Saturday, July 6, 2013

Rustic Celery Soup

The rain has finally stopped but the soups keep coming! They have been really easy to make since I was given a pressure cooker for my birthday. Initially I was very skeptical about having a pressure cooker as I would hear stories from people about how "we had one twenty years ago and it exploded all over the ceiling" and other similarly terrifying stories. Well that was twenty years ago and the makers of the pressure cookers have since come up with all sorts of safety features to prevent your dinner ending up on the ceiling or in your face! Admittedly, I still look away whenever I adjust the valves but I am gaining confidence the more I use it. 

Bryce’s dad came to visit for a night and brought with him a care package from Bryce’s mum. It contained all sorts of yummy goodies, including a giant head of celery. Sometimes when Bryce asks what we are having for dinner, there are days like this when I give him some vague answer, as I really don’t know what it will actually turn out to be! I initially set out to make a cream of celery soup, but as with the Thai pumpkin soup, I didn’t have a blender to cream it, so this is what we ended up with and it was delicious!

Hot & Steamy!
Rustic celery soup

1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, diced
1 large head celery, sliced and diced
6 small red potatoes, cubed
250 g/1 package frozen spinach, thawed*
2 cups almond milk (any milk can substitute)
1 cup water
1 tsp ground Nutmeg
1 tbsp each dried Rosemary, Basil, Oregano & Parsley*
1 tbsp Chili flakes or to taste
Salt & pepper, to season

*You can definitely use fresh spinach and herbs instead but it you do use frozen spinach, it doesn't need to be thawed. It will just change the cooking time. Since we don't have a freezer, ours is already thawed!

  1. Sautee onion in oil at medium-low temp until translucent. Add garlic, cook for 1 min. Add celery, cook for 5 min.
  2. Add potatoes, spinach, milk, water and spices. I used my pressure cooker at 12 psi for 12 minutes, then removed the lid and simmered it for ~5 minutes to allow some of the extra water to evaporate.  Alternatively, it could be cooked covered in a regular pot for 30-60 minutes (estimated), until the desired consistency is achieved.
  3. Serve with freshly ground pepper and crusty bread.


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