Oriental Broccoli and Celery
They say that Broccoli is a very healthy vegetable to eat,
as is Celery, and it is well know that carrots help you see
in the dark but who cares about all that. Combining all three
makes a great tasting soup.
I have called this soup Oriental (Broccoli and Celery Soup)
because I have used Chinese Five Spice to create what I regard
as an Oriental flavour but you could add something entirely
different to create your own soup. For example Italian Seasoning
and then swap the Parsley for Basil.
Soup making is great fun as it does not take any special
skill, nor sophisticated cooking methods, so anyone can do
it, and what is more at the end you have a great tasting starter
or light meal.
6 Garlic Cloves
4 Vegetable stock cubes
3 tsps (heaped) Chinese Five Spice
Salt to taste
Freshly ground Black Pepper
Bunch of fresh Parsley
make the soup I use an 8 pint pan.
celery into pieces and add to your pan.
and chop your carrots. Add to the pan.
the florets from the main Broccoli stem. Add to the pan.
and finely chop the garlic cloves. Add to the pan.
water to your pan to bring the level to one inch from the
top. Bring to the boil and then leave to simmer for about
three of vegetable stock cubes (I prefer Knorr). Once dissolved
decide whether to add the fourth stock cube.
and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
the Chinese Five Spice and simmer for a further 10 minutes.
all the carrots.
chop your Parsley (plenty of it) and add to pan. Continue
to simmer for a further two or three minutes and then remove
from the heat.
your soup either in a liquidiser (will need to do in batches)
or with a hand-held liquidiser so that a smooth consistency
Serve immediately or leave to cool and store in the fridge
and reheat as required. If not using all at once only reheat
the amount you need each time and not the whole pan of soup.
Making anything like this does not require you to use
precise amounts so do not worry too much about weighing or
the size of the ingredients.
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