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Roasted Gala and Crab Apple, Cauliflower, and Garlic Soup

December 16, 2011

 

I’m missing this place.

It’s a relief to be able to finally harness some time towards editing photos and writing. I haven’t had a minute to be here and say hello, and I wish I could have a bit more. Though, I’m here for my family in California right now, and it’s to help us transition through a difficult and busy situation we’re in. I’m learning a lot and gaining strength through such insanity. It feels great.

So unfortunately, there hasn’t been much cooking, eating, reading, shooting food, or wedding planning involved around these parts as of this December. Though it saddens me a little, I know it’s just so important to be here for loved ones, the holidays are here.

 

 

As soon as I come home from these hectic winter days here, I seek few things; running by the ocean, keeping warm, sipping on good soup and having a beer. And one last one, having a couple of sweatshirts around. They’re very important articles to have.

I look forward to putting on that large sweatshirt, a pair of weird socks, and having a lit fireplace. I then ladle out a cup of soup for myself and D, garnish it, and the night is perfect. These are the crucial components needed to keep me remaining calm.

Sweatshirts and soup, just my excellent move.

I also cannot help but to cherish the fresh air that I’m getting from one run to the next, it’s one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world.

Home.

 

It’s been so cold here in San Diego.

I feel like it’s as frigid as it is New York right now, well maybe not, but I believe they were fairly close in temperatures a few weeks ago. Especially since it was an unfamiliar transition for New York into this winter month.

 

 

I am loving the cold here. And hot soup has been my thing. Rounds and rounds of it, in all consistencies and flavors. It’s been able to soothe my emotions. My D. and my soups know this best right now. You just can’t go wrong with a quick, simple, and colorful preparation.

A few weeks ago, I made this soup of roasted mini gala and crab apples, a few florets of cauliflower, and cloves of sautéed garlic.

 

 

It’s an interesting and addicting combination that’s filled with character; sharing its tangy, yet sweet and savory flavors, while also offering color and comfort.

I found that my favorite way to serve this was with a really cold, but good quality tuna and onion sandwich. Good bread, good tuna packed in oil. Having a dipping setup in action was important too.

Sounds odd, but it’s great.

 

 

I just can’t believe this year will be coming to an end so soon. I’m ready for it to arrive, and excited to be cooking and working towards some of my goals.

Hoping you are celebrating in good company and food right now, as these are some very busy days ahead of us. So here’s to bringing in the holidays, the sweatshirts, good health, all the warmth, creativity, and love for soup.

Happy Holidays!

 

x.

 

 

 

 

Roasted Gala and Crab Apple, Cauliflower, and Garlic Soup

Makes 1 1/2 quarts

 

1 pound crab and gala apples, cored, halved

1 head cauliflower, white or green, 

1 tb butter

1 tb olive oil

3-4 large garlic cloves, roughly chopped

1/2 leek, sliced

3 cups vegetable stock

2 cups water

salt and pepper

 

Garnish: 

A few florets of cauliflower, blanched and reserved

Micro greens

Gala apple slices

 

Pre-heat the oven to 375° F degrees. Line one or two small sheet pans with parchment paper.

Toss the halved apples in 1/2 tb softened butter, spread evenly within a casserole dish or over a sheet pan, and reserve. Toss 3/4 head of cauliflower florets with 1/2 tb olive oil, salt, and pepper. Lay evenly over sheet pan with parchment. Place both prepared pans in the oven and roast for 45 minutes, turn pans halfway through cooking, while also tossing apples and cauliflower for color.

In an 3 quart stockpot over medium heat, saute the garlic and leek with a 1/2 tb butter and a 1/2 tb olive oil for about 5 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups packed of roasted apples and the roasted cauliflower to the stockpot. Cook with the garlic and leek for a few minutes. Add the vegetable stock and water to the stockpot. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. With a hand stick immersion blender, blend the soup in the pot until completely pureed. Pass through a fine mesh sieve, taste for seasonings.

To garnish, have a small bowl of ice water set aside, or if serving right away, omit the ice bath. Bring a small saucepot with salted water to a boil and add the remaining reserved cauliflower florets to the boiling water. Blanch the florets for about 30-45 seconds. Garnish the soup with the blanched florets or for later preparation, transfer to ice bath to stop cooking process.

Serve soup piping hot with a few pieces of cauliflower, micro greens, and slices of apple for color and texture. This soup is excellent with a sandwich served along side.

 

 

 

10 Comments leave one →
  1. December 16, 2011 8:54 pm

    That soup looks gorgeous

  2. December 17, 2011 2:45 am

    Love your work. Beautiful images, lovely recipes. Please do post this one soon!

  3. December 19, 2011 6:20 am

    This soup looks delicious – I’ve never tried apple in a soup before. Love those antique spoons!

  4. December 19, 2011 9:32 am

    Beautiful pictures of the beach and water. And your soup looks delicious, I’m curious about the recipe :)

  5. Emily permalink
    December 19, 2011 11:21 am

    That soup looks so good!! I have a gift for you that may enhance your soup experiences that you’re having. Please tell me you will be in SD through Christmas so I can hand deliver!

  6. December 19, 2011 12:14 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous photos. I’m also curious about the recipe! I always think crab apples are so cute, but I never know what to do with them.

  7. December 19, 2011 9:41 pm

    Thank you for such nice words ladies!! Recipe will be up no later than tomorrow afternoon.

    Emily- Aww, I’m in sd until the 27th!! yes! I can’t wait to see you beauty :)

  8. December 20, 2011 10:52 am

    Isn’t it amazing how you can miss your blog so much? I get that feeling every time I’m away for a few weeks!

    Such a lovely recipe here!

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