This morning, I still had a little sniffle. This evening, I’m feeling almost 100% better. Certainly better enough to make a tasty dinner for me and my recovering roommate. Yes, while I had my bad cold, she had tonsillitis. (I’ve never appreciated having a cold so much.) Thanks to a healthy dose of penicillin for her and lots of sleep for both of us, we’re up and moving again and thrilled to be rejoining the world of the living. We’re also happy to be eating non-sick-people foods. I figured we were both in need of some nice healthy veggie vitamins, so I whipped up a batch of my new favorite soup discovery, Paul Bertoli’s Cauliflower Soup, from Food52. Its bizarrely simple, but Mr. Bertoli worked at Chez Panisse. Since Chez Panisse is one of the most famous restaurants in the United States, I was willing to go out on a limb to trust him. At least it would be significantly cheaper than actually eating at Chez Panisse, where a three-course meal for one without wine starts at $60.
The first time I made it, my other roommate and I were practically licking the bowl clean. I’m not sure why it tastes so good. There’s no butter or cream, or cheese, or other creamy-cheese like things in it that typically make a soup so good that you want to drown yourself in it. No, all it consists of is cauliflower, onion, olive oil, salt, pepper, and water. WATER. Not fancy homemade chicken broth or something. Just water. Seriously, people, this stuff is magical.
Some notes, though- The recipe claims to serve 8. I suppose if this were a first course in a fancy Chez Panisse multi-course spectacle, yeah, it would serve 8. If all you’re eating is the soup with a large hunk of hearty bread, I’d say it would serve four. I think a grilled cheese sandwich and some apple slices would go wonderfully with this to make a for a perfect wintery lunch.
Another note: Do FOLLOW THE RECIPE EXACTLY. It has some weird instructions, but just go with it. Trust him, and you’ll be rewarded. Oh, and do make an effort to find the freshest cauliflower you can.
Lacking grilled cheese but still needing a little something-something to give us some protein, I made peanut butter hummus. Yes, peanut butter. Not traditional, but very yummy none the less, and I didn’t exactly have tahini on hand. I also wouldn’t recommend it as a combo with the soup, (they both have similar textures,) but it was still a good recipe and my roommate and I are looking forward to having leftovers in a sandwich tomorrow for lunch. If you’ve never made hummus before, you should try it. You should try both of them. They’re both healthy, cheap, easy, and delicious. Win win win.
Bon Appetite! Good eating and health to you all!