I am a bad, bad browniegirl. A couple of weeks ago I promised that I would post a second recipe that I developed using the wonderful fresh produce in a hamper from ZZ2 so that I could participate in their #mouthwateringbox campaign. Well….life happened…or should I say school holidays and other stuff happened and that went onto the backburner in my mind and would have stayed there had I not been reminded by a comment from a dear friend on one of the banting groups this evening who is having a problem with eating avocados suddenly. She can’t take the texture. So I dropped her a note and made a few suggestions as to how she could maybe stomach them and suddenly I was reminded about the post that I was meant to write. Oh my! I do apologize to all my readers. It is already late at night and last night I was up into the wee hours so I have that little fist beating at the side of my left temple telling me it is way overtime to get some sleep and rest. So without further ado…..my second recipe that I developed using the ZZ2 fresh products – a delicious soup just in time for this icy cold snap that we are having. The wind is howling around the eaves as I write this and I am warm and cosy with a gas heater warming my study. My dog Tasha has hogged best spot right in front of it 😉
ROASTED KOHLRABI CAULIFLOWER AND AVOCADO SOUP
4 small Kohlrabi bulbs – leaves removed and peeled, cut into cubes
½ head of cauliflower – cut into florets
30ml Olive Oil
2.5ml Freshly Grated Nutmeg
5ml Garam Masala
1 Large ZZ2 Onion, peeled and roughly chopped
5 Sprigs Thyme – leaves stripped off
1 Bay Leaf
4 Cloves ZZ2 Non Radiated Garlic – peeled and roughly chopped
1 liter chicken stock
The heel of a piece of Parmesan Cheese *see note below*
1 ripened ZZ2 Avocado Pear – cut in half, pit removed, peeled then cut into cubes
125ml Fresh Cream
Maldon Salt and Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
Preheat the oven to 200deg Celcius
Place the cauliflower and kohlrabi cubes into an ovenproof dish and sprinkle over the spices.
Drizzle over the olive oil and place on the middle shelf in the hot oven
Roast 20 to 30 minutes until tender. Remove and set aside
To Make the Soup:
In a medium saucepan sauté the onions, bay leaf and thyme in about 2 tsp butter until they are limp and translucent
Add the garlic and sauté another minute or two
Add the roasted vegetables, the parmesan heel and chicken stock, bring to the boil, reduce heat and allow to simmer, covered, for 45 minutes. Stir occasionally with a spoon, trying to break up the parmesan heel now and again
Turn off heat and allow to cool for about 15 minutes then remove and discard the bayleaf and bits of parmesan heel left over and blitz in the saucepan with a hand held stick blender/immersion blender until the veggies are smooth. You can do this in a food processor too if you have one
Add the avocado pear (keeping about 8 cubes aside for garnishing later) and blitz again until smooth
Add the cream and stir through then force the soup through a fine mesh sieve (placed over a large jug) to make it silky smooth
Pour the soup back into the saucepan and return to a medium heat and heat through
Check for seasoning and adjust according to taste with salt and pepper
Divide soup into 4 bowls and garnish as preferred
Grill two streaky bacon rashers until crispy then set aside (finely shredded biltong is also divine)
Cut the avocado cubes into smaller neat dice
Divide the avocado dice between the 4 bowls of soup then crumble the bacon over the top
Finely chop 125ml soft ZZ2 Sundried Tomatoes
Garnish each bowl with some of the sundried tomatoes sprinkled on top then add some basil and parmesan shavings
Serve the soup with delicious crusty country bread or seed loaf slathered with butter
Don’t ever get rid of your parmigiano reggiano rinds. These rinds, which a friend told me are known as heels in Italy, add the most wonderful flavor to soups and stews. Pop them into a Ziploc baggie as you get to the end of each one and keep them in the freezer for those times when you need one to add to a soup or stew for extra flavor. Just be sure to remember to remove the heel before blitzing the soup!
And then, for all my South African readers, you still have a couple of days to enter the delicious giveaway from ZZ2. Pop over and tell them what dish YOU would create with this same box of mouthwatering ingredients (shown in the pic below). You have until Friday 10 July 2015 to head over to the ZZ2Facebook page and leave your entry as a comment on their page. All entries will go into the grand draw and the lucky winner will be the recipient of their own Mouthwatering Box, plus a nifty avocado tool PLUS a R1000 Checkers Voucher. This competition has nothing to do with browniegirlblog or myself and the lucky winner will be drawn by ZZ2 themselves.
Enjoy, and do enter into the give away. I am heading over that way tomorrow to look for your exciting ideas.
Disclaimer: I received the mouthwatering box plus a R300 Checkers Voucher from ZZ2 Farms. The words, opinions, recipe and photographs are my own.