It started to snow again last night, big fat ones, so big they struggled to float down to the ground. The news reported that Norfolk was experiencing some of the biggest snowflakes ever recorded. Like a benign apocalypse.
In such cases what else is there to do … make soup – natch! Warming, comforting, aromatic and with a delightfully alcoholic pungency.
It’s up to you if you want to add the alcohol, but I like that unique flavour.
This soup is begging for a good flavoured bread and I suggest you make a cheeky loaf to go with it, try
it is well worth it.
Creamy, Dreamy Onion Soup
1 kg / 2 lb Red Onions
2 large carrots
2 stalks of celery
2 tbsp olive oil
4 tsp dried parsley
3 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp cornflour
1 lt / 2 pts soya milk (or rice, oat, even almond milk – scrummy)
1lt / 2 pts vegetable stock ( from a good Vegan source I like Marigold) or water
125 ml / 4 fl oz Vermouth or cider, or White wine at a push.
Peel the carrots and chop into even sized chunks.
Wash and cut up the celery.
Peel the onions and cut into even sized chunks, I say cut them in half though their belly (like where a belt would sit) then cut then into quarters (2 cuts) from top to bottom.
Peel the garlic and cut into 4 pieces.
Heat the oil in a large pan and add in the carrots, celery and onions and let them start to cook to the point where they are just starting to colour up (good flavour on it’s way!) Add the garlic.
Add in the milk and stock, keeping a teacupful of the milk to one side.
Add the parsley and the alcohol you want to use and bring the mix up to the boil.
(Seriously- could this be easier?)
Let it cook for 25 – 30 minutes. You want the carrots cooked until very soft.
Mix the remaining milk with the cornflour to a smooth paste. Add it to the soup whilst it boils and you stir. It will thicken up nicely.
Now you can use an immersion blender (which I prefer) or you can liquidize the soup in batches or pass it through a Moulie.
Return to the pan and warm through. Don’t worry if it seems a lot, you will easily eat it all
Come and see me on Saturdays’ at Bermondsey Square Farmers Market in Southwark. It’s just off Tower Bridge Road, a short walk from The White Cube, Southbank and Borough Market.
All new customers will get a lovely washable cotton shopper as a ‘Thank you and please come again next week’ (Whie stocks last!)
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