There is something that just draws me to all things green. Something about the vibrancy of the color, and probably the idea we’ve all grown up with that green = healthy, makes my mouth water when I see a plateful of something in the emerald family. So naturally, I was quite drawn to this soup, and it delivered on all fronts! What an amazing way to cap off my weekly four recipes for the #osgcookbook challenge!
The toughest part of making this soup was the chopping, and really it wasn’t all that bad. I usually start sauteing things right away and chop as I go, but given that I needed broccoli, carrots, and mushrooms, all ready at the same time (and in substantial quantities), I decided to prep these in advance. Then I turned on the heat and continued on in my regular way, chopping onion, garlic, and ginger, and adding them to the pot as I went along.
Going back for a second, I have a little trick to share when it comes to chopping broccoli. Chop off some big pieces first, then take a big chunk and start by chopping up the stem, moving towards the flowery head of broccoli. Eventually, you will get to a point where the broccoli florets all fall apart into perfect little bite sized pieces. Cool huh?
The soup smelled fantastic as it bubbled away, reminding me of the classic veggie-and-spice aromas of my favorite little hippy, vegan restaurants. I added just slightly more of every spice called for in this recipe, and was glad I did. I typically use up to double the quantity of spices in most recipes, as I find generally North American cookbooks and magazines tend to go too easy on the flavor for my taste. I suggest starting with the original amounts, tasting whatever you are making, and then adding more as you see fit (or don’t if you like it as-is!)
In no time at all, I had a delicious soup that was vibrantly green, richly spiced, and so darn healthy I felt like I could skip the gym for having eaten it 😛 Hey, I did work out a little with all that chopping, right?
For the full recipe, checkout Angela Liddon’s fantastic cookbook, Oh She Glows!