip-flops and craving for the sea in the very same time! :)
    Gorgeous and warm shots as usual!

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  12. That looks like a fine soup! Even in mid summer, on a chilly damp English night it would be very welcome, like Brydie I must investigate your bread recipes, I tried making a bread with piima once, which was very delicious!

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  13. I am yet to make soup with cauliflower. Now may be the time to try given the chill that is in the air.

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  14. I love your props! You do so well with setting things up to make the most out of what you are cooking and photographing! Wish you could take my pics for me! LOL! This soup looks and sounds delicious!

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  15. Looks delicious Maria. I just made a soup that had cauliflower and butternut squash cooked together. Yours looks wonderful and some winter weather sounds so good down here in the hot south.

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  16. Perfect, indeed! I can't think of anything better on a cold winter day than a creamy soup with lots of veggies in it, and yours looks most delicious. The thought of winter is a bit strange though as it's 32C right now...

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  17. yummy love the first shot :) though I will admit I dont even want to think about fall and winter :P

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  18. What a wonderful, hearty soup! Gorgeous pics!

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  19. Such creamy and healthy soup, must have been very refreshing indeed!

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  20. Strange to read about your winterdays.. But even so, I would love to try this soup out! I´ll make a Raw version and tell you about it! Love

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  21. Simple and easy- perfect anytime of year!

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  22. What a lovely "white" soup! Creamy soup is perfect for winter - while here in the US, I am making clear soup with cauliflower to tide through summer.

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  23. It looks wonderfully thick and tasty - just how I like my soups :)

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  24. What a delicious and comforting soup! I'm not a fan of fennel, but this sounds pretty dang amazing!

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  25. The soup looks perfect, thick and creamy and just the way I like it. Your photos are fantastic

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  26. So creamy and comforting! Will definitely make this one :)

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  27. Your photos make even a simple soup look extraordinary!

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  28. Maria, I love before and after pictures! Very creative shots! I'm keeping this for cold days. I'm very sure I will love this. Actually can't wait to try but it's kind of hot these days for soup. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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  29. Gorgeous soup! Mmmm looks so delicate and creamy...Tasty-tasty :)

    Hugs,

    Aldy.

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  30. I have never tried fennel in soups...love your winter flavours.

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  31. Love your veggie box and cauliflower makes a lovely soup!

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  32. Maria, I am really tempted to proclaim you the Healthy Soup Queen... I have bookmarked quite a number of your soup recipes. Will definitely make one soon!

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  33. Velvety soups are definitely necessary if one wishes to get through winter alive! This sounds addictively delicious!

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  34. Hello. What a wonderful Wintery soup. I can only imagine how perfect the fennel would go with cauliflower. I will definitely try this one as well.

    Wasn't today the perfect Winter's day!!? If you can even call it 'Winter' because it was so warm!
    I did Bondi to Bronte this morning and ended up spending three hours out there on the cliffs. So many whales swam past today and I had such a meditative and beautiful time in the sun. Heaven!

    x Charlotta

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  35. I love the smooth, creamy texture of pureed cauliflower. This soup sounds like perfection!

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  36. Love the picture of veggies.I cant wait for winters to make all these beautiful soups that you are sharing.Looks yum

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  37. This is one of my fav winter soup. Love the first picture .. you made cauliflower a star :)

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  38. I really like it. I think it would have a nice savory taste n a fabulous creamy texture!
    US Masala

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  39. What a wonderfully simple recipe! My mum makes amazing roasted fennel in winter, but I haven't had it since I moved out a year ago. I might have to try this as a nod to the past :)

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