Soup can be such a comfort. Auguste Escoffier once said that “Soup puts the heart at ease, calms down the violence of hunger, eliminates the tension of the day, and awakens and refines the appetite.” As I sit here writing this post my home is peaceful and quite. My Little Jedi is at the movies with his Grandma and my Little Bear is enjoying looking at Christmas books and throwing them all over the living room floor. I am sipping on some freshly made stock and am enjoying the beautiful sounds of classical music playing from my cell phone. Oh yes, my friend you read that correctly- my cell phone!
For the past hour now I have been on hold, hoping to speak with the next available representative. Yet again, there are issues with my son’s health insurance. I have spent countless hours, over the past few weeks, dealing with insurance issues and it looks like my battle is far from over. When I started my day this is not how I saw it going. Tomorrow is My Dreamboat’s birthday and I had planned to spend the day preparing to celebrate him and all his awesomeness. I had outlined this blog post and had planned to have it up early in the day. But then life happened. And as you well know, life is beautiful and full of wonderful plans and dreams but it is also, on most days, messy and on some, nearly impossible.
Things rarely go as planned. There are countless blog posts written about it. Books are available on this very topic. An innumerable amount of counseling sessions have been spent hashing over this. By now, it should not be a surprise that today my life has veered off the course I had set out upon. But it was.
A lot has happened since I started writing this post. My family is all home now. Their sounds of play, laughter, and potentially destruction are filling our home. The beautiful songs of Josh Garrel’s Christmas album are playing in the background. Our bellies are full from a warm, satiating, home cooked meal. As I think about my day…as I think about my life, I am reminded of the wise words spoken by Stitch. My life may seem little to some and it may be a bit broken in places, but it is good! Ya, still good! And so tonight, I am reminded once again to give thanks for this life, for the baby in the manger, and for delicious bowls of soup.
It really is amazing how simple things like a hug from a child, a beautiful song or a satisfying meal can put your heart at ease. I have created a recipe just for times like these. This soup is warm, creamy and comforting. Enjoy and may it help to melt the tension of the day!
- 10 Carrots
- 1 small Celery Root
- 1 Yellow Onion
- 2 Garlic Cloves
- 2 heads of Cauliflower
- Marrow, Fat and other Soft Bits from stock
- 2 qts Stock (For one of our favorite stock recipes click here)
- 1/4 cup Parsley- finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp Thyme- fresh
- 1/4 tsp Rosemary- fresh
- Optional Toppings:
- Green Onion
- Poached Salmon or other fish
- Whatever else sounds delicious
Break or chop your cauliflower into large chunks.
- Place cauliflower in a pot with the marrow, fat, and soft bits left over from making stock. Cover with stock.
- Simmer until soft.
- While the cauliflower is cooking chop your carrots, celery root, onion, and garlic. Place in another pot. Add the parsley, thyme, and rosemary. Barely cover with stock.
- Simmer for 30-45 minutes.
- Once the cauliflower is done simmering place your cauliflower, marrow, fat, and soft bits into your Vitamix blender or food processor. Add in just enough stock to blend. You have just made Creamy Cauliflower Mash. This mixture should be very thick and creamy.
- Once the carrot mixture is done simmering pour in the creamy cauliflower mash and stir to combine. This Soup should be thick and creamy, just like a chowder.
- Add salt to taste.
- Pour into bowls and garnish with your favorite toppings.