Sunday, 12 March 2017

Stem soup.

Eating It All: From Stalk to Leaves.
By Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
Hugh joined The River Café in London, where he worked as a sous chef.
He established the original River Cottage Headquarters near Bridport in Dorset in 2004, moving it to Park Farm on the Devon and Dorset border.
By limiting his food intake on fast days to a 250-calorie breakfast and a 350-calorie supper, he lost 3.6kg/8lb in just six days of fasting.

20g butter, or 20ml rapeseed or sunflower oil
1 onion, diced
3 garlic clove, finely chopped
500-600g broccoli stems, cauliflower stems and outer leaves and/or cabbage stalks and outer leaves, roughly chopped (I running the broccoli stalks through the shredding blade of a food processor with small carrot)
1.0 litres chicken or vegetable stock or water
50g crème fraîche, plus extra to serve (optional)
Extra virgin rapeseed or olive oil, to finish
1 large potato, peeled if desired and cut into 3-cm pieces.
1 bay leaf
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Seasoning to enhance the flavour (optional):
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp parsley
1 tsp sage
1/4 tsp ginger

Melt the butter or heat the oil in a saucepan over a medium-low heat, then add the onion, bay leaf and a pinch of salt.
Sauté until the onion is softened, but don’t let it take on any colour.
This should take about 10 minutes.
Add the garlic and stir for 1 minute.
Add the stems…the broccoli - sauté until the broccoli is softened.
Add the potato, stock and salt.
Bring to a boil over high heat and then lower to a simmer.
Cook partially covered until potatoes and broccoli stalks are tender, about 20 minutes.
Puree soup with an immersion blender or in batches in a blender.
Taste for seasoning.

- How to Cook with Broccoli Stalks - Broccoli Stem and Radish Slaw:

- Eating It All: From Stalk to Leaves | Kitchn:

- Tara Duggan on Root-to-Stalk Cooking:
Her recipes use every possible part of the vegetable, from corn husks to broccoli leaves to apple peels - minimizing kitchen waste.
Chard stalks: grilled, dressed, and served as a side dish.
Most underutilized vegetable part: Broccoli stems!

- Why You Shouldn't Throw Away Cauliflower Leaves | Kitchn:
Cauliflower: Do not throw away the leaves. Save them.
Throw them in a bowl or plastic bag with some oil and spices. I can’t say enough about dill and garlic powder.
Place the oiled leaves in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast in a 200C/400°F oven until they darken and get crispy, about 15 minutes.

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