This was a rare weekend when I had no plans, so I determined to make him a very healing winter soup. He's not such a fan of the watery varieties though, which rules out my favourite Chinese chicken soup recipe. But he does love broccoli. And garlic. Both of which happen to be in season.
Garlicky green soup (man flu remedy):
- Two heads of roughly chopped broccoli
- Half a bulb of garlic (about 6 cloves) - peeled and chopped
- Two celery stalks
- One chopped brown onion
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- 2 cups water
- 150ml cream (or milk)
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 20g butter
In a big pot, melt butter and add olive oil, onions, garlic and celery. Saute until softened, then add broccoli, stock and water.
Make sure there is just enough liquid to cover the broccoli - if not, add a little more. Simmer until broccoli is cooked through, then cool slightly. Use a stick blender to blend until smooth, then add cream or milk. Season with white pepper - it shouldn't need salt as the garlic should give it enough flavour.